Legends light up Westfield!
6:22pm, Sun 22nd Apr 2012
Westfield Vets 1 Woking Legends 8
Charity Match held in aid of Woking Hospice and The Mayor of Woking’s Charities
Sunday 22nd April 2012
Superb entertainment, both on and off the pitch, was served up at the plush Woking Park facilities of Westfield FC as memories came flooding back of the Chapple glory days. A team of Woking legends took on some of the past heroes of the amber and blacks, and demonstrated that, even at their great age, ball skill and class never diminishes. The atmosphere experienced at the final league game at Kingfield, and the partying beyond, extended to a fantastic family day- out on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Mike Smith on behalf of Woking FC proudly displayed the Blue Square South Champions Trophy in the centre of the clubroom, whilst Steve Perkins, Richard Hill and the back room team at Westfield buzzed around providing welcoming hospitality for an excellent crowd of around the 400 mark.
On the pitch the Woking legends outplayed Westfield for much of the game with quality possession football and started with a sprightly spring in the step, not that this lasted long for some. Westfield however had their chances and several players stood out with some fine performances.
Tim Buzaglo, who’s “knees are not what they used to be” started in goal, a position he now plays for GC Weysiders third team; Scott Smith only lasted 17 minutes before he was replaced by Rob Hollingdale, but Scott did re-appear for the second half replacing Tim in goal and demonstrated a ‘safe pair of hands’; and the Mulvaney brothers, Paul and Mick, sported bleach-blond hair to add to the carnival spirit.
There were many faces from the past in the crowd, ex-supporters and ex-players alike; the amiable Trevor Baron was not able to play; Alan Morton and Johnny Adams professed that they didn’t want to be injured and miss their golf match next week; and Richard Hill, the Westfield president was busy with his match day duties.
The opening salvo saw Woking maintain some slick passing and possession but they were unable to penetrate a resolute Westfield defence with Ian Cable at its heart. John Cassidy, was determined as ever at right back, his booming directions barked at his compatriots, urged his side forward, but the opening 15 minutes did not see a genuine attempt on goal from either side.
Shortly after this, however, Scott Smith had a long range effort held by keeper Geoff Smyrke at full stretch, and moments later the influential Keiran Chilton set up the burly Martin Powell for what seemed a certain goal, only for Tim Buzaglo to gather well at the near post. Minutes later the same ‘Field player sent a curling drive inches over the bar.
With Scott Steele buzzing and jinking, and forming a brilliant partnership with Aidan Kilner, the pair started to scythe their way through the amber defence. Kilner was inches wide with a shot, Steele had an angled drive well saved, and inevitably it was Scottie who earned, and scored the first goal in the 23rd minute. Lloyd Wye passed to Steele just inside the box, and as the Scotsman jinked around Ian Cable, the defender brought him down. Scott converted the penalty kick with ease for the game’s opener.
Two minutes later David Timothy surged into the box, beating two or three players with some brilliant individual play and touched a short pass to Scott Steele who drove home from short range to make it 2-0 to Woking.
On the half hour a good cross by Westfield’s right back, Barry Taylor, was met the unmarked Martin Powell who headed over the bar. He should have scored.
Two minutes later Paul Mulvaney set up Aidan Kilner to run in from the left and unleash an unstoppable drive to make it 3-0.
This did not deter Westfield who immediately hit back with Dave Powell curling his effort inches wide of the upright, but masters of the counter attack, Woking, increased their lead when a perfect Andy Ellis cross was met by Scott Steele to score with a looping header into the top corner. Woking 4-0 up.
On 36 minutes, the impressive Aidan Kilnar picked up the ball in midfield, steadied himself, and drove a rasping and dipping shot past the despairing keeper from fully thirty yards to make it 5-0 to the Legends.
On 42 minutes ‘Field nearly pulled a goal back when Dave Powell, set-up Jimmy Clark to send a scorching drive inches wide of the upright with Timmy Buzz looking justifiably concerned.
Half-time: Westfield 0 Woking 5
The second half saw plenty of substitutions. For Woking, Scott Smith replaced Buzaglo in goal with the latter moving back to his traditional forward role; Mick Mulvaney, replaced brother Paul; and Derek Brown replaced David Timothy. For Westfield all four subs came on to re-jig the defensive line-up.
In the opening minutes Derek Brown showed why he was such important part of Woking’s glorious past linking play with Lloyd Wye and Tim Buzaglo and finishing with an angled shot that almost crept under the crossbar. On 52 minutes the Maidenhead United assistant manager showed his silky skills to put Mick Mulvaney clear in acres of space and only the keeper to beat, but Smyrke narrowed the angle well and Mulvaney’s directed effort went inches wide.
On 56 minutes the ‘Amber and Blacks’ upped the tempo and substitute Tim Irvine had a powerful drive blocked on the penalty spot by the body of Kevan Brown. A minute later Kieran Chilton produced the goal of the game when he received the ball 40 yards out, took three paces, and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net to make it 5-1.
In the 67th minute Scott Steele on the left of the box produced an inch-perfect pass which dropped into the path of Mick Mulvaney, who looked up and measured a firm chip into the back of the net to restore the five goal margin.
Four minutes later Tim Buzaglo found himself in wide open space in front of goal and confidently sauntered up for a one-on-one with the keeper, but he edged his shot off of the outside of the post, reminiscent of a similar attempt against Everton at Goodison Park!
On 73 minutes Kieran Chiltern nearly added a Westfield second, his brilliant edge of box effort, deserving a goal but flying inches wide, and ten minutes later Chilton turned provider as Irvine raced through to shoot firmly, but just wide. Just a minute later Mick Mulvaney tapped to Andy Ellis whose goal line pass was pulled back for Scott Steele to sweep in his fourth goal. Woking Legends were now 7-1 up.
In the closing minutes Andy Ellis set up Tim Buzaglo, who in the old days would have buried the effort, but today he saw his shot parried by the keeper, and moments later Scott Steele put Rob Hollingdale through baring down on goal, but as he tried to dribble past the keeper the ball rebounded out to Andy Ellis who calmly slotted home, to make the final score of 8-1.
A thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch-time entertainment was had by one and all and demonstrates that Woking really is a Family of Football, as players and supporters of both clubs, savoured memories of past and talked about the present.
Please give generously to both Woking Hospice and the Mayor of Woking’s charities.
Westfield: Geoff Smyrke, Barry Taylor, Steve Wisdom, John Cassidy, Steve Wilding, Martin Powell, Ian Cable, Jimmy Clark, Dave Powell, Kieran Chilton, Rod Stuart
Subs used: Mick Robson, Dave Drinkwater, Graham Pope, Tim Irvine
Scorer: Kieran Chilton 57’
Woking: Tim Buzaglo (Scott Smith HT’), Dave Timothy (Derek Brown HT’), Lloyd Wye, Kevan Brown, Mark Tucker, Ian Selley, Paul Mulvaney (Mick Mulvaney HT’), Andy Ellis, Aidan Kilner (Tim Buzaglo HT’), Scott Smith (Rob Hollingdale 17’), Scott Steele
Scorers: Scott Steele 23’ pen, 25’, 33’, Aidan Kilner 32’, 36’, Mick Mulvaney 67’, Andy Ellis 89’