WEST KIRBY EARN LOCAL BRAGGING RIGHTS
Black and white were the colours of victory on Saturday afternoon, as West Kirby emerged triumphant over Heswall in a tempestuous West Wirral derby.
This success was long overdue for a West Kirby team which has struggled badly to gain results in the early stages of 2013/14, losing all three of their home games prior to today.
West Kirby made four changes from the squad which was defeated by Ashville in midweek. Terry Cotgrave retained his captaincy.
Heswall also fielded a strong lineup, with star striker Ritchie Foulkes taking the captain’s armband for this high stakes encounter.
As expected, no quarter was given by either team for the entire match, with resolute defending, crunching tackles and only nineteen players remaining at the final whistle.
Watch the video for a full match report and post-match interview.
West Kirby 1 – 2 Ashville
(Rule) (Reynolds, Neill)
Video and match report by Tamhas Woods
While Ashville’s victory took them to the top of the West Cheshire Division One table, West Kirby were left staring at a third straight home defeat – having now failed to take a single point from nine on their home turf.
The hosts made a number of changes after the draw at Southport Trinity on Saturday with Terry Cotgrave taking the Captain’s armband.
West Kirby shaded the opening exchanges and but were restricted to just a few half chances by the resolute Ashville defence. After a good opening 20 minute spell from the home side, Ashville began to take greater control of proceedings.
Ashville took the lead just after the half-hour mark. Dylan Corrie was fouled by Liam Casey while on the attack and the subsequent free kick was whipped in expertly for Mike Reynolds to head home and open the scoring.
West Kirby were not deterred and made every effort to regain control of the match. Midfielders Ross Rule and Peter Leary continually combined to good effect to create some shooting opportunities. However, the attacks were consistently snuffed out by a solid Ashville defence and their goalkeeper Aaron Kinnear, who was in excellent form.
The early stages of the second half saw Ashville as the aggressors, creating a number of good chances as West Kirby began to struggle.
Ashville soon doubled their lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances – again from a free kick. Following a foul just outside the box, Ricci Neill hit a speculative effort low into the wall, deflecting past the unsighted Dave Peace for 2-0.
With certain defeat yet again looming for West Kirby, a fightback was desperately needed and they once more enjoyed a spell of good possession and slick play. Most notably, Ross Rule again used his excellent pace and vision to beat the offside trap but his efforts were cut short by Aaron Kinnear.
West Kirby did pull a goal back late in the game, but it would prove scant consolation. A free kick was won just outside the ‘D’ and when Aaron Kinnear failed to hold Terry Cotgrave’s strike, Ross Rule’s efforts were finally rewarded as he tapped home to halve the deficit.
Ashville held out with relative comfort, although West Kirby had fervent claims for a penalty just a couple of minutes before the final whistle.
This latest setback for West Kirby represented their third successive home defeat of the 2013-2014 season and also left them searching for that vital first win.
Meanwhile, Ashville’s victory saw them storm to the top of the West Cheshire Division 1, albeit having played a game more than the chasing pack.
Referee: Peter Gibbon
Linesmen: Kenneth Taylor, William Cummings