Wrington Redhill’s bright start ended by defeat

WorleFC v Stockwood Green. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

WorleFC v Stockwood Green. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Wrington Redhill’s bright start to the season ended with defeat at the hands of Westfield.

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After a bright start to the season, Wrington Redhill were off the pace at Westfield and had overworked goalkeeper Matt Hill to thank for a string of fine saves.

After seven minutes he was called into action to save a dipping drive from Ryan Allen and five minutes later he blocked a fierce effort from Beau Baber from inside the box.

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Westfield continued to look dangerous and the visitors were grateful to skipper Leigh White who cleared off the line with Hill beaten.

At the other end, the ball rolled to Andy Lilly following a corner but his shot was charged down and Jake Horton shot just wide when through on goal. Just before the interval, Wrington Redhill were under pressure again but Westfield’s Bradley Beauchamp blazed over with the goal gaping.

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The second half started in much the same way with Westfield pressing and Hill saving well from Allen.

The breakthrough came after 50 minutes when the home side were awarded a free kick just outside of the box and Jacob Mitchell fired his kick into the top corner giving Hill no chance.

Wrington Redhill almost stirred into life with Bradley, Rowcliffe and Holland working tirelessly to rescue something from the game but it was not to be.

A Westfield corner fell to the feet of Oliver Jones who smashed a shot through a crowd of players to make it 2-0.

The visitors then sprang into life and on 75 minutes were back in the game when Rowcliffe’s looping header found the net.

Frantic end-to-end play for the remaking 15 minutes saw Hill called into action again saving from Allen and the visitors almost snatched a point at the end when a shot from substitute Charlie Burgess was well saved by Westfield keeper Wright.

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Despite both teams missing players for this Somerset Premier fixture, this was an entertaining game played at the Recreation Ground where Worle remain undefeated.

Worle got out of the blocks early when Jack Hodrien, standing in for the injured Ben Dancey, launched a ball over the top of the static Stockwood defence and Chris Taylor reacted first and lobbed the onrushing Reid in the away goal.

Worle, with the wind behind them, were rampant and Adams, Taylor and Down were causing problems for the away team, but chances fell to Parker who could not convert when he dragged his shot wide.

The overlapping of Walters was good ammunition for the Worle forward line, but a barrage of crosses eluded them.

Worle went in at half time feeling a 1-0 scoreline was not good enough and sure enough within five minutes of the restart Stockwood equalised and for the next 10 minutes looked the side in control and had a goal disallowed for offside.

Worle grew back into the game and chances fell to Barry Flynn with a close range header. Worle back in front courtesy of the penalty spot when Adams was dragged back and Ryan Down converted.

With 10 minutes to go, Taylor turned a couple of defenders firing low which Reid parried and Adams got his shot in which the outstanding Reid turned behind for a Worle corner.

With the last attack of the game, Taylor burst through the Stockwood rearguard but pulled his shot narrowly wide.

Worle have now scored 11 goals from their last three games at home and sit fourth in the top division. Man of the match was Chris Taylor who was a constant thorn in the away.

Many thanks to the perimeter board sponsors Spartan Motors Supplies, Duncan’s Barbers, Tanto labels and AP Signs.

The next game is a cup game away to Ashton & Backwell Reserves.

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