Golden Eagle End Cup Run
West End were looking to progress to the semi-finals of the Jock Mitchell Cup as they faced fellow Division 5 side Golden Eagle Reserves on the West Common. However, it was to prove a frustrating morning for West End as they just failed to click. Unable to break the deadlock in the first half they were undone by two well taken goals in quick succession early in the second half. With Golden Eagle 2-0 up West End threw bodies forward for a way back into the game but were punished on the break as Eagle wrapped up a 3-0 win with ten minutes to play.
Line-up (4-4-2): Matt Hinton; Stephen Pearce, Jay Dann, Glen Wilson, Jez Ashberry; Dave Capps, Sam Boothman, Gav Sumner, James Dewhurst (Ritchie Bates); Sam McDonnell, Dan Hill
Man of the match: Gav Sumner
Dick of the day: Stephen Pearce
West End Lose Out in Ten Goal Thriller
West End hosted the league leaders on a muddy West Common pitch which was only deemed playable minutes before kick-off. Bardney started the better in the conditions and took the lead in the first half. However West End pulled a goal back before half-time with Dan Hill grabbing his sixth goal in five matches. Bardney restored their lead after the break, but again West End levelled, this time through a Joe Harper penalty. Continue Reading
West End Held by Head
With Ben still unavailable Glen Wilson returned for his second stint in goal in three games as West End faced the notoriously unfriendly Turks Head. With players absent Dale Annous was given a chance to play as a striker and he responded emphatically to open the scoring midway through the half. However the visitors were back in the game quickly and thanks to two swift goals led 2-1 at half-time. Trailing by a goal West End spent much of the second half in Turks Head’s half but just couldn’t find the equaliser. With ten minutes to go they went tactically for broke and brought on Sam McDonnell to switch to a 3-4-3. With time running out the extra forward finally paid off as Dan Hill struck to secure a point for West End with a 2-2 draw.
Line-up (4-4-2): Glen Wilson; Stephen Pearce, Adrian Gray, Gav Sumner, Jez Ashberry (Sam McDonnell); Dave Capps, Sam Boothman, Joe Harper, James Dewhurst; Dale Annous, Dan Hill
Man of the match: Dan Hill (sympathy vote after last week’s rantabout not getting man of the match)
Dick of the day: Dan Hill (in recognition of last week’s rant)