The rain relented enough to allow a soft pitch to play host to a hard match. League-leaders Bosham, the visitors to the Parish Field, came away with all the spoils but only after a tough encounter that required a somewhat dubious penalty to separate the two sides. Aye, it was a good day.
At the end, the Westfield players slumped as if they’d lost a semi-final and missed out on Wembley. Bosham didn’t quite dance for delight but their reaction betrayed that they knew they’d passed a bloody tough examination. The men in yellow had had most of the ball, rattled the crossbar, forced saves and sent shots just wide. But then, with their smaller amount of possession, Bosham had threatened, shaken the woodwork and pressured the goal. Whilst Westfield had their first-half penalty turned down (rightly, it was outside the box), Bosham had theirs given (possibly correct but very soft). That was the difference.
This was, as ever, a very enjoyable visit to Westfield. The chat around the pitch alternated between acknowledgement that Chelsea have wrapped up the Premier League title and discussion about whether Bosham, a dozen levels below, have enough of a ground to see them promoted. That’s football for you.