NWCFL Premier Division 
27/08/2016, 15:00
1 - 0
Brookburn Road
First Team

Match Report

An 87th minute Rick Gleave winner made it three wins from four for West as they registered a second consecutive home league win.


The game’s first chance came on six minutes as Padiham failed to clear Ben Steer’s throw in but Matty Kay dragged the rebound wide. Padiham responded with a chance of their own as a free kick was whipped in but it was too strong for Hayden Buckley-Smith in the West goal to hold but fortunately it was hooked clear before Padiham could apply the finish. Both teams continued to press and West thought they might have had a free kick in a dangerous position on 14 minutes before Jonny Poizer pounced on the loose ball but could only roll his shot into the hands of the grateful Padiham goalkeeper Michael Donlon.


On 23 minutes West created their best chance to that point when a super Mark Rogers free kick was curled in but Poizer could only head over at the far post. Padiham went close four minutes later as West failed to clear the ball inside their own penalty area but fired wide with the goal at their mercy.


Padiham went close again on 32 minutes when they broke the offside trap but their cross was headed wide unmarked at the far post. The game continued to flow end-to-end and Matty Kay was denied by a superb block after good build up play from Poizer on 34 minutes.  Two minutes later Joe Shaw cannoned a first time effort off the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area after a low cross from the right hand side.  Despite the goalmouth action at either end it remained goalless at half time.


The second half was just three minutes old when West were denied a penalty as Ben Steer crossed into the path of Kay only for the West forward to be dragged to the floor with the Padiham defence but the referee waved away the claim.  West upped their tempo as Shaw played a superb through pass to Woods but the forward could only drag his shot wide.


Steer continued to be a threat down the right as a superb header from Padiham defender Martin Parkes from the West wingers cross denied Ash Woods a certain goal. On 63 minutes Parkes again came to his sides rescue as Woods burst past Bamba into the visitor’s penalty and a diving block somehow managed to push Woods rocket of a shot onto the underside of the crossbar.


West’s pressure continued as Padiham tried to hit on the counter attack and with 13 minutes remaining as Padiham’s Harry Dunn thought he’d put his side ahead when Buckley-Smith was called into action to push his near post effort into the side netting. With five minutes remaining West went close again as a superb save from Donlon denied Woods before Kay was hauled to the floor before he could dispatch the rebound with the referee refusing to give a penalty.


The breakthrough came with just three minutes remaining as Steer cut inside playing in Andrews whose shot was blocked but fell into the path of substitute Rick Gleave who poked home to give West a deserved lead. West weren’t finished a thunderous effort denied West a second when Botchey cut inside from the left and unleashed one into the top corner but it was brilliantly saved again by Donlon but West secured their second win of the week.