West Weekend Round Up
Weekend of West Part One
Saturday saw the third highest ever attendance, and the biggest in step 5 of the national league system as 473 people descended on Brookburn Road for the second annual Junior Takeover Day.
The bumper crowd, boosted by the junior section in charge of the match-day preceding’s where treated to a thrilling game as West fell behind to an early Congleton goal scored by former West striker Dave Short. However West rallied through goals from Ben Steer and Joe Shaw to hand West all three points and leave them nine points clear of Maine Road in the last relegation place. You can read the full match report HERE.
Elsewhere the reserves ended their run of defeats with a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Lostock Gralam. The result leaves them in 9th place in Cheshire League One.
Weekend of West Part Two
On Sunday West’s Women’s team returned to Brookburn Road for just the third time since November as they welcomed a Crewe Alexandra Development side they’d beaten 3-0 two weeks previously. Boasting a nearly full strength side they raced into a three goal lead thanks to Shauna Edmondson, Leigh McFadyen and Sarah Penney. A brilliant individual goal brought Crewe back into the game briefly before Penney added a second and Nat Callaghan the fifth to hand West an impressive 5-1 win. You can read the full match report HERE
Earlier, it was a less than successful morning for the Vets team who lost 2-1 at home to Grappenhall Sports to leave them bottom of the Cheshire Vets League.
The Under-11s returned to Hardy Farm for the first time in 2018 as they hosted Flixton Junior Dragons in the Under 11s Champions Cup. Despite falling behind to two early goals they fought back through Kaylum Hepburn with a long free kick. Morgan Scott brought West level from a corner kick however a comeback wasn’t to be as Flixton found the next goal despite the spirited fightback.
The Under-12s Badgers recorded an important victory over Mersey Valley to replace them at the top of the league. Isaak Hynes earned himself a brace but was denied a hat-trick thanks to a Mersey Valley own goal There was also a goal from Joel Longworth to cap of his player of the match performance as West recorded a narrow victory of their local neighbours.
Elsewhere a depleted Under-12s Magpies headed to Wythenshawe Playing fields where they faced a Manchester United girls foundation side. A disciplined first half performance meant that at half time they were still in the game despite being a goal down. A lack of subs forced the Magpies to play the second half with a player down and United took full advantage to score 4 goals in a swift 15 minute period. A final score of 6-0 was a harsh reflection for the Magpies who’d been in the game with even numbers.
The top-of-the-table Under-15s will have to concentrate on their league campaign after they were beaten 4-1 at home by Benchill Celtic Hornets in the semi-finals of the League Cup. West’s goal came courtesy of Ibby Bakare whose next game is a local derby against Hough End Griffins in two weeks time.
The Under-16s kept themselves in the top half of the table with a battling 2-2 draw at home to North Trafford Athletic; a brace by Harry Denny was cancelled out by a brace from Trafford’s Zubair Mohyuddin as the two sides shared a point at Platt Lane.