Westland held in local derby

WESTON St JOHNS 3 WESTLANDS UNITED 3 - HONOURS ended even in this pulsating and sometimes fiercely contested Somerset County League Division 2 West local derby.



HONOURS ended even in this pulsating and sometimes fiercely contested Somerset County League Division 2 West local derby.

It was Westland who made the early impact, Haysom with a crisply struck volley from the edge of the box taking a slight deflection to beat the stranded St Johns keeper Ian Allchorne.

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Minutes later Lloyd coolly intercepted a poor back pass to curl his shot into the far corner of the net. For the remainder of the first half, Westland's dominated, but went into half time break 2-0 up, with the Saints defence of Ash Flavell, Dave Wilcox, Nick Jones and Mark Hearne regaining their composure.

St Johns started the half as Westland's left the first, with some good passing football and decisive attacks on goal. It did not take long for them to get back in the game, when a shot by Mark Adams took a wicked deflection and beat the stranded Dan Till in the Westland goal.

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Westlands extended their lead when Sam King netted an unstoppable free kick into the top corner.

At 3-1 the game should have been won, but St Johns capitalised on some poor defending to bring the score line to 3-3, Flavell scoring the second and Stockhall netting the equaliser.

Saints should have taken the lead, but Stockhall missed a good opportunity late on as the game finished in a draw.

Birnbeck Insurance Services player of the match for St Johns was Ross Stockhall.

Worle 0

Bishop Sutton Res 1

WORLE welcomed high scoring Bishop Sutton Res to the Rec on the back of a great 4-4 draw against unbeaten Ilminster Town.

With a couple of enforced changes due to injury and non availability, Tony Pettifor and new signing Barry O'Connor from Reading were brought in.

Unfortunately an early injury to Pettifor meant an early change and this made Worle look disjointed for the first half. A sloppy error allowed the Bishop Sutton centre forward to breeze past the Worle back line, giving Bangham in the home goal no chance.

The second half started brighter for Worle, but they were unable to test the keeper and a goal looked unlikely. Unfortunately, the game petered out and Worle were unable to get back, missing out on a vital point.

Worle welcomed back Ben Eeary from a pre-season injury and he performed wellt in a steady back four.

On Saturday, Worle are away to Burnham United, a side who have now rediscovered the winning habit with two wins on the bounce. Worle Res entertain Winscombe at the Rec, 3pm kick-off.

Banwell 1

Congresbury 0

UNBEATEN Banwell welcomed a new look Congresbury to the Riverside with both teams confident they could leave with all three points.

Banwell found their fluidity first and started to attack the Congresbury defence, mainly down the Banwell left with the pace and skill of Solevabselpe.

Tireless running from the big man created numerous chances in front of goal. Banwell scored on the half hour, when a throw-in from the right into the body of Dave Mitchell looked innocent enough. However, Mitchell using his strength rolled the defender and hit a dipping volley into the far corner of the net.

The second half resumed with Congresbury starting the brightest. A couple of corners saw a chance hit the post and a shot flash wide of the upright.

Banwell hit back, but the Congresbury keeper did well on numerous occasions from the feet of Solevabselpe and further chances from Stevens, Molloy and Gardener.

Latr pressure from Congresbury saw them have a goal ruled offside and force a fine save from Harvey, who was rarely troubled and it was Banwell that took the spoils and who are still yet to concede a goal at home this year.

Man of the match this week went to Russ Mitchell for an outstanding defensive display.

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