Wasps heading for cup final
The whistle blew and the heavens opened right on cue. God said: Let there be storm, passion and football!" The mighty Spartans had come to do battle and crush the underdog league 2 Wasps, write Trevor Nolan.
The whistle blew and the heavens opened right on cue. God said: "Let there be storm, passion and football!" The mighty Spartans had come to do battle and crush the underdog league 2 Wasps. Thirteen heroes from West Hill, obeyed the command and gave every last ounce of yellow and black passion to overthrow the raiding Spartans. The wind favoured the hosts in the first half but both teams contested the ball, scrapping hard for possession and dominance. The visitors opened their account in the 15th minute, their pacy striker latching on to a deflected ball, finishing clinically. The game ebbed and flowed and, in the 27th minute, a yellow and black sortie came up against a barrage of blue. The visitors cleared their lines but the ball fell to Luke Iddon loitering on the edge of the box. He struck a left foot peach of a curling ball to score in the corner. The hosts were jubilant. The half ended 1-1 with nothing between the two sides. From the restart the Spartans enjoyed a good 10 minute spell but the Wasps' defensive quartet, Sam Carden, Leo Jones, Calum McConnachie skippered by 'man possessed' Mark Woolley, defended with true grit. Midfielders Richard Harvey, Harry Nolan and Jack Holmes inspired by 'man on a mission' Alex Dunn, turned the game around, forcing the Spartans onto the back foot. Despite the torrid conditions, the Wasps played the better football of the half with some excellent approach play. Jason Pope and Cory Simpson up front carved open several decent chances, Jack Holmes narrowly missed a goal and the eventual pressure paid off for the Wasps. With eight minutes of the game remaining, Alex Dunn lobbed the keeper from wide midfield, putting the hosts into a 2-1 lead. The Spartans made a last five minute effort to equalise but were unable to deny the hosts thanks to Man of the Match sweeper-keeper John Buckland who had been in great form throughout the whole game, sweeping up most if not all the long balls from 'over the top'.On the day, the weather conditions prevented any silky smooth football but the West Hill team truly deserve their place in the final for a memorable performance of true passion and determinationScorers - Luke Iddon, Alex Dunn.Squad - John Buckland, Sam Carden, Alex Dunn, Richard Harvey, Luke Iddon, Jack Holmes, Leo Jones, Calum McConnachie, Harry Nolan, Jason Pope, James Randall, Cory Simpson, Mark Woolley.