LES PHILLIPS CUP: Westbury United 0 Bishop Sutton 3
9:44am Monday 11th February 2013 in Sport
WESTBURY United did themselves proud against the Premier Division’s second placed side and it took a superb second half hat-trick from Bishop Sutton's Darren Hawkins to knock Sam Gooding's men out of the Les Phillips Cup.
Chances came in equal measure at both ends in the first half - visiting keeper Ashley Clarke saving from Matt Mead, Simon Millard and Pete Ayton while Lewis Porter in the home goal did well to deny Liam Farmer, Kyle Shallcross and Hawkins.
Other openings saw Westbury’s Mead and Millard off target as were the Bishops through Billy Downes, Kye Holly and Hawkins.
Shallcross came the closest to scoring a goal before the break but he saw his fierce 30 yarder cannon off the crossbar.
Porter excelled early in the secind period, saving excellently from Jordan Metters, Hawkins and John Locke; the latter save going out for a corner kick which led to a counter attack where both Millard and Phil Hampson were wasteful for United.
Unfortunately Porter was slightly at fault for the opening goal on 55, although Liam Farmer appeared to foul Mark Young in the build up, allowing him the time to set up Hawkins who fired home from ten yards.
Westbury went into fast attacking mode through the impressive Clinton Hartley and Nathan Hallett, with Clarke showing good hands to save a Hallett free kick.
However they were undone by Hawkins’ brilliance as he scored twice more in three minutes.
After a corner kick was only partly cleared, Hawkins received the ball 30 yards from goal and curled a perfect shot into Porter’s top left hand corner.
Then, with United frustrated at their lack of fortune, Hawkins grabbed his hat-trick goal with a superb finish that looped over Porter and into the net.
Westbury had a real go at finding a way back into the game in the closing stages, pushing many players into attacking positions without being able to find a way through - substitutes Kieron Kiff and Dan Cox were off target while Porter parried a late effort by Metters.
United travel to Shrewton United in the Toolstation League First Division on Tuesday evening.
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