Westfields vs Sporting Khalsa

Midland Football League





Sporting Khalsa


17th August 2016 | 7:45 pm
allpay Park (Westfields)


Simeon Townsend - came closest to scoring.
Simeon Townsend – came closest to scoring.

Two quick-fire goals by an excellent Westfields side midway through the second half earned the home side a deserved victory and left Khalsa pointless after two games.

In a pulsating, end-to-end game packed with chances on goal by both sides, it was some lax defending and clinical finishing that won the day for the Herefordshire outfit.

And, with two penalty decisions which might have gone the home side’s way being waved away by the ref, ‘Fields were well deserving of their points.

The first real test on goal came on 14 minutes when Sam Gwynne’s flick forced Tom Turner to tip the ball over the bar and, from the resulting corner, Phil Glover rattled the crossbar with a thumping header.

Sidric Grant – a constant threat to Khalsa before his early departure with injury – then twisted and turned before curling an effort harmlessly wide.

At the other end, Lee Chilton continued his hunt for his first Khalsa goal, poking wide on 18 minutes before Westfields immediately broke away under the steam of Grant, only for the overhead effort by Richard Greaves to come to nothing.

Greaves then pulled a shot harmlessly wide from a good position and, with the game representing a basketball match at times, Dave Meese then headed just wide from Danny Ashton’s centre before on the break it required Ashton to deny Greaves as he bore down on goal.

Meese might have opened the scoring on 38 minutes, his header from Chilton’s cross going just wide and the same player forced a good save from Gwynne in the Westfields goal just before half time with a low shot from the edge of the area from Tes Robinson‘s knock on.

Although the tempo of the second period calmed a little, there was still plenty to remark on.

Marvin Nisbett powered past the Westfields defence on 54 minutes only for some nifty defending to clear up the danger. The home side took the lead on 65 minutes, Greaves poaching a goal from three yards after excellent work down the right and some slipshod defending by Khalsa.

And almost immediately, the lead was doubled, Jamie Molyneux, freshly on as sub, charging almost unimpeded through the Khalsa midfield and firing home in style.

A triple substitution by Khalsa boss Ian Rowe saw Simeon Townsend, Michael Nelson and Bekir Halil enter the fray in place of John Hill, Matt Martin and Nisbett.

And it was Townsend who looked most likely to offer some fightback, his effort on 75 minutes flashing wide. And then Molyneux almost grabbed a third for Westfields from the wreckage of a scrambled corner.

The closest Khalsa came to getting their first league goal of the season came on 90 minutes, Townsend smashing an effort across goal that came back agonisingly off the post.

Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Carlo Franco, Danny Ashton, John Hill (Bekir Halil), Tes Robinson (captain), Matt Martin (Simeon Townsend), Dave Meese, Elliot Turner, Craig Bannister, Lee Chilton, Marvin Nisbett (Michael Nelson).

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