TOOLSTATION LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: Westbury United 1 Hengrove Athletic 5
2:01pm Sunday 3rd March 2013 in Sport
ONCE Hengrove had broken down Westbury’s determined defending with Craig White’s opening goal five minutes before half time, they went on to record a resounding victory to strengthen their push for promotion.
United were forced into a number of changes from the previous match due to play unavailability, but their workrate in the opening half was superb.
However the pressure finally told and there was no looking back for Athletic once they had broken the deadlock.
The hosts never threatened the visitors goal until late in the game and their own good defending prevented anything other than half chances until White’s fine low finish on 40 minutes.
Hengrove then started the second half in fine style with three goals in nine minutes, although their second and third goals appeared to be offside.
Ben Bament looped a header over home keeper Lewis Porter to double the lead on 52 before Ben Crewe ran through and rounded Porter to make it 3-0.
Westbury’s only real attempt on goal came just after the hour mark when Matt Mead’s 20-yard free kick forced Liam McFarlane into a smart save.
However Athletic soon notched their fourth goal from the penalty spot after Gary Tugwell had fouled Bament on 61 minutes, the winger picking himself up to score the kick.
United’s best spell of the game came in the closing stages, but they were still unable to force a way through the league’s meanest defence.
Crewe added a fifth for Hengrove with another excellent run and finish before the hosts grabbed a consolation with a penalty of their own.
Nathan Hallett was fouled by Ricky Briggs and stepped up to confidently score from the spot. Mead received a second yellow card and therefore a red in the closing stages.
Westbury United: Lewis Porter, David Whyte, Tom Whyte, Luke Stanley, Paul Beavers, Gary Tugwell, Phil Hampson, Kane Scott, Kieron Kiff, Matt Mead, Nathan Hallett.
Subs: Joe Moloney, Simon Dolbear (used) Mark Young (unused).
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