Goalscorers: D. Gosling, F. Scott, R. Kirkby-Cox (2)
Competition: UHL Challenge Cup 1st Round
Date: 26th September 2020
Venue: Woking Park, GU22 9BA
GK George Currey (c)
Subs not used:
Manager: Iain White
Asst. Manager: Toby Goodship
Referee: Tom Lathey
The first competitive game of the season finally arrives with all the expectation of a new season, in good conditions and excellent playing facilities.
A good pace to the game from kick off that lasted all match saw an even share of possession with Westfield scoring first after taking advantage of a misplaced pass. 10 minutes in and at 1-0 down, Yateley gradually took control of the game as the half progressed.
Gosling scored after Westfield failed to clear their lines from a corner. Hood had an excellent chance to put Yateley in front just after but could not convert, however Finn Scott did give Yateley the lead after a one-on-one with the ‘keeper. 1-2 at half-time.
2 minutes into the second half, Westfield equalised after the striker was left one-on-one with Currey. Yateley soon recovered their lead after King headed Sharpe’s pass on for Kirkby-Cox to run onto and score. 15 minutes into the half, a through pass from Mynard allowed Kirkby-Cox to add his second with another good finish. 2-4 to Yateley and this ended up as the final score although it could have been more. Kirkby-Cox had a chance for his hatrick and Neeves had a good header ruled out for offside.
In all this was a good game of football with both teams playing at pace and in the right spirit; competitive but about the football and not the moaning and complaining that frequents the game far too often. Overall, Yateley deserved the win being in control for the majority of the match and although Currey made a couple of fine saves, Yateley had the greater number of chances and attempts on goal. A mention should go the referee, who is never going satisfy everyone’s opinion, also had a good game.
Dan Gosling goal: