Westland Sports v Weymouth reserves

3pm  25 October 2014

Dorset Premier League
Westland Sports 1 Weymouth reserves 1 (att 38)

I was heading to Parley Sports after the morning game at Bristol Rovers training ground, but the city's traffic was crawling so I opted instead for a closer destination, in Yeovil.

I last visited Westland Sports, at Alvington Lane, in May 2012. At the end of that season they were, in effect, evicted from the main pitch by Yeovil Town, who wanted to have it exclusively for first team training.

As a result, Westland were forced to drop out of the Dorset Premier League, but two seasons later they have returned to step seven football and have turned their current pitch into a acceptable venue.

That said, it's crazy that to get from the changing rooms to the pitch players have to cross an immaculate enclosed ground, that's not used for matches.

The surface on Westland's new pitch isn't quite as good as their former one, but it's still decent. The playing area is enclosed, there's dugouts and a few pitch-side advertising hoardings.

Back in May 2012 I watched Westland score 18 times against a hapless Swanage side, but there was far less goalmouth action this time.

In a largely scrappy game Westland went ahead in the first half. It looked as if the one goal would win it, especially when Weymouth were reduced to 10 men following a straight red card with about 15 minutes remaining. But sloppy play by the hosts allowed Weymouth to level with six minutes to go. Overall a draw was probably a fair result.











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