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Westfields Get Off to a Losing Start Under New Manager

After a period of just under two weeks without a manager Westfields appointed former goalkeeping coach of Hereford FC, Scott Russell as Head Coach with former Hereford under 18s coach Dan Chance also joining as one of his assistants.

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Westfields Football Club would like to announce our new manager of our Menโ€™s 1st Team, welcome Scott Russell.

Read more here โžก๏ธโ€” Westfields FC (@Westfieldsfc1) October 4, 2023

โ€œI think the appointment is a good one, Iโ€™ve played under all of the new coaches when I was with Hereford and I think they know their stuff. The way they want to play is positive and looks good. They just need the time and trust to do what they are capable of,โ€ said the former Worcester City winger.

The appointment came after a mixed start to the season with four wins from the first nine games saw Westfields part ways with their former manager Phil Glover.

โ€œI think the decision came as a big shock to us players, we didnโ€™t start the season too badly, we just had a few poor results on the bounce against tough opposition,

 โ€œI think Glover did a lot more for the club than people realise and it is a shame it ended the way it did,โ€ stated Westfields player Archie Muirhead. 

In the first game under the management of Russell the Herefordshire side got off to a losing start as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to bottom of the league Wantage Town who picked up their first win of the season. 

โ€œThe result was shocking yet it was deserved. Our performance was not good enough to get anything out of the game. We had a lot of chances and should have scored a few but we did not so that is what you get,โ€ said Muirhead. 

In a season where Westfields had aspirations of finally getting promotion out of the Hellenic Premier League the club find themselves sat 13th in the league, 12 points off the top two and six points off the play-offs with 25 games remaining. 

The aim for the past few years at Westfields has been promotion. That has been hard to come by for the club with only one automatic promotion spot for first place and a play-off place for second. 

New rules have come into place this season where the teams from second to fifth battle in a football league style play-off. 

โ€œI think winning the league is out of reach but now the play offs are in place it is still on. All it takes is a good winning streak and you are back up in the mix,โ€ stated the former Hereford youngster. 

Russellโ€™s side will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they travel to 16th placed Brimscombe & Thrupp.

โ€œWe are short on players at the moment but no matter how many players we just have to give it everything to get something out of the game, it will be difficult away from home but we will give it our all,โ€ said the winger. 

A big performance is needed next Saturday from the Herefordshire side in order to get their push for promotion back on track. 

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