Westfield score two late goals to beat Littlehampton United

Westfield Football Club scored two late goals to begin 2019 with a home victory on Saturday.

Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 5:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:51 pm
Westfield on the ball during their 3-2 win over Littlehampton United. Pictures by Simon Newstead

Terry Robinson netted in the 84th and 88th minutes to earn the Westies a 3-2 win over Littlehampton United in Southern Combination League Division Two.

Westfield chairman and defender Jack Stapley said: “It was very pleasing that we came back from a losing position because I did think maybe last week (the 4-1 loss away to Jarvis Brook) would knock a bit of confidence.

“It was a very good win and I couldn’t be happier to be honest. Everybody was absolutely buzzing after that.”

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Littlehampton were back on level terms after Kieron Gillard struck a left-footed free kick from 25 yards around the wall and into the top corner.

George King had a decent chance to put Westfield ahead again at the break, but shot wide from the edge of the box following Shelton’s cross.

Littlehampton hit the front in the second half. A visiting player nicked the ball off Robinson and the subsequent cross into the box was headed in by Tom Foxon at the far post.

Westfield defender Fabio Histed keeps a close eye on a Littlehampton United opponent

Westfield kept plugging away and got their rewards with two well-taken goals in the final 10 minutes, Robinson volleying both of them into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

“It was quite a tight game to be honest,” added Jack Stapley. “We probably just shaded it maybe on our first half performance rather than second half performance.

“Second half was a bit more agricultural and backs-to-the-wall. Maybe a draw would’ve fair, but obviously we’re delighted to snatch it at the end.”

Westfield: H. Stapley (King); May, J. Stapley, Histed, Bell; Charlton (Harffey), Higgins, Ferguson; McNamee, Robinson, Shelton (Harley).

A Littlehampton United player is unable to keep the ball in play with Histed in close attendance