Jekyll and Hyde Westfield

A JEKYLL and Hyde performance saw Westfield hit the heights before so nearly throwing away the points in a 4-3 win over St Francis Rangers.

Thursday, 2nd September 2004, 4:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:21 pm

Steve Johnson's side turned on the style to romp into a 3-0 lead by half-time but in their eagerness to add to their tally they allowed St Francis to haul themselves back into the contest.

The manager said: "For 45 minutes we played as well as we have done for a while, we were so good, but second half we let them back into the game and we were hanging on a bit at the end."

Westfield were unstoppable in the opening period and could have added to the three goals they did convert. James Carman opened the scoring midway through the half when he finished with the aid of a ricochet off the keeper after being put clear on goal.

Eight minutes later Carman turned provider by sending over a cross for Dom Clarke to head home his first of the afternoon. Before the half was up Westfield bagged their third through Alan Johnson who executed the perfect volley from a Chris Smith centre.

That seemed to be it but Saints took advantage of their hosts' desire to grab more goals when Bushell reduced the arrears on the hour mark. Clarke appeared to put them back in their place by netting his second and his team's fourth - following a good run and cut-back by Carman - but Westfield just wouldn't learn their lesson.

Phil Gault struck twice more in the 71st and 82nd minutes to turn up the temperature, although Duncan Jones, making his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle injury, almost doused their fire but his fine run and chip just missed the target.

"We needed that after a couple of defeats, we needed to get back on track," admitted a relieved Johnson. "Over the 90 minutes we dominated but to leave ourselves hanging on in a game we were totally in control definitely was a downside."