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Westfields (H) 18/19

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Coventry United FC v Westfields FC

Midland Football League Premier Division

 

Date:                  Saturday 9thMarch 2019

KO:                     3.00pm

Venue:              Butts Park Arena

Attendance:      155

 

Well hello one and all. After last week’s entertaining 4-3 defeat to Boldmere St Michaels, United today welcome high flying Wesfields FC to the Butts park Arena to contest what should be a highly competitive game of football.

Westfields are currently sitting in 3rdposition in the league and were one of the favourites for the honours come the end of the season and will surely be looking to pick up another 3pts today to close the gap on the leaders.

United manager Terry Anderson will need to make a couple of enforced changes and with the return of the fans favourite Kyle Carey, the starting line up should be an interesting one.

The referee gets the game under way and it’s Westfields who show some early intent when they power forward in the 1stminute when a punt up field finds the No10 Ben Miller who in turn fires a fierce shot goalwards and brings out a good early save from United’s keeper Brendan Bunn.

United respond with an attack of their own in the 4thminute when Joe Cairns runs into the area before seemingly being hauled to the ground but the referee saw nothing untoward and waved away all penalty appeals. United have soon settled into the game and are seeing a lot of the ball. They break with great pace down the left with Kyle Carey who skips past a defender with consummate ease in the 15thminute before sending a firm low cross into the box that picks out Eli Bako and he sends a crisp drive into the back of the net for a great opening goal.

UNITED 1 WESTFIELDS 0

That was a well worked goal for United and fully deserved. The lead though only lasts for 7 minutes when Westfields break in the 22ndminute and the No9 John Mills turns in a low cross from six yards out for a quick equaliser.

UNITED 1 WESTFIELDS 1

This game is looking like being a cracking contest as both teams are working hard to get some control. Soon after the game resumes, a double booking is issued to United’s Kyle Carey and Westfields No4 Kane Kahaki for an incident off the ball in the 23rdminute and that’s followed up with a booking for dissent to the No7 Craig Jones in the 26thminute.

Both teams are now cancelling each other out and chances are few and far between until after a long throw in from United’s Lewis Ison see’s Jamal Clarke attempt an overhead kick that goes over the bar from 10 yrds out in the 41stminute. Then moments later another yellow card is shown but this time it goes to United’s Luke Downes in the 43rdminute for dissent.

The final chance in the first half falls to United from a Luke Downes free kick. His cross drops into the six yard box and United’s Tyler Haddow is on hand to steer the ball over the line to regain United the lead in the 45+2minutes.

UNITED 2 WESTFIELDS 1

The referee restarts the game and soon after blows up for half time.

Half Time

UNITED 2 WESTFIELDS 1

Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United are gifted a good chance in the 51stminute after a bad kick out by the Westfields keeper Kerion Blackburn that goes straight to Tyler Haddow but he sees his shot goes over the bar. Soon after United are on the attack again with the impressive Kyle Carey. Carey does really well to skip past a couple of defenders as he heads into the area. His only blight is his decision to shoot instead of laying a simple ball to his left to Tyler Haddow in a great position as his shot goes straight to the keeper Kerion Blackburn in the 53rdminute.

Westfields decide to make a change in the 54thminute when they take off the No8 Dan Kerr and send on the No14 Jamie Molyneux. Then soon after United make a change of their own when they take off Eli Bako and send on Sam Lockley in the 62ndminute. More changes follow in the 66thminute when Westfields take off the No6 Matt Reeve and send on the No15 Keanu Cooper.

Disaster strikes for Westfields in the 67thminute when the No4 Kane Kahaki is sent off after receiving his second yellow card for a tackle United’s Gift Mussa. The referee might be needing a new pen if he’s not careful as he books the Westfields No5 Paul Hurrell for a foul on Sam Lockley in the 71stminute.

United are seeing a lot of the ball again but struggle to break down a stern Westfields outfit, but United’s shout for a possible second penalty is turned down by the referee when Joe cairns looked to be sandwiched to the ground inside the area in the 72ndminute.

Westfields finally create a second half chance in the 77thminute after they broke forward with the impressive John Mills who brought out a great save from keeper Brendan Bunn to preserve United’s very slender lead. Into the next minute in the 78th, the referee is called into action again when he decides to book United’s Tyler Haddow for time wasting and Westfields decide to make a change during the break in proceedings when they take off the No5 Paul Hurrell and send on the No12 Ollie Butler.

The game is now into the last 10 minutes and United make their final change in the 84thminute when they take off Joe Cairns and send on Guy Bayston to bolster up the defence in the dying minutes as Westfields press for the equaliser. That left gaps for United to exploit and in the 90+2ndminute United broke free with Sam Lockley pouncing on a loose ball before squaring the ball to Tyler Haddow but his shot is saved by the keeper kerion Blackburn. That turned out to be the final chance of the game as soon after the referee blew up for full time and United claim a fully deserved 3pts.

Full Time

UNITED 2 WESTFIELDS 1

In summing up this game I would have to say IF ONLY. United today played really well as a team and made a good side look ordinary. They saw plenty of the ball and created some good chances and if they had been given the two penalties I think they should have had then the score line would have been in more convincing and deservedly so. Westfields are no mugs and were surely hoping to be taking the point’s home but United proved that they can compete with the very best in this league.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Westfields No9 John Mills. This lad stood out for the opposition and showed great composure on the ball and scored a good goal to cap off a fine performance.

For United everybody put a shift in today to grind out a great win. Brendan Bunn had to be at his best a couple of times making some great saves to keep his team in front. Gift Mussa had some good quality players to compete with and came out on top with another trademark Gift performance. Tyler Haddow also had another great game and is settling into the team lovely and scored what turned out to be the winning goal. Sadly he just misses out for another man of the match award as I give it to the returning Kyle Carey. Kyle today provided the width, trickery and direct running that we have been missing and he slotted back into the team effortlessly as he went about creating plenty of chances for his team mates and also chalked up an assist for the opener so very well played Kyle Carey.

Match stats              United    Westfields

On target                      (5)              (3)

Off target                      (6)              (2)

Corners                         (2)              (6)

Free kicks                     (16)            (11)

Yellow cards               (3)              (4)

Red cards                   (0)               (1)

Offside                        (6)               (4)