TOOLSTATION LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: Westbury United 4 Chard Town 2
9:24am Monday 19th August 2013 in Latest News
WESTBURY United went top of the Toolstation League First Division last weekend with a hard-fought victory over Chard Town.
The hosts had the better of the first half with David Whyte defending well and pressing high up the pitch.
Chard’s James Boyland made promising runs on the left and Mark Armstrong put the ball over Westbury’s bar on eight minutes.
With 15 minutes on the clock, Simon Millard’s controlled pass from the edge of the box reached Nathan Hallet, and his first time shot fizzed past Chard’s left hand post.
Rich Hebditch threatened Westbury on the right with a run that won a corner on 20 minutes, but the ball in landed on the roof of the net.
On 35 minutes Nathan Hallet connected with Wayne Wheeler’s cross and his shot was saved by Chard keeper Jason Hutchings.
On 44 minutes, Matt Cooper sent Millard free on the left, and the ball was pushed out for a corner, which was over-hit and allowed Chard to break away.
With Matt Cooper injured winning the corner, Lee Salter made a crucial interception at the back to deny the visitors, as the first half ended goalless.
But the visitors took the lead early in the second period as the lively Boyland immediately ran at David Whyte, cut in, and unleashed a shot that Lewis Porter couldn’t stop.
Mark Young forced a corner at the other end, but even that led to another unwanted test of the rearranged Westbury defence, with Hebditch hitting the side netting.
At the other end, a penalty appeal for handball was turned down, and Chard came back strongly with Sam King, Hebditch and Boyland combining well to cause Westbury problems.
Jamie Underwood’s volley missed the Westbury post on 65 minutes, but Westbury levelled the scores on 67 minutes when Wheeler’s fizzing shot was headed over the keeper and into the net by Nathan Hallet.
With everything to play for, the game opened up and both sets of strikers found more space.
But it was Matt Bown's side that took maximum advantage, with Mark Young cutting in and sending a ball across Chard’s goalmouth for Wheeler to slot in Westbury’s second.
Dan Letchford’s accurate long balls from the left for Hallet and Wheeler kept Chard pressed back, and when sub Ritchie Powell and Underwood were finally able to break away on 75 minutes, Dominy made an important stop on the edge of the box.
Young, with his last contribution on 80 minutes, set up a slick move between Millard and Wheeler which was saved by Hutchings.
With Joe Murray replacing Young, Wheeler picked up the ball deep and found acres of space ahead of him. He ran at Chard and scored his second and Westbury’s third on 83 minutes.
But Chard were still in it. Hutching’s free kick just inside Westbury’s half was headed out for a corner, with Jamie Barfoot finding himself unmarked to head past Porter to make it 3-2.
But with seconds remaining, Walton cut through the Chard defence, and fired home United's fourth of the afternoon.
Westbury travel to Almondsbury UWE on Tuesday evening.
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