Westfields kicked off their 2020/21 Hellenic Premier campaign in the best possible way by beating Bishops Cleeve 1-0 at Kayte Lane.
Olly Butler’s first half effort somehow squirmed through Mitres keeper Matty Wieczorek to win the game against his former club, who huffed and puffed but couldn’t find that all important equaliser.
Butler’s effort was the first real meaningful effort of the game on 8 minutes and it shook Bishops Cleeve for the opening quarter of the game.
Cleeve tried to get the ball wide and won a number of free kicks in Westfields’ half but were unable to really cause Steve Sarkodie too many issues in the visiting goal.
Lindon Dovey’s free kick just after the half hour mark crashed into the wall before the follow up was turned wide for a corner.
Just before the break Westfields were up in arms after King Baidoo felt he was tripped by the already cautioned Matt Sysum, only for the Hartpury man to be given a yellow card for diving. For a second everyone in Kayte Lane though Sysum was going to be dismissed.
The remaining minutes of the first half saw a number of pull backs and trips and after one from Blaine Waugh, he too was cautioned.
Then in added time of the first half Baidoo weaved his way through the right side of the box, only to see his effort saved by the legs of Wieczorek. From there Cleeve broke, but Sarkodie wasn’t tested by Ieuan Crowe’s strike.
The second half saw Cleeve struggle to take hold of the game and the match felt like it was getting away from them until about twenty minutes left.
Westfields sub Sirdic Grant appeared to elbow Archie Haskayne in the head as the ball bounced up and despite pleas to the referee the card was only yellow. And that seemed to spark Cleeve into life.
Following that incident Cleeve began to win more corners and free kicks in and around the Westfields box, with Blaine Waugh heading a great chance over from about 8 yards.
A bizarre moment then happened with ten minutes left as Cleeve broke over the half way line, Sarkodie came hurtling out of his goal to slide in and make the challenge, just the 40 yards away from his goal.
Cleeve’s final chance came from a ball in from the right which was sliced behind his own goal by the match winner Butler and the visitors would hold on.
Overall Cleeve worked hard but failed to turn their hardwork and set pieces into clear cut chances and whilst Westfields weren’t at full flow, they did enough to take home the points.
Bishops Cleeve head to Chipping Sodbury in the FA Vase on Saturday whilst Westfields have the small matter of title rivals Binfield away at the weekend.
Bishops Cleeve: Wieczorek, Dovey, Iddles, Caldwell, Sysum, Odiero, Waugh, Haskayne, Davies, Crowe, Blackie
Subs: Price, Tucker-Dixon, O’Regan, Thwaite, Burns
Westfields: Sarkodie, Butler, Dyde, Edwards, Rawlings, Reeve, Stoneman, Basit, Baidoo, Miller, Bam
Subs: Nicholas, Grant, Williams, Greaves, Havard
M&S Roofing Man of the Match: Steve Davies (Bishops Cleeve)