Sodbury suffer home defeat to league leaders

December 22 2018

Westbury arrived at the Ridings in second place in the league, and after a comprehensive 4-1 win returned home top of the table. They stay unbeaten so far this season, winning 14 and drawing 2

In atrocious weather conditions both teams struggled to get to grips with the elements but it was the home side that dealt better with the swirling wind and driving rain in the first quarter.  

Sodbury opened the scoring on 12 minutes when, after some fine build up play by George Box, the ball broke to Harvey Baker who found the top corner of the Westbury net from the edge of the area.  

Not for the first time this season a red card changed the course of a match for Sodbury. Having dominated the opening half an hour Ross Grimshaw, standing in for Sheppard in goal, had a rush of blood to the head. He confronted an oncoming Westbury forward and his clumsy challenge on the edge of the box was deemed to be a ‘last man’ offence by the official who gave the hapless keeper his marching orders.  Midfielder Dan Dempsey took over between the posts and 

Sodbury were left to see out the remaining 58 minutes a man down. 

Sodbury’s lead was cancelled out after 59 minutes when Jamie Jordan fired in from 25 yards. The home side battled hard to maintain parity but their resistance was broken 20 minute later when Dan Kovacs headed home from 6 yards out from a corner. Following a series of Westbury corners new signing Dan Price added a third with another header.

Sodbury created a couple of excellent chances to reduce the deficit, but they were undone when the ball broke to Westbury’s Callum Damkiv from a Sodbury corner. With all but one of the home defenders pushed forward, Damkiv broke free from his marker on half way and rounded Dempsey before scoring Westbury’s fourth.

Sodbury dropped one place to 13th with Westbury taking over at the top and maintaining their unbeaten record. 

The result was a setback for Sodbury after a couple of wins away from home.

The first was against Odd Down, coming on the back of a cup defeat for Sodbury against Shepton Mallet. They produced one of the best performances of the season and came away with all three points following a fine 2-0 win.  An own goal was followed by a decider from the returning George Box who had taken a few weeks out to recharge his batteries. 

Odd Down were above them in the table, but Sodbury also took three points from relegation candidates Hengrove.  After going a goal down, Sodbury fought back with George Box equalising and Joe White adding the winner.