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Westfields v Romulus

MATCH REPORT - Saturday, November 03, 2018

Westfields 3 - Molyneux, Jones, Cooper
Romulus 2 - Ashby, Cotterill


Westfields gained full revenge for the 6-1 drubbing they received at Romulus in the FA Cup this season when they beat their visitors 3-2 at allpay.park on Saturday to go through to the third round of the FA Vase with a pulsating victory over the lively visitors.

Westfields were full value for an end-to-end exciting FA Vase tie which saw them race into a 2-0 lead before the visitors came back to 2 each and then Keanu Cooper scored a dramatic winner 10 ten minutes before full-time.

Westfields had opened the game with a cracking start when Jamie Molyneux fired Westfields into a 6th minute lead when he blasted home from the edge of the box. 

Westfields should have gone into a comfortable lead but Mark Magee and Molyneux both had further chances to have put Westfields into a comfortable lead before the visitors came back right on the stroke of half-time when they were awarded a penalty after Sam Gwynne fouled Ben Ashby and the referee awarded a penalty right on the stroke of half-time.  Ashby got up to take the kick but saw Ian Havard in the Westfields goal go full length to save at the foot of the post.

Westfields led at the break 1-0 and after the interval came out and increased their lead within 3 minutes when Craig Jones was put through by Jamie Molyneux and Jones took the chance with a fine left-foot finish to put Westfields into a commanding lead.

However, the visitors came storming back and in the 50th minute Ben Ashby looped a shot over Havard and within 5 minutes the visitors were level when Romulus scored after hesitancy in the Westfields defence saw Jaden Cotterill drill home a shot to put the 2 sides level.

Both sides then went flat-out for a winning goal and Craig Jones saw a shot cannon off the Romulus crossbar and then Jones again went through and saw his right-foot shot go narrowly wide of the post.

Jones was having a remarkable game in the centre of the Westfields midfield and again it was good work by him and Molyneux who set up a chance for Keanu Cooper in the 80th minute and Cooper went through to score a fine goal to put Westfields 3-2 ahead.

The last 10 minutes were hectic as Romulus threw everything at the Westfields defence in an effort to achieve extra time but Ian Havard in the Westfields goal twice punched away awkward crosses and then went full length to tip a shot away from goal before Westfields had a great chance to have sewn the match up but Molyneux’s shot was brilliantly saved by Tyrell Belford in the visitors’ goal.

Westfields now go into the hat for the third round when the draw is made at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

Next Saturday Westfields meet old rivals Lye Town away, kick-off 3pm.

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