Newhaven entered Saturday’s match with confidence after last weeks opening win at home to Sidley.
There were three changes to the starting line up from last week with Naim Rouane coming in for the injured Luke Duchossoy and Simon Blaxall and Josh Tomkins replacing the unavailable Matt Harrison and Calum Burnett. Blaxall was making his debut for the club.
The Dockers started strongly and immediately enjoyed lots of possession using both wide areas and it wasn’t long before they opened the scoring when Damian Lambert found space in the left channel and beat the keeper from the edge of the box. (1-0, 7 mins).
The second soon followed when a deep free kick from Joe Mctiffen was turned past his keeper by the Westfield centre back (2-0, 16 mins).
Newhaven, in full flow by now, were threatening with every attack. The impressive Rouane linked up play intelligently and Blaxall and Whatman down both flanks were having the better of the fullbacks.
A fine move from back to front involving Tomkins, Mason, Lambert and Rouane ended with Whatman putting in a teasing cross from the left which the onrushing Blaxall met superbly only to be denied by the busy Westfield goalkeeper. The rebound found Bradley Keith on the edge of the area but he couldn’t get his shot in quick enough and the chance went.
Soon after on 34 minutes the score became 3-0 when Lambert got his second of the game after latching on to a forward header from Whatman.
3-0 at half time for the second week running was an excellent start but the scoring didn’t stop there and almost immediately from the kick off the Dockers won a corner and when Lambert swung it in from the left the Westfield keeper somehow palmed it into the net (4-0).
7 minutes later it was 5 and Lambert completed his hat-trick when his speculative effort found its way under the body of the keeper and trickled over the line.
With the game now comfortable Andy Cook was able to make changes and Jack Webber was introduced for the impressive Blaxall and Kieran Doherty made his debut at the expense of Bradley Keith in midfield. Phil Avenell also came on for James Whatman.
The Dockers continued to play some impressive football for the last half an hour with the defence staying strong and being lead by skipper Paul O’Donnell. Harry Stewart was largely untroubled in goal and was a spectator for most of the match. The rout was completed with 4 minutes to play when Lambert got his 4th after being played through by Rouane. As the keeper came out Lambert neatly placed it into the bottom corner.
Another very good performance from the Reserves sees them take maximum points from their first two games and sit second in the table on goal difference.
1) Harry Stewart
2) Joe Mctiffen
3) Josh Tomkins
4) Paul O’Donnell (c)
5) Jason Goddard
6) Tom Mason
7) Bradley Keith (Doherty)
8) Simon Blaxall (Webber)
9) Naim Rouane
10) Damian Lambert
11) James Whatman (Avenell)
12) Phil Avenell
14) Kieran Doherty
15) Jack Webber
16) Tom Stevenson
17) Paul Whitmore