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MATCH REPORT: Westbury United 4-0 Swindon Town

Reds suffer Wiltshire Premier Shield defeat

19 January 2022

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It wasn't to be for Swindon Town on Tuesday night, who travelled to Meadow Lane, losing 4-0  to Westbury United in the Quarter-Final of The Wiltshire Premier Shield.

The quarter-final clash started in an open manner, with both teams enjoying spells of possession.

For the first twenty minutes or so, neither team looked overly likely to score. Bell did take a shot from a promising position outside the Westbury eighteen-yard box, but the strike was tame, allowing Westbury keeper, Porter, an early save.

Winchcombe then showed his confidence by positively carrying the ball forward, deep into Westbury United's half. The young Town defender then attempted to play a through-ball, but his teammate was offside, and possession turned over.

The game remained very open, especially in midfield, but the momentum shifted towards Westbury United around the thirty-minute mark, as the home side put pressure on Town through their impressive use of set-pieces. One of these set-pieces resulted in Town keeper Idem saving a close-range strike from Flippance. 

In the thirty-ninth minute, Westbury took the lead, whipping a dangerous corner into the Town box. Frost rose and headed the ball to his teammate, Hulbert, who dispatched a strong strike, which led to the ball nestling into the back of the Town net. 

Before half-time, Westbury continued to fire crosses into the box, and Idem did well to rise and claim a number of them.

HALF TIME: WESTBURY UNITED 1-0 SWINDON TOWN

Similarly to the first half, the second half started in an open manner, with Town showing some promising passing ability. Wyn-Davis and Fox could be seen spreading the ball smoothly across the pitch, but an attacking threat did not seem overly present.

In the fifty-fourth minute, Westbury doubled their lead. Flippance latched on to a through ball and slotted the ball home for Westbury into the bottom right-hand corner, with a calm strike. Almost directly following this, in the fifty-sixth minute, Westbury scored again. Capitalising on some poor passing play from Town around the 18-yard box, Demkiv fired the ball into the back of the net to further the home side's commanding lead.

Westbury came close again; Demkiv fired away another shot, but was deemed offside and his fizzing strike, which hit the back of the Town net, did not stand as a goal.

Town did attempt to regain control of the game, but were unable to break through the home side's strong backline. 

In the eightieth minute, Flippance prodded the ball home from close-range in the box to further strengthen the home side's lead.

Town were able to begin to show some promising signs going forwards towards the closing stages of the match, with an eighty-fifth minute Francis strike heading over the bar for a Westbury goal-kick.

The game ended 4-0 to the hosts. Westbury United booked their place in The Wiltshire Premier Shield semi-final, and Swindon were knocked out of the competition for this season. 

FINAL SCORE: WESTBURY UNITED 4-0 SWINDON TOWN 

TEAMS AND STATS 

WESTBURY UNITED - Porter, Hutchings, S. Hulbert, Frost, Price (C) (James 84), Shanley (Thompson 73), Griffiths, Stradling, Flippance, Demkiv, Biddiscombe (Timberal 84).

SUBS NOT USED - Kovacs, R. Hulbert.

SCORERS - S. Hulbert (39), Flippance (54, 80), Demkiv (56).

SWINDON TOWN - Idem, Taank, Boulden, Winchcombe, Francis, Bell, Afenyo, Fox (Kern 67), Cowmeadow, Wynn-Davis, Gordon.

SUBS NOT USED - Bryan, Bunch, Kanu, Storr.

Referee - Graham Pearce.


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