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TOOLSTATION LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: Westbury United 0 Oldland Abbotonians 2
9:19am Monday 29th October 2012 in Sport
WESTBURY United have now gone eight games without a win after they were beaten by Oldland Abbotonians last weekend.
The opening half was a very tight affair with both goalkeepers only having a single save to make thanks to strong defending by both teams, although Westbury put together several fine passing moves without reward.
Stuart Powell, in the home goal due to Lewis Porter’s unavailability, set up a chance when a long kick found Mark Young, who flicked the ball onto Nathan Hallett, who saw his left-footed effort turned wide by Ashley Bryan.
The Abbots scored their first goal on 38 minutes when Craig Wilson received the ball from Luke Bryan 20 yards from goal and, totally unchallenged, turned and struck a fine finish that flew into the net.
Westbury started the second half at a fast pace, with Young forcing Ashley Bryan into an early save before their luck ran out completely.
Nathan Hallett struck a lovely, curling free kick that cannoned off the crossbar and away from the goal.
Then just a few minutes later, with Oldland under severe pressure, Joe Kirkpatrick’s fierce shot found the same part of the bar and the ball again bounced away from the danger area.
The Abbots’ best player on the day was attacker Tom Morgan and he made Powell save a low effort before sealing the points for his side on 62 minutes, when he ran through and finished well.
Morgan then came close to scoring again when a clever lob dropped inches wide of the post.
The scoreline forced Manager Sam Gooding into attacking substitutions but, despite pushing men forward, United were unable to get back into the game with their closest chance coming when Kieron Kiff’s cross eluded everone in the box.
United take on local rivals Warminster Town on Wednesday evening.
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