To the Manor Reborn
West End bounced back from their heaviest ever defeat with one of their most clinical displays to date as they outshone Manor United Reserves on the West Common. The visitors started the stronger and stand-in keeper Glen Wilson was called on to deny three one-on-one opportunities in the opening fifteen minutes. The storm weathered West End then produced a scintillating attacking display with goals from Sam McDonnell, Rich Dungworth (2) and John Moore helping them into a 4-1 lead at the break.
In the second half Manor fought their way back into the game with one well taken effort and one fortuitous one as a long hoof downfield from the visitors captain was misjudged by Wilson, bouncing over the stranded keeper to make it 4-3. However, West End deserved the win and added a fifth goal through Sam McDonnell to secure all three points.
Starting Line-up (4-4-2): Glen Wilson; Dan Cain, Shaun Hepple, Jonny Dyas, Jez Ashberry; Stephen Pearce, Andy Kirk, Phil Lodge, John Moore; Sam McDonnell, Rich Dungworth
Substitutes: Joe Harper, Lee Matsell
West End Raided
In a frankly bizarre game at Heckington West End were on the receiving end of their highest ever defeat as they went down 9-1 to Rose & Crown Raiders. Although worthy winners, Rose & Crown were not as strong as the scoreline suggests, however they were clinical in their finishing and after taking the initiative with a controversial penalty they never looked back. West End’s threadbare eleven just could not get to grips with the match on a morning best forgotten. A goal for Phil Lodge the one highlight.
Starting Line-up (4-4-2): Alec Waby; Jez Ashberry, Glen Wilson, Jonny Dyas, Chris Dorling; Dan Alonso, Harry Grimshaw, Andy Kirk, Phil Lodge; Sam McDonnell, Rich Dungworth
Substitute: Joe Harper
West End Fail to Wring Out the Branston
West End continue their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought 3-3 draw with Branston Reserves. Phil Lodge netted his first of the season whilst Rich Dungworth also grabbed two, but ‘the Beers’ were pegged back by a young Branston side who secured a draw with an equaliser midway through the second half.
Starting Line-up (4-4-2): Alec Waby; Jez Ashberry, Glen Wilson, Mike Smith, Chris Dorling; Stephen Pearce, Gav Sumner, Andy Kirk, Phil Lodge; Sam McDonnell, Rich Dungworth
Substitutes: Joe Harper, James Flintham
West End Slay Dragon and George
For the second successive season West End begin the campaign with a win courtesy of a 4-2 victory over George & Dragon Reserves. An opening day hat-trick for Sam McDonnell does the damage for West End, with Rich Dungworth also on the score sheet.
Starting Line-up (4-4-2): Alec Waby; Jez Ashberry, Mayur Patel, Mike Smith, Chris Dorling; Stephen Pearce, Gav Sumner, Andy Kirk, James Flintham; Sam McDonnell, Rich Dungworth