West End Sign Off in Style
With little to play for West End adopted the 4th team’s patented positions-out-of –a-hat selection system for the final match of the season. The result of which saw Alf don the gloves, forwards Hill and Kitching at the back and Wilson and Sumner as an unlikely striking partnership. Despite the haphazard line-up it would prove arguably the most enjoyable game the club has ever played, and also produce the second highest win of the season against a team West End were yet to beat in two previous meetings. Continue Reading
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 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