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05/12/2011 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Kings Church Amersham United vs Westwood Park Warriors

KCA Utd 0 Westwood Park Warriors 5

Away Match: 3rd December 2011

Westwood Park Warriors Squad: Dan Bradshaw, Toby Bradshaw, Thomas Cocking, Christian Grint, Jude Lingard, Archie Palmer, Drew Skilling, Ryan Treadwell, Harry West

Westwood Park maintained their unbeaten start to the season with an ultimately comfortable fifth straight win, consolidating their position at the top of the league table. Built on a solid defensive platform, Westwood Park’s attacking duo of Jude and Drew and a strong running midfield performance from Christian drove Westwood Park to a result that was never in doubt after Drew put Westwood Park 1 – 0 up in the first half.

The Amersham United team showed well on its maiden league outing and, aside from Toby’s early shot onto the crossbar, the match was an even contest until Westwood Park made the breakthrough mid way through the first half. This goal seemed to stir Westwood Park into life and after a spell of pressure, Jude went closest to adding to Westwood Park’s lead with a run and shot across the face of the Amersham United goal. Amersham United were still a threat on the break and Thomas had to be alert in the Westwood Park goal to foil an Amersham United attack, clutching the ball at the second attempt after an Amersham United shot. Some good interplay between Archie and Christian on the left wing opened up an opportunity for Jude whose shot was well saved by the Amersham United goalkeeper; the beginning of a busy morning.

Drew then turned provider with a mazy run through the heart of the Amersham United team before teeing up Jude to put Westwood Park 2 – 0 up. Solid defending from Archie, Harry and Toby ensured that Westwood Park went into the break with a clean sheet.

Westwood Park came charging out of the blocks at the beginning of the second half. Ryan’s run and cross from the right set up a shot from Jude which the Amersham United goalkeeper did well to save. Further interplay down the left from Archie and Christian created another chance, and after Jude was foiled in a one on one by the Amersham United goalkeeper, it seemed only a matter of time before Westwood Park would increase their lead. After further shots from Christian and a now trade mark long range effort from Toby failed to add to the score sheet, Drew was on hand to tap in a rebound from a fine save following Jude’s initial shot for 3 – 0. Westwood Park’s fourth goal was the pick of the bunch; Drew starting the move with a clearing header from an Amersham United corner with Christian picking up the ball in his own half and running the length of the pitch before calmly slotting the ball wide to the Amersham United keeper’s right.

A rare Amersham United break was foiled by a fine tip over from captain Dan, until then a spectator in the Westwood Park goal having replaced Thomas at half time. Any doubts about the final result were put to rest with Westwood Park’s final goal; a fine effort from Jude who allowed the ball from the right to run across his body before angling in a left footed shot in the far corner for 5 – 0, leaving the Amersham United keeper with no chance.

With the game won and perhaps with next Saturday’s important league match in mind, Westwood Park’s performance fell away in the final quarter of the match and they were indebted to some fine and solid goalkeeping for maintaining a clean sheet as Amersham United pilled forward. Westwood Park did however finish on a high, with a number of late chances thwarted by the Amersham United Keeper.

On the final whistle, both teams could look back on a good, competitive match played in the right spirit. In particular, Westwood Park can take the confidence from the best team performance of the season into next Saturday’s final league fixture before the Christmas break: well done everyone and bring on the Tornados!

The Westwood Park man of the match performance was awarded to Christian for a dynamic end to end midfield performance capped by the goal of the match.

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