Season 2018/19 Starts with a Goal Fest!

Woolwich Spartans lift the first cup of the season

Woolwich Spartans lift the first cup of the season

Woolwich Spartans are handed the A & H International Cup by League Chairman Dave Fone

Woolwich Spartans are handed the A & H International Cup by League Chairman Dave Fone

Woolwich Spartans got the 2018-19 season off to a great start with a Cup win in the Annual Sportsmanship Match, the A & H International Cup which sees the Sportsmanship Winners play a team of Referees. The last couple of seasons has seen a relatively close game with it going to penalties 2 years ago and the Refs team winning the cup last season. Defence was also going to be in issue from as early as 10am, when the team consisted of just 8 players. By 1030 they had 10, but no goalkeeper to League Secretary Jase Verrillo was drafted in as an emergency keeper. The first 20 minutes or so was a quite close contest with Woolwich Spartans scoring twice but Ross Mortimer pulling one back for the refs. From here is was all Woolwich Spartans and they scored another 4 times in the first half as their attacks went through the Referees defence like a hot knife through butter and Jase Verrillo kept the score to single figures despite one glaring mistake. The second half started as the first half did with the Refs team battling well, but again the defensive frailties were clearly evident as the game finished with every Spartans player on the scoresheet barring the goalkeeper, while for the refs only Tarik Amari and Dave Hooker went close to scoring in the second half. 14-1 the final score. 

The afternoon game saw League Winners Welling Town A play Plumstead Challenge Cup winners Bayswater RK, in the Pat Tansley Memorial Cup. A close well fought and feisty game ensued with both teams going close in a goalless first half. 10 minutes into the second half and a Welling forward was fouled on the edge of the area, and as referee Chris Bowdery gave the free kick, Assistant Referee Les Sweetapple indicated the foul was inside the box and the penalty was given. Up stepped Tony Robinson to dispatch the kick beyond the despairing dive of the Bayswater keeper. Welling were now looking the stringer of the two teams, however chances still fell the way of Bayswater. In the 75th minute WESFA history was made by Anthony Schnell for all the wrong reasons, as he became the first player to be "sin binned" in a competitive WESFA match after complaining about a decision which actually went his way! Welling Town used this to their advantage and 3 minutes later Tony Robinson nodded in his second of the game from close range, and in the 80th minute Lewis Oduku beat the offside trap to score the third to ensure Welling Town A lift the Pat Tansley Cup.