Little Common and AFC Uckfield share spoils - Westfield find scoring boots
Little Common had to settle for a point against AFC Uckfield in their opening SCFL Cup game - while Westfield put five past Rotherfield.
Here are the reports from both games....
Little Common 0 AFC Uckfeld 0
Little Common began their cup competition with a hard fought 0-0 draw against AFC Uckfield.
After almost four months since their last competitive fixture the Commoners welcomed back a host of players from injuries but were without three others through suspensions.
An even opening quarter saw chances at a premium and neither keeper was called into action in the early stages.
The hosts had an effort dragged across the goal while at the other end, Liam Ward blazed an effort over the bar.
A sloppy start to the second period saw Common present the hosts with a golden opportunity to open the scoring but Matt Cruttwell blocked with his legs before Common cleared the danger.
The returning Sam Ellis fizzed an effort the wrong side of the post before Sam Cruttwell forced a smart diving save from the Uckfield stopper.
A swift break saw Uckfield hit the post before a succession of corners were dealt with by the Common defence.
The Commoners looked most likely to win it in the closing stages with Nick Richardson just failing to get his head on a Liam Hudson cross before Shae Spreafico’s acrobatic effort was claimed by the home keeper with the last kick of the game.
Common: M Cruttwell, Clark (Hudson), Feakins, Ward (Walker), Parsons, Alexander (Miriam-Batchelor), Richardson, S Cruttwell, Smith (Spreafico), Ellis (Saville).
Westfield 5 Rotherfield 2
Westfield went into the clash with Rotherfield knowing a win was important, particularly following a couple of difficult results in the last week.
The Westies achieved this by hammering Rotherfield 5-2, while producing an excellent display, defending resolutely and attacking with intent.
On a bitterly cold afternoon with rain falling, Westfield got off to a really bright start and were rewarded with an early goal inside the opening ten minutes. A long throw from Ian May wasn’t cleared and found its way to make shift centre-forward Jack Stapley at the back post. Stapley took a touch and placed it beyond the Rotherfield keeper.
Westfield continued to dominate possession, however it was Rotherfield who hit back, a long freekick into the back post area was headed across goal and smashed home by Sam Haylett.
Westfield soon had their second, a 60 yard free-kick from Hugo Corbin sailed all the way through and into the bottom corner. The keeper expected a touch from Bradley Kipps that never came. After the flag went up, the referee overturned the assistant to allow the goal.
Two nearly became three for the Westies as an expert cross from Koby Asante was headed home at the far post by George King. King was deemed to be offside however.
Westfield’s dominance was soon rewarded when Dan Tewkesbury got his first of the afternoon, turning on a six pence and firing in at the near post from the edge of the box.
The second half started with Rotherfield playing some excellent football and they soon had their second. A cross from the right wasn’t cleared and Fothergill stole in to score. The scores should have been level a few moments later as Forthergill managed to miss an open goal from six yards, much to the delight of the Westfield contingent.
The miss bought Westfield back to life. Good hold up play from Jack Stapley led to Corbin finding George King. King danced his way into the box and laid the ball on a plate for Tewkesbury to get his second of the day.
Corbin had a chance to gloss his brilliant performance with the keeper off his line, however he skewed his shot wide. Tewkesbury managed to wrap the game up with his hat-trick goal, a seemingly simple shot at the keeper squeezed its way under his arms and into the net.
Overall this was a fantastic performance from the Westies. Despite missing some key players the whole team stepped up, scored goals and played some lovely football in the process. The spine of the team was excellent and MOM could have gone to anyone on the day.
MOM sponsored by A&R Bargains went to Bradley Kipps.