A goal from Tommy Jackson was enough for Weare United to pick up 3-points against Newbury Forest Sunday in the Essex Sunday Combination Football League at Fairlop Oak Playing Fields.
The visitors dominated much of the possession in each half but struggled to get through a strong Newbury Forest defence while the hosts struggled to take advantage of the possession they had.
The victory moved Weare United into 5th and level on points with Belfry Sunday and Global while the loss for Newbury Forest Sunday kept them 7th in the Division but still 5-points ahead of FC Leytonstone.
From the first minute, Weare were on the front foot as the number 11 had two efforts on goal but both were well saved by the Newbury keeper. The hosts dealt with the early pressure well and along found themselves in on goal as their number 3 intercepted the ball in the middle of the park but his pass was cut out before it could reach it designated target.
The hosts found a small foothold in the game as they came forward. The 15 ran onto a loose ball but ran over the ball before he could collect it in his stride and Weare were able to clear. Minutes later, the 15 received the ball in plenty of space but his first time effort was just over the bar. With Forest not making the most of their possession and chances, it was Weare’s turn to press the oppositions goal. The keeper pulled off a superb save to deny the visitors, with the resulting corner finding the edge of the box but the effort was fired over.
Weare’s energetic 11 certainly looked more like scoring the opening goal as he got onto the ball. He dribbled beyond the defence but dragged his shot just wide before he fired a shot across the face of goal from a tight angle, but weren’t able to beat the keeper. As the game approached half-time, there were shouts for a penalty from the hosts as the 15 went down but the referee ignored the shouts. 8-minutes later, Forest came close once again as a free-kick was fired just over the bar.
With 5-minutes to play in the first half, Weare pressed the Newbury Forest goal as they sought the opener. Their 10 struck toward goal but the keeper tipped his effort round the post before the resulting corner just missed the head of an attacker on the line and another shot was blocked. The last effort of the half came from the visitors as the ball was whipped towards goal but the 4’s header was off target.
Both sides made an encouraging start to the second half but it was Weare that came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second period; the 7’s shot was saved at the near post.
Both sides battled well in midfield and had chances on goal; Newbury’s 6 has a shot from distance but his effort is wide of the target before the 7 almost makes an instant impact after coming on as he ran through on goal but the shot was blocked while Weare’s number 7 ran through down the other end but he scuffed his shot.
The visitors wondered how they weren’t ahead in the 70th-minute. The 14 does well to hold off three defenders before feeding the ball to the 15, who cut the ball across to the 7 but his shot from close range was over the bar, Minutes later, a shot from the visitors was fired over the bar.
With less than 10-minutes to play, the deadlock was finally broken with Weare taking the lead. Weare’s 14 sent the ball into the path of Tommy Jackson who finished well. A couple of minutes later, Weare almost had a second as the goalscorer fed the ball into 11 but his shot was deflected inches wide of the post. The hosts had another chance in the final minute of the game as they looked to kill off the match but the 11 had two chances, with both efforts going wide.
As the game entered injury-time, Newbury Forest got foot to ball and looked to find a late equaliser. The 6 launches a free-kick towards goal but his effort was just over the bar before the 6 had the hosts best chance of the game as he was played through but his effort was fired wide.