West registered their biggest ever away win in the NWCFL with a 7-2 thrashing of Cammell Laird.
Manager Steve Settle named himself amongst the substitutes as injuries forced a reshuffle with Hayden Buckley-Smith, Richmond Botchey, Paul Socha and Jordan Poole all handed starts whilst there was a place for Rob Black on the bench after injury. The injuries would worsen for ‘Setts’ just before kick off as Lee Gavin broke down in the warm up;
West started brightly and hit the post inside the first minute when Ben Woods burst down the left wing and saw his shot deflected onto the post. It was an early warning sign as West took the lead on 12 minutes when Cammell Laird surrendered possession under pressure from the West forward line, a quick through pass released Ben Woods one-on-one and finished beyond goalkeeper Morrow.
On 19 minutes West almost doubled their lead as they broke from a Laird’s corner as stand-in-captain Martyn Andrews found Ash Woods on the left; the West forward cut inside and his low cross almost presented Ben Steer for a tap but for a superb clearance.
It was 2-0 on the half hour mark as a wonderful through ball from Matty Kay released Steer one-on-one and he finished coolly sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. Laird’s responded and were denied a terrific individual goal after a superb clearance from Richmond Botchey.
On 37 minutes Hayden Buckley-Smith was called into action when a Laird’s move down the right saw the cross pulled back from the by-line with the West goalkeeper clawing the first time effort off the line. Two minutes later a 40 yard cross field pass from Joe Shaw picked out Ash Woods and he curled an effort just wide of the post.
It was 3-0 three minutes before the break as another superb pass from Shaw released Rick Gleave and the West midfielder coolly rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home for his fourth goal of the season and to give West a commanding half time lead.
The second half was barely seconds old when Cammell Laird pulled one back through Joe Byrne after a good team move. The three goal deficit was restored on 51 minutes when an Ash Woods header flicked on a long ball into the path of Ben Woods who fired past a helpless Morrow.
Ben Woods went close again on 59 minutes when he curled an effort just wide of the post. Gleave almost fed him again with a nice pass but the wingers shot was blocked by the boot of a Laird’s defender.
Jonny Poizer made it 5-1 just after the hour mark when a West corner was knocked across the penalty area before the West striker fired it into the top left hand corner. A minute later Cammell Laird pulled one back as half time substitute player-manager Neil Prince deflected effort found its way past Buckley-Smith in the bottom right hand corner.
Ben Woods sealed his hat-trick with 19 minutes remaining as a superb passing move found Gleave, he jinxed past two before playing in Wodos who drilled his effort into the top left hand corner.
Cammell Laird refused to give up and Buckley-Smith was again called into action making a superb double save at his near post. Two minutes later he was again forced into a double save as somehow the hosts failed to find the net.
West made it seven with the last kick of the game as Ben Woods blocked a clearance, it fell into the path of Ash Woods who finally got his goal drilling past Morrow into the net.