The last time I went to Westfield I ended up at a caravan park cursing my SatNav. This time, suitably prepared, I knew exactly which hedge to drive through to get to the Parish Field home of the Westies. Their visitors, Billingshurst (who have the unlikely nickname of “Hurst” according to Wikipedia) had made the arduous journey from West Sussex for this game in what is no longer called the Sussex County Football League. They made their way back having achieved the unusual feat at this level of playing a game and neither scoring nor conceding any goals.
When I arrived Westfield were focusing their warm up on getting the keeper to dominate the box and then set up an attack. Billingshurst similarly had a defensive focus in much of their play. The result was a hard game with few very clear openings. The visitors did hit the bar and there were occasional glimpses of attacking potential but the match never really settled and neither team had any spell where you could say they were dominating. A draw was a fair result. Nil nil a reflection of the teams’ desires to be solid.
But if the game wasn’t great it was still a pleasure to attend. October hasn’t yet turned wintry and the afternoon sun was pleasant. A few good chats were had and it was good to catch up with the Hastings Observer correspondent whose Saturdays are spent chasing sport across his paper’s dominion. I hope his SatNav never sends him into the wrong hedge.
Westfield will be pleased to have arrested a three match losing run; Billingshurst looked disappointed at the end and will expect to stay above their hosts in the table throughout the season. I expect to be back in the future. And, next time, I expect goals.