Westend Lions 9 Kirkheaton 2
THE Lions got back to winning ways in no uncertain terms.
The game was effectively over as a contest by half time as Westend had forged into a 5-1 lead playing uphill against the driving wind and rain.
Louis Rowe and Callum Hamilton bagged a brace each and Owen Haseldine added one to take the game out of Kirkheaton’s reach.
In the second half Westend passed the ball about well and Lions debutant Harry Robinson looked settled. James Clark took man of the match for a terrific midfield performance, scoring a hat trick and looking like his old self, after a lengthy recovery period of four months from a bad injury.
Nathan Gallagher topped a great team performance by firing in a ‘screamer’ from outside the box.
Scorers: Rowe 2, Hamilton 2, Clark 3, Haseldine, Gallagher.
THE Cougars took top spot winning four games on the bounce and drawing one. First win was over the Leopards who struck first but that was cancelled out by Jake Morton’s equaliser. The Cougars went in front with a fine goal from Reuben Rai but that was short lived as the Leopards squared the game up again. The Cougars managed one last push and up popped William Clay to win the game with his goal. The Cougars gave the Panthers a right old thumping as they knocked six goals past them Harun Townend bagged a hat-trick and Morton was also on the score sheet with two goals and Rai was on hand to finish them off. Cougars were in battle with the Lions team who took an early lead with two good goals. The Cougars were shell shocked but it was not long as they soon found their range through Joseph Falconio who went on to score a hat trick. The Lions squared the game but in the dying minutes Morton hit home a super goal for a Cougar win. Townend again scored twice and Rai added the other in a 3-1 win over the Pumas. The Lions also did well with four winning games too, and but for losing the third game they could have taken top spot from the Cougars. The Lions were in winning form in there first game Alex King hitting his hat-trick to win over the Tigers. The Pumas were up next as four goals went flying into their net via King, Grant (two) and an own goal. Lions were then involved in a seven goal thriller with the Cougars. King, Elliot Stokes and Harry Duwell scored for the Lions but Cougars finished them off with four goals.The Leopards only won three games but worked hard throughout with goals from Alex Lee, Thomas May, Cameron Rose and Andrej Smith
Pumas managed to win two games with Josh Taylor hitting two goals and Ashley Wilkins also getting his name on the score sheet. Tigers could only win one game, but battled hard throughout. Their goals came from Danny May, Josh Armstrong, Luke Bower, Hakan Dalbal and Isaac Brown. Panthers held their own in some of the games and their scorers were Adil Arshad and Edward Raw.
District League Reserve Div 2
Meltham ‘A’ 2 Westend Reserves 5
WESTEND moved up to second place with a solid team performance against a battling Meltham side on a blustery day at Broadlands Rec.
With the advantage of the wind and the slope the visitors were soon creating problems for the home defenders and opened the scoring in the tenth minute when striker Luke Robertson broke clear to beat the keeper with a low shot into the corner of the net.
Ten minutes later Dylan Thwaites headed home a Mark Thwaites corner to give his side a comfortable 2-0 lead and the same player put the result beyond doubt with a fine strike from the edge of the area just before half time. The home side started the second half in good style and began to cause problems for the Westend defence. A clumsy tackle in the area gifted them a goal to set up a thrilling 10 minutes of end-to-end football.
Experienced striker Dylan Thwaites evaded two tackles to set up James Graley who gave the keeper no chance from 20 yards and effectively seal all three points for Westend.
Another poor piece of defending gave the home side a second goal but a fine run from the very promising James Webster gave Dave Williams a simple tap in to seal an excellent 5-2 victory in the last minute.
Teenagers Luke Robertson, James Webster, Joe Whiteley and Adam Haigh all played their part in an excellent Westend team effort.
A special word of thanks to Westend’s Marcus Paul who despite being injured took up the refereeing duties and did a superb job!
District League Reserve Div 4
Westend ‘A’ 4 Hade Edge 1
A first victory of the season was well earned as the youngsters toppled league leaders Hade Edge.
From the kick off the reds were always in control and the forwards of Graley and Turibamwe were causing visitors all sorts of problems. Westend took the lead when Turibamwe reacted quickest and fired home from 8 yards out. Matty Mann was outstanding in goals and with a solid back four in front of him which consisted of Davis, Ratcliffe, Batley and Maloney, Hade Edge found it hard to break them down. The Reds added a second when Jordan Parker cut in from the wing and placed his shot into the left hand top corner. Chances came for the Reds to increase their lead but half time came with a 2-0 score line.
It was important that the Reds remained focused and debutant Josh Barrett and David Aisthorpe were working tirelessly in midfield. Hade Edge then conceded a penalty which was well executed by Steve Batley. Hade Edge were given a life line and pulled a goal back but Westend still attacked with great menace, Chris Hampson was outstanding on the left wing but it was Turibamwe who added the fourth goal. A great team effort every player gave their all and the man of the match went to Matthew Turibamwe.
Under 12 Div 3
District League Reserve Div 4
Battyeford 9 Westend Tigers 1
WESTEND were unable to compete against the Battyeford first team and were soundly beaten on the day.
The squad are finding life much more difficult after being promoted to Div 3 and are faced with a tough season ahead as there are only two ‘B’ teams in the division.
Conceding three goals in the first five minutes gave the Westend players an impossible task and with some players appearing to lose heart they were lucky to keep the score down.
No training this week – check out team news on the website.
Under 7 Report
THE first round began with wins for the Lions, Leopards and Panthers. The Lions proved too strong for the Tigers winning 5-0 despite some fantastic saves from Theo in the Tigers goal. Harvey Brook opened the scoring and then ran the full length of the pitch to score another. Finlay added a third. James finished the scoring with the fifth for the Lions. Tom Sharp opened the scoring for the Leopards against the Cougars. Kai was unlucky not to get an equaliser when through but Zidane stood tall in the Leopards’ goal. A great save by Harvey Daniels kept out Mason. Another chance by Kai went just wide as the Leopards held on for a 1-0 win. The Panthers came out 3-1 winners against the Pumas. Ethan scored a hat trick with the reply coming from Barham.
In the second round of games the Panthers maintained their 100% start to the day. Another hat trick by Ethan secured all three points in a 3-1 win. The Tigers recovered from their defeat against the Lions to share six goals with the Pumas.The Pumas took the lead through Barham, but a great cross by Theo allowed Jacob to score. Ben Ayres then raced through to put the Tigers 2-1 in front. Theo then makes it 3-1. The Pumas never gave up and Thomas Chadwick scored and a fantastic strike from Barham ensured the game finished 3-3. The Lions continued where they left off in their first game. Finlay pounced on a poor clearance to open the scoring and added another before Mason pulled one back for the Leopards. Finlay completed his hat trick and the game finished 3-1 to the Lions. The Cougars after two defeats were up against the Lions 100% record. Harvey Daniels pounced to seal the Cougars first win with the only goal of the game. The game between the Leopards and the Pumas was a real exciting affair.Barham scored a great goal, but Mason responded straight from the kick-off to equalise for the Leopards. Barham then added a second. Mason get his second and then completed his hat trick to give the Leopards a narrow 3-2 win. Congratulations to Mason, Joe and James who were successful in the crossbar challenge.
The Panthers unbeaten start came to an end against a determined Lions team. Harvey opened the scoring. and got the second. Panthers replied through Ethan, but the Lions weren’t to be denied winning 2-1. The Pumas met the Cougars looking for their first win of the day. Barham scored and a second followed from Thomas Townend. Two more goals from Barham resulted in a 4 – 0 win for the Pumas. Another five goals involving the Leopards, this time against the Tigers. The Tigers took the lead with goals from Jacob and Ben Ayers. Tom Sharp pulled one back after some good tackling. Zak, Zidane and Bradley worked well to help Tom get his second but Ben Ayers second gave the Tigers a narrow 3 – 2 victory.
Going into the last round of games the Lions held a 2-point lead against the Panthers. The Leopards were again involved in a five-goal thriller. Ethan scored his third hat trick of the day as the Panthers came out on top with goals from Tom Sharp and an own goal the response from the Leopards. A Jacob hat trick for the Tigers was well deserved and there was nothing the Cougars to do stop the free running of the Tigers team, with Jordan replying for the Cougars. This meant that a win for the Lions would make them winners of the day. The Lions pushed on against the Pumas as the rain started to fall, but were unable to break down a resolute team with game finishing 0 – 0.
This meant the Panthers and Lions shared top spot. Lions: Tom Riach, Harvey Brook, Finlay and James. Panthers: Andrew, Bailey, Ellis and Ethan.