Top five still on despite defeat

Tom Archer gave Westfield an early lead away to Mile Oak last night
Tom Archer gave Westfield an early lead away to Mile Oak last night

Westfield still have a good chance of a top five finish despite a slightly unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Mile Oak last night (Wednesday).

Although currently seventh in Sussex County Football League Division Two, Westfield are just three points behind fifth-placed Broadbridge Heath with two games in hand.

In a fixture brought forward late last week, Westfield got off to a great start as Tom Archer put them ahead inside four minutes with a header from a corner routine the club has worked on for quite a while.

Westfield hit the post through Gordon Cuddington, but Aaron Ransom brought Oak level by arrowing a shot into the bottom corner after the visitors only half cleared a corner.

The visitors’ cause wasn’t helped by the loss of Steve Thomson to a knee injury after 20 minutes, yet they were the better side during the opening 25 minutes of the second period.

Oak then started to look more threatening and stand-in Westfield goalkeeper Danny Woodley, who had a good game, made a great save from a one-on-one situation. The hosts grabbed the winner from the resulting corner, however, as Ryan Pretlove headed in from close range.

Woodley made another splendid stop moments later and Oak put the rebound in the net only to be denied by an offside flag. Mike Booth went close and Sean Smith had two great opportunities, but it wasn’t to be. Westfield travel to Storrington tomorrow (Saturday).

Westfield: Woodley, Williams, Bell, Archer, Thomson (Smith), Brand, Warren, Henham, Owens (Ringwood), Cuddington, Booth.