Four-goal Fender hits the right note for Roffey’s Christmas number one

Roffey's Devon Fender on the ball in their comfortable win at Westfield
Roffey's Devon Fender on the ball in their comfortable win at Westfield

Devon Fender hit the right note to ensure a Christmas number one for Roffey as he netted four goals in their 5-0 demolition of seventh-placed Westfield on Saturday.

The Division 2 leaders retained top spot as they returned from their long journey with a well-deserved three points.

Roffey manager Julian Miller revealed that his players responded to a half-time hammering to crash all five goals in the second half and also heaped praise on topscorer Fender.

He said: “After a poor first-half performance, the team responded to a half-time berating and turned on a fantastic second-half display.

“We blew Westfield away and gained the three points which are very hard to get at Westfield because of the long journey.

“It was a good reaction to a poor first half and was pleasing to see. Chairman Dave Jeal stated before the season that he wanted a 30-goal striker this year, but I don’t think he expected 34 from Dev by Christmas.”

The team struggled in the first half to play on a pitch that was not the best for playing football. However, after a couple of near misses from both sides the half was pretty uneventful and closed scoreless.

During the half-time break the Roffey management team stated many features of the performance were not good enough and demanded more from the players and sent them out to put things right.

Straight from the kick-off a long ball was needlessly put out for a corner immediately putting Roffey under pressure. The corner was cleared with a towering header from Duncan Hirschfield which Ben Chowney won with a strong tackle in midfieldand passed three Westfield players before playing Fender in, he drew the keeper and shot across him into the far corner.

The second goal came after 61 minutes from a set piece when a corner routine was finished with a volley at the far post from Matt Rendell after a cross from Chris Copestake.

Now Roffey were starting to dominate the game and were creating chance after chance. Fender scored his second when Gavin Fowler won another tackle in the centre circle and again sent him away and he finished well.

Patrick O’Sullivan was then introduced for his first team debut and he immediately had a couple of chances, the first was well saved and the second flashed into the side netting after a fantastic team move.

Fender then scored two more goals both created by Copestake with fantastic through balls and both taking around the keeper and rolled into an empty net.

Roffey: Coles, Awcock, Rendell, Hirschfield, Simester, Fowler, Munday, Chowney, Copestake, Fender, Nourse (O’Sullivan 65).

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