A brilliant match that went to the wire

20/03/2016 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Ten man Westwood walk tall and nearly pull off our best result of the season
Westwood United U17s 1-2 St Peters Iver Lionhearts

This Cup semi final saw the 3rd meeting of the year between these highly competitive sides. Westwood were lacking some key players due to late injury call offs, which meant they had the bare 11 at kick off.

Kicking uphill (downhill is usually worth a 2 goal lead) in the first half was always going to be a test and after an even opening Westwood fell behind; however they battled hard and an outstanding cross from Craig was bundled in by Ollie E to take the wind out of the boisterous St Peter’s players and supporters.

The team were playing with spirit, working hard, with Dan excelling in midfield, closing down energetically and picking off quality passes.

At halftime the always dangerous Fergus had to leave, meaning we were down to 10 against the league’s top team. The 2nd half was tight. Ollie E had a chance and Craig fired wide from range. The boys worked really hard, Ollie C putting in a great shift on the right and the defence of Alex, Ben, Aman and Ed keeping them at bay. Ryan’s handling was also back to his assured best.

It looked destined for extra time when, with 2 minutes to go, Westwood failed to clear a corner and Iver scored to their unconfined delight and relief. It was harsh on the boys who pressed to the end.

This was a fantastic effort against a quality team with Westwood resources stretched to the limit. Ten men walked tall! They should be proud.

Westwood lose to Iver: all to play for in the cup next week!

13/03/2016 at 11:23 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Westwood lose to Iver: all to play for in the cup next week!

St Peter Iver Lionhearts 4 -0 Westwood Park United U17s

On a glorious hazy Saturday morning it was time again to battle with our arch rival’s St Peters Iver Lionhearts who at our last match only just got the better of us with a one goal win back in November.

The game started off fairly balanced, the first opportunity came after 15 mins when Iver missed the net going just wide, a near miss but a wakeup call for Westwood. The first 30 mins saw Westwood trying to push forwards with neat passes and good control although at times a lapse in concentration that gave Iver a number of chances to get ahead. A well taken Iver corner 35 mins into the game was saved superbly by Ryan along with great defending by Aman and Ben.

Not so lucky 5 mins later from another Iver corner saw the ball go into the net after a goal mouth scramble. With a goal down Westwood needed to focus, regroup and try to level the score before half time. Westwood almost pulled one back minutes later with Alex sending the ball just over the bar and then minutes later Arjan’s controlled pass to Ollie E went close but blocked by a solid Iver defence. If Westwood were going to score in the second half they needed to communicate, concentrate and reorganise. Iver had dominated the first half and were certainly not looking to take prisoners.

Westwood gave away a corner early into the second half but skilfully saved by Ryan, but 5 minutes later Iver put a second goal into the net from the edge of the box. Then minutes later an Iver free kick from long range was knocked out by Ryan only for Iver to header it back into the net, 3 goals down. Westwood looked disheartened but fought on and the closest opportunity came in the 30th min of the second half when Alex’s skilful cross from outside the box to Arjan almost resulted in a goal, but goes over.

Ten minutes before the final whistle Westwood gave away another free kick 25 yards from the box, a well taken shot by Iver hitting the back of the net making the final score 4 – 0.
Iver played a great game, with more energy, constantly counter attacking and keeping Westwood’s defence and goalie busy and preventing Westwood advancing forwards by constantly closing Westwood down.

Westwood never gave up, their overall performance was good, but we always knew Iver was going to be a challenging match. All the players gave it their best but plenty of work still to do.
An important cup game next week at home, again with St Peters Iver. If we can remain focused and concentrate throughout and not let Iver frustrate us, then we can and will have a winning chance!

Westwood rally for morale boosting win

06/03/2016 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

Westwood Park United U17s 4 -2 Kings Church Amersham City

Westwood rally for morale boosting win

On a cold morning with snow in the air Westwood had the advantage of kicking downhill first half. After recent comeback defeats a cushion at half time was important and an early lead was secured by Fergus latching on to Tom’s excellent through ball. All was looking good and Tom’s skilful flick from Ed’s delivery made it 2-0 and giving us some comfort. Whilst the boys’ passing was improving, there were still times when a lack of awareness meant willing runners went unnoticed. There were some shots from distance and good work from Magnus nearly created an opportunity: however, never making life easy, Amersham pulled one back with a shot from distance after Ryan’s clearing kick came up short.

All to play for and inevitably Amersham came on more strongly equalising when a well struck free kick from distance rebounded off the bar striking Ryan on the back and into the net. Surely Westwood would not lose a 2 goal lead for the third time this season…. But no, good work done the left with Ollie E involved led to Craig’s cross being smashed into the net by an unfortunate defender. The game was getting more physical and whilst there were few clear cut chances, both Arjan and Tom both went close. With seconds remaining Magnus was tripped in the box and got up to beat the keeper to his left. 4-2 and game over. Kicking uphill the boys had performed strongly and are well set to rise to the challenges ahead: Iver away then Iver at home in the cup. Come on Westwood!

Déjà vu all over again: St James Eagles 4-2 Westwood United U17s

28/02/2016 at 9:24 am | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

St James Eagles 4-2 Westwood United U17s (Craig, Ben)

This match was “déjà vu all over again”. On a cold morning on a bumpy dry pitch Westwood kicked downhill and dominated from the start. Good work from Fergus and Magnus led to Craig’s controlled close range finish to make it 1-0 and shortly after a classic Ben long free kick was fumbled by the keeper into the net for 2-0. It was looking good and Craig rattled the bar (pictured)with a great, dipping long range strike before Ben crashed another shot against the woodwork and Magnus shot narrowly wide. Half time, in control, what could possibly go wrong……

Kicking uphill Arjan shot just over at the start of the 2nd half. It was a turning point, as 3 freak goals turned the game on its head. A grass cutter of a free kick, a fortunate rebound off the post and a desperate mix up at the back saw Westwood 3-2 down. The game was turning increasingly feisty as Amman and Magnus added to Craig’s first half booking, but the guys showed spirit and kept pressing. Ollie and Arjan went close before St James made it 4-2 following a loss of possession in midfield.

Whilst a great disappointment after the first half efforts there were strong performances, in particular from Will and Alex, whilst Ben tried at all times to drive the team forward. The league is a step too far now, but it was good to get some game time after almost 3 months away and the Cup is still up for grabs!

Match Report Westwood park United 2-3 Westwood Park Rangers

13/12/2015 at 12:56 am | Posted in Match Reports | Leave a comment

United Rally Falls Just Short

This was a really competitive local derby played on a wet pitch and ultimately edged by a strong well organized Rangers team.

After a quick start Rangers scored 3 goals without reply, the first skilfully worked down the left, the second from a corner and the third from long range with Ryan out of position caught out in the soggy conditions. United had their chances with Craig hitting the bar and having a shot cleared off the line from Magnus`s fine pass. The game was always even and eventually Craig picked himself up to pull one back from the penalty spot.

Kicking downhill in the second half the game turned as United dominated. Ben nodded in Ollie`s floated corner and shortly after Fergus stood over a penalty poised to level the game. He struck it to the keeper`s right mid height , but it was well saved. Surely another chance would come…. Magnus struck the post as he bolstered midfield and the boys never gave up, but in their desperation they lost some organization and discipline.

This was a great disappointment after last week. Sometimes the boys overplayed trying to do too much on their own and not playing the easy pass. So there is much to work on, but with more focus and concentration they will get back to winning ways.

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