Sat 27
Farleigh Rovers
First Team
L Parrington (54'), S Cheeseman (65')
Foxes fail to dampen promotion push

Foxes fail to dampen promotion push

By Westfield FC Webmaster
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Combined Counties Division One

Arriving at Parsonge Field scene of many an end of season tears including their own Westfield were determined not to slip up in their final away game of the season.

Making one change to the starting line up with Adam Beale replacing Andy Wright the visitors were the seeking maximum points that would give them the ideal platform to take into their final 3 home games of the season.

Westfield started well going down the hill in a scenario similar to Wednesday. They went close in the opening 120 seconds when Luke Beale played in Damien Panter and driving into the box the striker saw his chip fly over Walton’s crossbar. With the backline squeezing high and not letting Farleigh out Westfield continued to make all the running. They nearly took the lead in the 9th minute when Panter played in Cheeseman out wide and his cross somehow eluded Brown at the back post who perhaps had arrived a fraction too early. The frustrations from Westfield’s support continued to show as many shooting opportunities were created but not taken as too many times a unnecessary final pass was played into the equation. When Westfield finally did decide to shoot they scored. On 23 minutes Shaun Browns 25 yard free kick was misjudged by the injured Walton in the goal and flew into the net. This was to be the keeper’s last action as he was to leave the field nursing an injured back. Despite facing an outfield player in goal Westfield rarely tested the makeshift number one as the rest of the half produced a lacklustre affair.

A stern talking to from the management at half time saw Westfield emerge early for the second half. With the hosts now attacking the bottom goal and a newly appeared wind in their favour it appeared initially that this could be a difficult half for Westfield. Several early crosses into the box were dealt with excellently by Tony Davis. Just as it appeared Farleigh were getting into their rhythm Westfield doubled their lead. A Jack Hollins corner was headed downwards and through the legs of the unfortunate keeper into the net. It was later revealed that the final touch had come off the thigh of Liam Parrington who had no hesitation in claiming the goal much to Browns disgust. The inquest continues. This effectively quashed any new found optimism from the home side and Westfield again looked more likely to add further goals to their tally. The 3rd arrived on 65 minutes when Brown’s flick played in Cheeseman and the striker smashed home first time with his weaker foot to wrap up the points. Westfield brought on last season’s skipper Lee Allum for his first appearance of the season and Brown twice showed great feet to fashion chances for himself, on both occasions the keeper coming to the home side’s rescue. Farleigh’s best effort arrived in injury time with a cross from 40 yards out wide that Davis did well to adjust and tip over his bar. In injury time Jemel Johnson raced clear but slotted just wide. The win ensured a magnificent away record of 37 points from 51 on the road this season. A record currently only better by South Kilburn who have taken 38 points.

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Sat 27, Apr 2013






Division One