Combined Counties Round-up 27 March
It was a day of mixed emotions for Hartley Wintney on Saturday, with the huge positive being the passing of ground grading regulations allowing them to advance to the next level.
However with only a point needed to secure the title they slipped up to a 1-0 home defeat against Horley Town. The Row would have been champions anyway if Westfield had dropped points against Bedfont & Feltham, and it was a close run thing with the strugglers twice taking the lead. However a late Andre Smith winner meant the champagne is on ice for now for Hartley. With Hanworth Villa not in action Walton & Hersham had a chance to take advantage and move up to 3rd, but they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Guildford City, having 2 men sent off in the process. The result was a first defeat in 9 for the Swans. Epsom & Ewell also missed the opportunity to make up significant ground, with a 2-2 draw at home to Farnham Town. Town twice took the lead with scrappy goals though weren’t able to hold on.
At the bottom Raynes Park Vale are now very close to having their relegation confirmed, losing 2-0 to Camberley in front of just 14 spectators. The second of those goals came from all of 70 yards, Chris Ellis the scorer. Badshot Lea remain 5 points from safety after a 3-1 home defeat against Sutton Common Rovers, the Gander Green Lane side ending a 3 game losing streak. It’s Colliers Wood that the Baggies are chasing – after a 2-0 loss against Chertsey Town, Wood have lost their last 7 games as they slide towards the dreaded drop zone. CB Hounslow aren’t safe yet either, with their 2-0 loss at home to Abbey Rangers coming as a large blow. Rangers by contrast are enjoying a great first season in the Premier Division, and are now just a point away from the 60 point mark. AFC Hayes will feel a lot more confident after a 2-1 win away to Windsor, taking a 2 goal lead before half time and hanging on for all 3 points. Elsewhere in the Premier Division North Greenford United were 1-0 winners at Knaphill.
In Division One Banstead Athletic secured promotion with a 5-0 win at Worcester Park, all 5 goals coming in a devastating 30 minute spell, ending the game as a contest well before half time. Bagshot’s promotion hopes were well and truly kept alive with a 9-1 thrashing of Epsom Athletic, who are falling adrift at the bottom of the table. Chessington & Hook too picked up a positive result by beating Frimley Green 2-0, lifting them to 2nd place for now at least. There was a comfortable win for Eversley & California, 5-0 at home to Cobham. Cobham are now 7 games without a win whilst Eversley are 3 undefeated. Balham’s own promotion hopes took a blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dorking, who actually led until the 89th minute. The achievement was made even more significant by the fact 8 of Dorking’s starting 11 were under 18. AC London’s strong early season form hasn’t really been replicated in the second half and they were held to a 1-1 draw against Staines Lammas on Saturday – a 3rd draw in a row for the Combined Counties League newboys. Elsewhere in Division One Sheerwater won 4-1 at Cove.
There was also action in the RPM Records Division One Challenge Cup on Saturday, Redhill reaching the final with a 4-1 win over Ash in front of 121 fans.
Text: Johnnie Lowery
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New Playing Kit 18 March 2017
The new Westfield FC playing shirt sits proudly on the Clubhouse wall – more pictures to follow.
Combined Counties Round-up 13 March 2017
The weekend’s action in the Combined Counties League saw two of the top sides face each other, with Hartley Wintney securing a 3-1 victory against Westfield, taking their points tally up to 94.
Westfield had actually taken the lead in the 4th minute but that was soon cancelled out by 17 year old Adam Liddle and second half goals from Duff and Argent secured victory for the current champions. Hanworth Villa took advantage of Westfield’s defeat and moved up to 2nd place with a 3-1 win away to Knaphill despite trailing at half time. Both sides had a man sent off in that one, Connor Close and Jesse Ataise both given their marching orders with the scores level. Walton & Hersham kept the pace with a 1-0 win over Farnham Town – the Surrey side are now undefeated in six as they look to climb the table.
At the bottom of the table Badshot Lea continued their mini-revival by securing a vital win against fellow strugglers Bedfont & Feltham, 3-1, to lift themselves to within seven points of safety. Despite a win midweek Raynes Park Vale are still in deep trouble and were beaten 2-0 at Abbey Rangers at the weekend, the home side also missing a penalty in a game they won comfortably enough. With only two points in their last seven games AFC Hayes are being dragged into a relegation battle, and their 2-0 defeat at home to Chertsey Town on Saturday saw the visitors leapfrog them in the table. Colliers Wood too have struggled recently and their poor form continued on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at home to North Greenford United. The loss of goalkeeper George Ennor to injury midway through the second half could be pointed to as a key factor in the game, with both goals for the away side coming after this point. Sutton Common Rovers have been much improved in the second half of the season but couldn’t prevent Windsor securing a 1-0 win at the weekend, George Gould scoring the only goal (pictured) with SCR being reduced to 10 men in the second half. One of the more entertaining games of the day came at Guildford City, who were beaten 3-2 at home to Camberley. The visitors had taken a three goal lead but were nearly caught out by a late Guildford surge. With just two wins all year Guildford have slipped into the bottom half of the table. In an all Middlesex clash CB Hounslow were defeated 2-1 at home to Spelthorne Sports, whilst Bedfont Sports lost 4-0 against Horley Town, the game switched to Horley as the new 3G pitch is installed at Bedfont Sports’ home ground.
There was something of a shock in Division One as Redhill were beaten for the first time since the 8th October, going down 1-0 at Bagshot who now move above Redhill in the table. Banstead Athletic took advantage of this slip up by beating South Park Reserves 4-1 to move 11 points clear at the top. Their cause was helped further as Chessington & Hook suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Farleigh. Having lost their last five games by a total of 26 goals the new look Farleigh side are now looking to get a good run of form going. On a weekend of strange results struggling Cove picked up a 3-0 win against Frimley Green, defensive mistakes costing the visitors. Dorking however couldn’t continue this trend, going down 3-0 at home to Staines Lammas side who have been inconsistent in form of late. After defeat to Balham a few weeks ago Worcester Park got back on track by beating Ash 3-0, moving up to 8th in the league with Sheerwater slipping to a 2-1 home defeat against Eversley & California – they in turn climbed above the inactive Balham. Elsewhere in Division One Cobham were beaten 2-0 at home to AC London
Photo credit: Gary Brigden
Text: Johnnie Lowery
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