Westfield surge up to fourth

WESTFIELD moved into the top four in Sussex Division Two by claiming their fourth win in a row.

Thursday, 14th October 2004, 2:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:20 pm

Pease Pottage Village, famously the victims of Westfield's Sussex County League club record 18-0 win 13 months ago, were the latest team to be put to the sword.

Reflecting on their 1-0 victory, manager Steve Johnson said: "It's nice to have four wins on the trot (one of which was a 2-0 SCFA RUR Charity Cup second round triumph over Saltdean United).

"And it is promising but it has co-incided with ideal opportunities, especially with three of them being at home. They were the sort of games we would expected to have won and I was disappointed with the Crawley Down result (a 2-1 home defeat) the week before because that was a game we should have won. These fixtures have worked out quite well for us, I don't think we've played any of the better sides in the last three games."

Even so they've all been beaten, although Johnson's mind must have been wondering if that would be the case as "a whole catalogue" of chances went begging in Crawley during Saturday lunch-time.

Chris Smith missed the target from inside the six yard box, Sam Jamison was denied by Pottage's debut-making goalkeeper and their man of the match when clean through, Dominic Clarke headed wide from close range and hit the post while second half substitute Terry Paine passed up a couple of decent openings as well.

It was to the visitors' credit, therefore, that they kept frustration and the spasmodic counter attack from their besieged opponents at bay to pop up with the winner in the 88th minute.

Clarke was the man who got it - his seventh of the term - running across his marker to meet Alan Johnson's delivery with a firm header into the corner of the net - an opportunity which, typically in these type of games, was "more difficult than several others that had been missed before that".