Weston maintain their unbeaten start to the season

Weston Hockey Club.

Weston Hockey Club. - Credit: Archant

Weston remain unbeaten in the league after defeating Westbury 3-1.



WESTON travelled to Westbury and came away with all three points to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Weston, missing two key players, reshuffled their pack and moved Dave Beer to left back, while Rich Heal and Chris Etchells got their first league starts of the season.

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Weston pressed well with Nathan Hancock and Matt Kearsey constantly pressuring the strong Westbury defence, it was these two who combined to break the deadlock when Hancock fired across the D for Kearsey to deflect home.

The midfield three of Sam Neate, Jake Turner and Heal created numerous chances which were dealt with well by the home defence. Chris Bryant was having a good game in goal and the visiting defence of CJ Neate, Toby Brees and Beer were solid.

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A controversial short corner was given against Beer, from which Westbury equalised to send the teams into the break all square.

Coach Gary Blythe made an early change, bringing on James Hector for his first first team appearance of the year and he replaced Neate. Matt McCarthy came on to offer fresh legs and continue the hard work already in place for the visitors.

Hancock broke free to fire Weston in front after good work from Mercedes Benz of Weston man of the match Rich Heal. Hancock doubled his account and fired Weston into a two-goal lead with a tidy finish.

Etchells found himself in the sin bin in the 60th minute to put Weston under pressure for the final 10 minutes, with Chris Bryant making an excellent save to keep Westbury at bay.

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DUE to unforeseen circumstances, the away team were unable to field a goalkeeper and instead opted to play 11 outfield players.

The OB’s team with a mix of veteran players and youth started well, the extra man on the field beginning to tell, but Weston pressed strongly and kept the opposition chances to a minimum.

The pressure asserted by Dale, Ninnis and Mobsby caused the OB players to make mistakes and Weston started to punish those with quick counter attacks. Goals from Slater, Beer and Muddie, put Weston in a strong position.

The second half matched the first with Weston maintaining the majority possession and goals started to fly in. Beer scored some excellent solo goals, including a great flick, while Watkins and Ninnis supported the front line well, grabbing two goals apiece.

Slater completed his hat-trick despite a green card for a lack of discipline. Man of the match was Godwin in goal who, on the few occasions the OB’s youthful forwards broke through, was alert to the danger.

Assists by Westcott, Mobsby and Thorne capped a good team performance. The team will be happy topping the table after two games with a maximum six points and 17 goals scored.

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