Fulham records first double over Westside
Westside came to Motspur Park with every intention to erase their heaviest defeat in any competitions this season so far, a 5 – 1 drubbing at home back in September.
The match started physically and with a lot of passion. All 50-50 balls were keenly fought over by both sides with no shrinking out of them. It was a quality half with a few chances gone begging by both sides.
Oliver Westbury came to Fulham Deaf's rescue twice flicking the ball to safety on both occasions when Westside broke through the middle of defence. John Docker controlled the back four superbly from the heart of defence.
Bim Ajadi and Nick Beese, hungry from the kick off, were a constant thorn to Westside with some excellent control of the ball and wide passes. Ben Lampert made some exciting runs down the wing to provide feeders to Richard Jeffers and Andrew Drury who were perhaps guilty of trying too hard to open the scoring with a few missed chances.
With half time looming, Ben Lampert collected a loose ball from a Westside poor clearance of Ayad Sarraf's cross and controlled it well to maintain possession. Lampert then moved forward and unleashed a swirling left foot drive from just outside the box. The ball sailed, as if in slow motion, into the top left corner of the net past the Westside ailing goal keeper.
With this well taken goal, Fulham Deaf rounded up for the half time team talk 1 – 0 up.
Ten minutes after the whistle blew for the second half, Drury came off with Mark Murphy getting on. Drury suffered a foot injury with a bloodied foot after getting stamped by a Westside opponent through his boot.
Murphy instantly became a pain to Westside's defence with some dazzling runs in unison with Lampert and Beese. Murphy's low 18 yards shot on the sixty-seventh minute was worthy of a goal only to be well parried over the post by the Westside's goal keeper for a corner.
In the space of two minutes, Neil Fox and Kevin Harewood came on for Ewan McGreevy and Richard Jeffers. The match continued to be played in an upbeat tempo and both sides showed hunger, either to equalise the match or to go further ahead.
Some late tackles crept into the match, which invariably added some frustration into the game. Lampert got needlessly booked for pulling back his opponent.
Westside wasted several chances to go ahead but Richard Parker was equal to his task in keeping a clean sheet. Fulham Deaf also was just as guilty in wasting some chances especially from Beese, Murphy and Harewood.
Despite the low score line, it was the best performance Fulham Deaf had produced all season with hunger, passion and commitment against several GB Christians international players in the Westside line up to record their first double of taking six points from Westside.
Final score Fulham DFC 1 – 0 Westside (half time 1 – 0)
Fulham Deaf FC Line up:
Parker, Westbury, Sarraf, Campbell, Docker, Drury (Murphy 55), Beese, Ajadi, Lampert, McGreevy (Fox 69), Jeffers (Harewood 71)
Fulham Deaf FC Manager