Game 25: Westbury United 3.2 Welton Rovers (Western 1)

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Game 25: Westbury United 3.2 Welton Rovers (Western 1) 11.01.14

After missing the Christmas and New Year fixtures due to torrential rain, it was a relief to see the sun out and this game on. Westbury were looking for a third consecutive home win and a chance to get some points from the team in third at the start of play. They scored after five minutes when a ball was headed into the box and poked past the keeper. The rest of the half saw Welton create most of the play without an end product. At one point a clear Welton penalty was missed when the Westbury captain missed the ball and took a Welton player out, despite the shouts from the visiting supporters behind the goal. One spectator chatting to them was Roger Milford, Cup Final referee in 1991 and mentor for today’s referee.

It was certainly a game of two halves as the second half turned into one of the most exciting games of the season so far. Westbury were making good runs down the left and hit the crossbar with a great shot on the hour. In the 70th minute, another break down the left saw a run into the box and a powerful low shot past the Welton keeper for 2.0. Three minutes later and it was 3.0 from a free kick that curved over the wall and under the bar – the keeper had no chance. It looked like game over but Welton had other ideas – scoring with a header from a corner two minutes later and adding a second from their next corner, again two minutes later. This time the header hit the post but the rebound fell kindly and was thrashed into the net. Welton continued to press for an equaliser but poor crossing let them down and Westbury held on for the win.

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