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No disgrace as Reds exit cup after battle.

Under 16 Cup Rastrick B 5 Westend Tigers 1 WESTEND exited the cup, but made the opposition work hard in what was a close-fought game.

Westend had the first chance when Nathan Lockwood was put through and only a good save from the keeper kept the home side level.

Then, from a corner, Connor Briggs had a fine header cleared off the line.

Rastrick had their chances and took the lead when the striker was left unmarked to fire home. This seemed to wake up Rastrick and they soon added another after a Westend mistake.

The game was played in the best of spirits, but with Rastrick adding a third in lucky circumstances, the game slipped away from the Reds.

Playing up the slope in the second half, Westend who should have got back into the game but three good chances were missed when Rastrick were on the back foot.

Reece Sykes did pull a goal back but the home side capitalised on poor defending to score two more. Yet, the game was a lot tighter than the score suggests. Westend's Man Of The Match was Ben Stansfield.

Under 12 Westend Lions 1 Saville Town 1 Lions claimed a very hard-won point gained against a good passing side.

Westend went one down following a penalty given for a mistimed tackle by Kielan Bucknor after he had covered well to get himself in a position to make a tackle. The well-taken kick gave keeper Lee Fawcett no chance - hard and low into his right-hand corner.

Westend kept their heads and after a prolonged spell of pressure approaching half time they were rewarded with a decision in the box following a clumsy challenge on Oliver Hornsby. Jermaine Henson stepped forward and confidently fired home the resultant penalty.

The second half saw a couple of chances for the boys in a red but it was Saville Town who applied most of the pressure.

The back four held their line well and an outstanding defensive display from Joe Sutton at right back deservedly earned him the Man Of The Match award.

Under 12 Westend Tigers 2 Rastrick B 0 Although Rastrick B are two divisions above Westend, it was the Tigers who came out on top.

This was a vast improvement from Westend compared to last week and they played good football in all departments.

Their passing, tackling and all-round team play was a joy to watch.

Westend's goals came from Danny Plowman and Joseph Randerson who chose to play football on his birthday and not let his team-mates down.

No players for Westend can be singled out for praise because the whole team played superbly. Well done to both teams for a great game of football.

Under 14 Cup Westend Lions 2 Battyeford 5 The first half saw end-to-end football and both teams missed chances. Both teams continued to throw everything into the game in the second half, but two quick goals put the visitors in charge.

Oliver Watson was in the thick of it and he made a super save from a penalty kick.

Westend pulled one back through a Declan McParland header and minutes later Edward Dickinson converted from the spot to make it 2-2. But, with the game looking likely to go into extra time the visitors took advantage of the windy conditions to fire three more goals for victory. Under 16 Cup Westend Lions 6 Norristhorpe 3 Westend started lethargically in their first game since the end of November.

Suddenly, after a good one-two with Ryan Wilson, Tom Haigh fired an unstoppable shot to give his side the lead.

Westend had numerous other attempts on goal, but the first time Norristhorpe got out of their half the winger fired in a cross, the forward hit it first time and Calum Westwood could not keep the ball out.

Yet second half goals from Tom Haigh, Ryan Wilson and Lewis King, plus two great goals from Joe Carroll gave the home team a place in Round 2. Oliver Dyson and Josh Wrigley were brilliant in defence and midfield respectively. Alex Briggs, Anthony Garnett, Chris Brook and Waqas Ali all worked hard in a good team effort.

Under 14 Cup Westend Tigers 1 Meltham 4 This game was played in good spirit and delivered everything you would expect from a cup tie - plenty of action, excitement, grit and determination.

The visitors took control and got off to the best start possible with an early goal and tried to extend their lead with chance after chance but Westend defenders Connor Moss, Milan Farhan, Dylan Hurdus, Liam Dyson and keeper Dominic Fletcher all played superbly to keep the visitors at bay.

Westend captain Cameron Pope had a great chance to equalise when he latched on to a through ball from Toby Croft. He ran from the half way with two defenders chasing and as the keeper came out, his shot crashed against the post.

The equaliser came after 25 minutes with a great goal from Man Of The Match Dauwood Aslam, who made no mistake when the ball came to him inside the box. It stayed 1-1 up until the interval.

Meltham eventually got the goal that took the score to 2-1 and things would have been worse but for some great saves from Harry Cai. The Tigers tried their very best to get back into the tie but the visitors scored twice in the last few minutes to win a thrilling match.

Under 11 Cup Westend Tigers 4 Howden Clough B2A match against their mates in the Lions squad is the reward for the Tigers after a tremendous display against higher division opponents.

The cold weather soon got to some of the Westend players and things were looking bleak when the visitors took an early lead. But a number of outstanding saves by Rory O'Connell kept Westend in the match as Clough piled on the pressure.

With the introduction of Manuel Mainetti and Danny Schofield the home side began a fight back and a fine move saw Sol Stansfield score from close range to level the match. Minutes later a superb strike from the impressive Mainetti gave the keeper no chance but poor defending seconds from the break gifted the visitors an equaliser.

A reshuffled formation took to the field for the second half and with the wind at their backs Westend began to dominate and it was no surprise when Matthew Werritt put them in front with a fierce shot from the edge of the area.

Howden Clough looked dangerous on the break but keeper O'Connell was up to everything they threw at him and when Danny Schofield fired home from 10 yards the result was never in doubt.

Under 11 Cup Westend Lions 18 Ossett Town 0 Ben Pedley took the captain's armband for this game and his pass to Harry Brook allowed him to cross from the right for Dominic Smallwood to turn and shoot to make it 1-0 after three minutes.

Westend scored a further eight first half goals with a hat trick from Smallwood, braces from Brook and Jack Wilde and one from Ben Spencer.

The restart saw the introduction of Jack Marshall, Josh Robinson and Alex Harrington-Tempest. The slope, the wind and the gulf in divisions made it a very one-sided affair and allowed Westend to ring the changes by exchanging attackers for defenders and giving goalkeeper Tyler Jowett a rare opportunity to play as an outfield player.

Substitute Harrington-Tempest pounced on a poor clearance for the first of his four goals. Smallwood got his fourth with a fine shot to make it 10-0 and 11 and 12 came from Harrington-Tempest and Spencer. Josh Robinson made his presence felt with a fine finish and Harry Prosser made it 14 with his first goal of the season. Liam Hood then made it 15 before keeper Tyler Jowett scored from the spot after being hauled down by an Ossett defender. Harrington-Tempest scored his third and fourth of the day to make the final score 18-0.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2011
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