"We had a fairly strong squad of 14 players, with Turns putting on the gloves as our 8th choice keeper, as all our 'proper' keepers were unavailable. However, Singhy didn't make it, as his petrol flap wouldn't open when he went to get petrol and had to wait several hours for RAC to 'rescue' him (no, we couldn't understand why he couldn't have made it either?), and Clarky got caught in traffic and was late as usual, so we started off with 12.
We made the worst possible start when in the first minute from a free kick in Westbury's first attack, the ball was half cleared, but fell to Spraggy in the 6 yard box, who, with no-one near him and all the time to clear the ball, casually did a pirouette and contrived to put the ball past the hapless Turns to put Westbury 1 up. It took us a few minutes to recover from this shock, but once we settled down, we started to play some good football, and actually passed to each other for a change. For the rest of the half, we dominated the game and created several good chances, especially for Coatesy who had 3 great chances saved by their keeper, and he also hit the bar with a powerdriver. Halfway through the half, we got the goal we deserved with a well worked corner that fell to Woody, who tapped in for a rare goal to make it 1-1, which is how it stayed until half-time.
We continued to dominate in the 2nd half, although Westbury threatened on the counter attack, but the defence, well led by Woody (again), snuffed most of them out, and Turns never really had a save to make in the 90 minutes. Spraggy continued to play as though he had been bribed by the opposition, as he first pushed Russ off the ball just after he'd managed to control the ball for the first time in the match (Russ wasn't best pleased!), and then he kicked a free kick straight out of play, but was saved from total embarrassment by ref, Lee Douglas, who made us retake it as he hadn't blown his whistle!! At the other end, we created a number of promising opportunities, with Phippsy forming a good partnership with Coatesy, but the final ball was either over hit or cut out by Westbury. On another day, Coatesy would probably have had a hat-trick, but he didn't have his shooting boots on (literally, as he kept complaining about his mouldeds!). We did have one scare 10 minutes from time when Westbury did manage to break away and score, but the goal was ruled out for offside, and the game finished 1-1. A good competitive Vets game, played in good spirit, but one which we should have won, although credit to Westbury for the way they defended over the 90 minutes.
Westbury Wanderers Report:
" A well earned draw with some good football played by both sides at times."