This was a hard won victory, which saw Worton playing into a really strong headwind in the first half, causing the ball to swirl and spin about, and make it extremely difficult for the boys to get the ball under control and pass it around. It also gave Westbury the momentum going forward but despite this the back four mopped up any balls over the top (particular mention to James Francis who had a solid game at right back) and JB was quick off his line to deal with any threats. The best chances fell to Worton and Lewis got a couple of decent shots at goal, Charlie had shot on the stretch and Brints was extremely unlucky with a well placed shot that was beating their ‘keeper that a defender managed to block, so nil – nil at half time, and having played against the wind we were happy with how things were going.
The wind then eased for the 2nd half, but the boys still found it hard going to get the ball down and pass it. Josh chased down their left back and put him under pressure to win a corner, that Charlie lofted in, it fell to Jo Skinner at the near post who calmly set himself and then smashed the ball home to get the winner in the 43rd minute.
Westbury didn’t really threaten our goal, although they did break through the back four a few times the boys covered for each other and dealt with it.
Not the best of performances but difficult conditions, we got the win and another clean sheet.
So with lots of airshots, miskicks, and boys waiting for the ball to come to them, these are the things we’ll focus on on training this week, a refresher on dealing with high balls, corner positioning and meeting the ball rather than waiting for it.