Westies concede five in second half against leaders

Action from Westfield's 5-0 defeat at home to Roffey on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-151220-122753002)
Action from Westfield's 5-0 defeat at home to Roffey on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-151220-122753002)
  • Westfield lose 5-0 at home to Roffey
  • All five goals come in second half
  • Fender scores four to make it 23 in the league this season
  • Westfield’s first home defeat in more than three months
  • Westies head to Rottingdean Village next Monday
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Westfield’s footballers conceded five second half goals to lose at home for the first time in more than three months.

Devon Fender scored four of them, taking his tally for the season to 23 in the league alone, as Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division Two leaders Roffey beat Westfield 5-0 at The Parish Field on Saturday.

Westfield manager Jack Stapley said: “First half you probably wouldn’t have known who was top and who was eighth, but the less said about the second half the better.”

Westfield hit the crossbar through Matt Dadswell, as well as having an effort cleared off the line and a goal disallowed on the stroke of half time.

They remained on the front foot at the start of the second period, but the loss of Martyn Durrant to a groin strain and subsequent reshuffle led to Roffey scoring four times in around 20 minutes.

The visitors added another towards the end as they put five goals past Westfield for the second time this season. Dadswell put a great chance over the top at 2-0.

First half you probably wouldn’t have known who was top and who was eighth.

Jack Stapley

“It was frustrating because first half we were probably better than we were the week before (when Westfield produced probably their best display of the season to win 2-1 at Ferring),” added Stapley.

Westfield: Cullip; Winter, Miller, Willis, Durrant (Cornford); Ward, Okunja, Hurst; Martellini (Ellis), Dadswell, Sotoyinbo (Davis).

* Westfield will travel to Rottingdean Village on Monday. Devante Davis has joined Saltdean United and Hailsham Town have issued a seven-day approach for Emmanuel Okunja. David Miller is out with a long-term calf injury.

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