Slaithwaite 1 Westend 1
TOP of the table Slaithwaite had their promotion hopes dented by a battling Westend team who are struggling to avoid the drop into Divison 3. Playing with the advantage of a strong wind the home side relied on the long ball for most of the first half but the Westend defence of James Prieditis, Pat Clarke, Austen Bedeau and Tom Wigley held firm. The best chance of the half came when the home striker broke clear only to be denied by a brilliant save from keeper Danny Hadfield. The visitors made three changes at half time and began to dominate the match with some good passing moves. Richard Boustead and Toyan Greaves both went close during a spell of intense Westend pressure but the home side then hit the bar from a rare attack on the hour mark. A draw looked to be on the cards but a rash tackle by a Westend player 10 minutes from the end gifted the leaders a penalty that was duly dispatched past the diving Hadfield. The visitors then showed their fighting qualities and were rewarded in the dying minutes when a mistake from the home keeper allowed a 25 yard shot from Toyan Greaves to drop over the line. The away team could have won the match in the last seconds when another superb move gave Tom Wigley the chance to score, but the winger scuffed his shot and both teams had to settle for a point apiece.
A CLOSE one to call as the Tigers and the Leopards were both fighting for the top spot with four wins each but the Tigers took it as they had drawn one game and the Leopards let it slip as they lost a game. The Tigers’ first game was end to end game stuff with the Lions team holding their own until the Tigers struck first with a fine goal from Harun Townend, but Lions equalised. Up next were the Pumas who came so close but it was the Tigers who notched the winner through Hakan Dalbal. Then another winning game for the Tigers who fired home three good goals. Seb Grant scored the first and Townend got the next two. Tigers went from strength to strength as the Leopards were next up and there was more end-to-end play before the Leopards scored. But the Tigers levelled through Dalbal, then Townend hit a super goal to finish them off. Leopards just missed out on the top spot but did their best to keep the pressure on the Tigers. Adil Arshad hit a fine goal against the Cougars and Ben Campbell added a second. The Cougars came back with two goals but Nathan Watts won the game for the Leopards with a third. Campbell was yet again on the score-sheet for the Leopards getting the opener, then Joseph Falconio added a second win the game. Tigers then went down 2-1, with Jack Bower scoring for the Leopards, but they then got back to winning ways in the final match over the Panthers. Watts hit the target first and Arshad hit two more goals to make it 3-0. Pumas could only manage to win two games with goals from Thomas May, Luke France, Alex King and Oliver Millard. Cougars had a difficult day managing just one win with goals from Jake Morton, Aaron Swain and Alex Lee. Lions had three drawn games but some fine goals went in from Louie Chappell, Daniel Brooksbank and Luke Bower. Panthers were bringing up the rear as they could only draw one game but they battled their way through some hard games and scored some fine goals through Elliot Stokes, Daniel May and Edward Raw.
Tigers 3 Leopards 4
THIS was a terrific day’s football and the first games proved the most exciting with the best football so far from the Westend youngsters. The Tigers and Leopards came head to head as did Tom Brook and Morgan Tankard with both showing promise and flair. Ben Mellor provided the first chance for Tankard who finished well and new boy Max Copley gave Tankard the ball with the time and space to slot the ball home and make it 2-0 to the Leopards. The Tigers roared back with the fearsome Tom Brook scoring a superb hat trick and the ever-improving Niall Gallagher acting as provider. Thomas Cox, Jay Sirus and Jack Earnshaw all looked sharp for the Tigers, but it was not to be as the Leopards stepped up the pace with Tankard getting four with thanks to his team mates Aaron Bellafonte, Dev Patel and Joe Strastrasinsk who put in great performances.
District League Reserve Div 2
Westend 1 Scholes 0
A 25-yard strike from captain Warren Canavan gave Westend the points against a well organised Scholes side. The visitors are facing relegation and from the first whistle were snapping at the heels of the Westend players. The first chance fell to the away side that was well saved by keeper Daz Weaver. The home side were struggling to find any form and only had a Karl Fleetwood header against the crossbar to show for the opening 30 minutes. The crucial goal was scored soon after when a corner was cleared and the ball was volleyed over the keeper. Young striker Aaron Van Leeuwen then missed a golden opportunity to extend the lead shooting over. Westend started the second half playing the ball on the floor and from a Sam Boothroyd pass Mark Thwaites saw his shot well saved by the keeper. Full backs Ben Johnson and Elliott Polzin were providing the width but the crucial second goal was evading the home side. Centre back Craig Boustead marshalled the back four and when the visitors were reduced to nine men due to injuries the last 20 minutes passed without any further chances. Westend now look forward to a junior cup semi final against Newsome WMC next Friday at Barr Street.
Westend Lions 4 Norristhorpe 0
WESTEND were up against 10 man Norristhorpe and came away with a good win. It was an uneventful first half and Westend failed to dominate the half only managing to go in 1-0 up at the interval with a goal from Dan Robinson. In the second half the extra man began to tell. Westend used the extra space well and created a lot of chances. Goals from Matt Dorotiak, Jacob Giwisser and Dan Robinson put the game beyond the visitors.
Westend Tigers 2 Rastrick ‘B’ 8
THE last match of the season ended defeat, but the Tigers can hold their heads high as they played the second half with 10 men. But Rastrick were gifted a goal and the reds found themselves a goal down again after playing good football. Another soft goal was conceded and this seemed to relax Rastrick. Westend pulled a goal back with Gee slotting home and half time came with the reds trailing by the odd goal. With only 10 players taking to the pitch in the second half the reds were going to be up against it. They defended well, but eventually Rastrick found the openings and started to score goals. Kay pulled a goal back to make it 6-2 but Rastrick added two more in the final five minutes. Man of the match – Joe Chamberlain.
Westend 4 Prospect 2
THE home team came out of the traps with fire in their bellies as they dominated the first half. A Liam Harrison strike opened the scoring and good link up play from Harrison and Midgley created a second goal for Harrison. Tindall, Dorotiak, Davies and Flaherty were in fine form at the back and with keeper Van Leeuwen pulling off some super saves the visitors were unable to get back into the match. Joe Senior scored a third. The visitors then turned the tables on the home team scoring with a super strike.The home side still had the edge on the game deep into the half and Harrison completed his hat trick, chipping the keeper to make it four. Prospect got another goal back but it was too little too late. Loyal clubman Luke Robertson did an outstanding job in the middle.
TIGERS won 1, drew 1 and lost 1 – scoring eight goals in three games. Tigers played some neat football at times, Dominic S got five of their eight goals, Daniel A (2) and Jack M one. The team was Jack M, Dominic S, Daniel A, Daniel S, Rory O and Jack W. Leopards drew all their games, scoring six in three games. Andrew B hit three, Josh R (2) and Elliot W (1). Leopards missed lots of good chances. Elliot W displayed some great defending. Team Ben S, Jack T, Andrew B, Alexander T, Ryan, Elliot W and Josh R. Pumas won 2 and drew 1 – scoring seven. Liam H got 3, Lewis P (2), Harry B (1) and Elyza B (1). Pumas, creating lots of chances and defending well, were made the team of the day. Team: Thomas T, Lewis P, Harry B, Elyza B, Liam H, Jacob H and Manwell M. Lions lost 2 and drew 1, with Luke T and Tom B getting their goals. Lions played some really good football but didn’t create enough chances. Team: Lewis S, Luke T, Tyler J, Tom B, Joe C and Ben P.
Penistone 1 Westend 0
WESTEND quickly got into their stride but Waqass Ali and Anthony McMahon missed chances. After Calum Westwood brought down the Penistone striker the penalty was brilliantly saved by man of the match Alex Briggs. Penistone pressured the Westend defence into a mistake and forced the ball home and the rest of the second half was end-to-end but Penistone held on. Alex Blagbrough, Chris Brook and Ashley Whittaker all distinguished themselves.
YMCA ‘B’ 2 Westend Tigers 3
WESTEND again took the honours in another closely fought contest at Laund Hill. Defenders Kieran Hood, Oliver Quinn, Bradley West and Harrison Radford-Reid were kept busy by the lively home attackers and keeper Tyler King made good saves before a breakaway saw Corann Angus fire home a superb shot from the edge of the area to give Westend the lead. The home side got their reward just before the interval when a superb chip beat the Westend keeper from 10 yards out. The breakthrough came when a YM defender put the ball past his own keeper after 10 minutes of the second half. Jake Beaumont then got his reward for an outstanding midfield display scoring from close range after a defensive mix up. YMCA were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes and smashed a superb shot past Westend keeper King. This set up a rousing final few minutes. Ishmael Rehman and Jake Beaumont were named joint men of the match. The team now have a break before their final match against division champions Hepworth Utd ‘B’ on Sunday April 26.