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Westfields v Walsall Wood

MATCH REPORT - Monday, August 06, 2018

Westfields 1 - Hayes
Walsall Wood 0

WESTFIELDS KICK-OFF AT HOME WITH A WIN

Westfields recorded their second Midland Football League win of the season in the space of 3 days when they opened up their home league matches with a 1-0 win against Walsall Wood last night.

Visiting Walsall Wood were the Division One Champions last year and put up a stubborn performance against a very active Westfields side who were without captain Kane Kahaki and striker Jamie Molyneux who both failed late fitness tests.

Westfields were then in further trouble when dangerous winger Aidan Thomas pulled up with a hamstring injury after 30 minutes but the young substitutes that came on produced a workmanlike performance and Westfields deserved their late winner.

Both sides defended well in the early stages but it was Walsall Wood who looked the most dangerous and Westfields’ keeper Keiron Blackburn was in early action cutting out menacing crosses while a late tackle by Sam Gwynne saved the day when Walsall Wood looked certain to open the scoring.

After a goal-less first half Walsall Wood almost snatched the lead when a long range effort from Dean Rathbone struck the Westfields crossbar and then at the other end Craig Jones had a great chance from 15yds but his left foot shot went inches wide of the upright.

With the game looking certain to be ending 0-0 Westfields produced an area of magic when good combination from Carlos Moreira and Craig Jones put Ben Hayes free on the left hand side and he cut in and unleashed a tremendous shot from outside the penalty area which flew into the top corner of the net to give Westfields a valuable 1-0 home win with a goal deep into injury time. 

Westfields now go forward on Saturday with an FA Cup tie away at Romulus and then next Wednesday they visit Highgate United for another Midland Football League fixture before they come back to allpay.park to play Shepshed Dynamo the following Saturday.

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