Westbury Utd Res 3 Staverton Utd 3
A bumper crowd of 100- plus were treated to a thrilling game in this top-of-the-table battle in Division Two.
With Westbury playing a strong team, they had plenty of possession and took an early lead when Pinder headed home after 14 minutes. Only a minute later Staverton were awarded a penalty when Kenich blocked a shot, but the ball also hit his arm as he fell.
Harry Ledbury made no mistake as he fired the penalty into the top corner to draw the sides level. Westbury once again pushed for the goal but the away side always looked capable on the break. In the 25th minute it was Westbury’s turn to be awarded a penalty, which Pinder dispatched to give Utd a 2-1 lead.
For the next ten minutes Westbury looked the better side until the ref, to the amazement of pretty much everyone in the Ground, gave a penalty after keeper Mead made a great tackle just inside the box. Ledbury once again kept his nerve to level the scores.
The second half started with Staverton looking the better side even though Westbury were creating the more clear cut chances. With 66 minutes gone Staverton were awarded a free kick and unfortunately for the home team, McCafferty deflected the ball past Mead to give Staverton the lead.
From this moment on Westbury really pushed on and Jordan, Wilkins and Pinder all missed good chances with their head. With ten minutes to go, Utd looked as though they had their goal when Pinder headed home, but somehow both ref nor linesman spotted the ball going at least a foot over the line.
This pressure eventually told in the 87th minute when Dawes and Kenich both had shots in a goal mouth scramble, which eventually Kenich managed to bundle the ball over the line. The game finished 3-3 and probably a fair result all things considered.
Star Man Adam Kenich.