West registered their first ever win in the Frank Hannah Manchester Premier Cup with a 2-1 win away to Evo-Stik League side Radcliffe Borough.
Following their weekend FA Vase exit at the weekend manager Steve Settle made seven changes to the starting line-up handing full debuts to Rick Ainsclough and Mohammed Noor whilst there were starts for Paul Socha, Jonny Poizer, Rob Black, Dan Clarke with teenager Georgi Whyment restored to the bench. Last week’s FA Youth Cup hero Carlos Mendes Gomes was promoted to the bench for the first time.
The game started at a high tempo that refused to relent throughout out the entire game and it was West who created the game’s first chance on four minutes when Jordan Poole chested down a cleared West corner and volleying just over from 20 yards out. Two minutes later a superbly weighted through ball from Rob Black released Noor one-on-one but the Radcliffe goalkeeper Johnson was quick off his line to smother the danger.
Radcliffe’s first chance came on 8 minutes as Nalatche Lassana latched onto a superb cross field pass racing to the by-line and pulling his cross back to Yousef Yousef but the Radcliffe striker fired just over. The home side had the early impetus but West hit them on the break on 16 minutes as Jonny Poizer latched onto a cleared ball by the West defence but fired into the side netting at the near post.
Dean Williams in the West goal was called into action for the first time on 32 minutes as he was forced to save a hard deflected effort from Abou Sanogo at the edge of the West penalty area. A minute later West almost led as superb cross from Ben Woods found Poizer un-marked in the middle but the West striker dragged his shot wide of the post with the keeper beaten. Radcliffe responded with a miss of their own as McCabe’s low cross from the left hand side found Sanogo but the French striker put it past the post.
45 minutes of hard work was undone in first half stoppage time when Sanogo went over in the penalty appearing to catch Martyn Andrews in trying to reach the ball and the referee pointed to the spot. Sanogo duly dispatched the penalty dinking it into the bottom right hand corner giving Williams no chance and the home side a half time lead.
West came out determined to get themselves back in the game as on 50 minutes Jordan Poole forced Johnson into a save from a free kick after Noor was tripped at the edge of the area. Two minutes later Radcliffe almost made it 2-0 as following a switch in play as a shot went across goal and McDonald turned it over from close range with the goal at his mercy.
West levelled on the hour mark when a cross field pass from inside West’s half released Poizer who played in sub Mendes Gomes on the left who beat his man, raced into the box and cut his pass inside to fellow substitute Georgi Whyment who coolly fired past Johnson for his first goal of the season. Radcliffe were far from dissuaded as they rattled the crossbar immediately following the restart.
The final 20 minutes produced few clear cut chances as West were forced to play the last 10 with virtually 10 players after Noor was forced to play on with cramp with West having made all three substitutions. As the game looked to be heading to a penalty shoot- out Ben Woods burst down the left, played in Mendes Gomes who for a second time drove into the box, played it to Ben Steer who drilled it into the bottom right hand corner to hand West a memorable first night in the Manchester Premier Cup.