Sometimes not having a referee appointed doesn’t make a difference, on days like today it proves an invitation for general assault. Knowing they could not be booked members of Turks Head’s squad set out to kick and foul their way through this game with Jez Ashberry, Stephen Pearce and Joe Harper all on the receiving end of challenges that would have been worthy of a straight red card and instead being lucky to get a free-kick. Continue Reading
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The game that never was, with Waddington United’s withdrawal from the league meaning this game would later be scratched from the records. Although always in control West End struggled to break down their opponents until late in the game. With fifteen minutes to go a tactical switch to 4-3-3 proved to much for their opponents and Dave Capps opened the scoring with a brilliantly struck half-volley across the goalkeeper that would subsequently be described as ‘a goal of the season contender’ by the Lincolnshire Echo. Dan Hill added a second goal to wrap up the win, whilst the only time new keeper Ben Sheehan was troubled was from his own man as Bruce McDonald’s back header was turned brilliantly onto the bar.
Line-up (4-4-2): Ben Sheehan; Bruce McDonald (Dale Annous), Adrian Gray, Glen Wilson, Stephen Pearce (Jez Ashberry); Dave Capps, Joe Harper, Gav Sumner, Dan Hill; Jamie Lawrence, Jamie Kitching (Jonny Dyas)
Man of the match: Dave Capps / Stephen Pearce / Bruce McDonald
Dick of the day: Joe Harper
West End Brought to Earth by Golden Eagle
West End’s 100% start to the season came to a disappointing end away at Golden Eagle Reserves by virtue of a four goal draw. It had all begun so promisingly for West End too as they led 2-0 inside four minutes with goals from Jamie Kitching, and a debut goal with his first West End touch for Jamie Lawrence. However, the home side battled their way back into it, helped by some generous refereeing by the home side’s manager who let some dubious challenges go unpunished, particularly as the home side’s left sided players took turns at trying to wipe-out Dave Capps. Still, goals for Jay Lawrence again and Gav Sumner suggested West End may have done enough to win it, and could have done had Joe Harper not fired over from close range. However, again the home side pulled it back at the death and secured an undeserved 4-4 draw.
Line-up (4-4-2): Andy Taylor; Dale Annous, Glen Wilson, Dean Keates (Adam Higgins), Jonny Dyas; Dave Capps, Joe Harper, Gav Sumner, Dan Hill; Jamie Lawrence, Jamie Kitching
Man of the match: Dave Capps / Gav Sumner
Dick of the day: Joe Harper (miss of the season so far… its not Aussie Rules Joe
West End Sting Nettles
West End continued their fantastic start to the season with a third successive victory. Jamie Kitching was the latest person to join the goalkeeper merry-go-round and made a number of telling saves. However, it was man of the match Steve Nurse who made the most significant contribution with a well taken hat-trick helping West End to a 5-1 win that, following a Joe Harper strike, was sealed with a glorious own goal from a Nettleham defender.
Line-up (4-4-2): Jamie Kitching; Stephen Pearce (Ryan), Bruce McDonald, Adrian Gray, Jez Ashberry; Dave Capps, Joe Harper, Gav Sumner (Dale Annous), John Moore (Glen Wilson); Steve Nurse, Dan Hill
Man of the match: Steve Nurse (hat-trick hero)
Dick of the day: Gav Sumner (injury sways it again)
How Now Brown Cow
West End’s first midweek league game since the opening season sees them face the unknown quantity of The Brown Cow. Still without a permanent goalkeeper Glen Wilson took over in goal with Adie Gray making his league debut in defence. It was sterling defensive work that helped keep the opposition at bay for much of the game, meaning Glen had to make few saves of note. At the other end Steve Nurse’s penalty and a first West End goal for Jamie Kitching was enough to wrap up a second successive win.
Line-up (4-4-2): Glen Wilson; Dale Annous, Adrian Gray, Adam Anderson, Jez Ashberry; Dave Capps, Joe Harper, Gav Sumner, Stephen Pearce (Bruce McDonald); Steve Nurse, Jamie Kitching
Man of the match: Adam Anderson (great defensive performance by the stand in)
Dick of the day: Brown Cow’s number 3 (it’ll be a brave man who gives him the kit)
Opening Day Delight
The season starts in typical West End fashion on the morning after a frantic search for players. Founder member Benny Gane headed north to take the gloves, whilst Adam Anderson and Steve Nurse made impressive debuts. It was Nurse who opened the scoring for West End, with an own goal helping to double West End’s first half tally, but not before the hosts had equalised. Before the break Sam McDonnell was fouled, suffering what would later turn out to be ankle ligament damage, but with no West End substitutes he remained on the field for the second half. Continue Reading