Purton dazzles in win over Gosnells
IN round 19 of the State League Division 1 competition, Western Knights faced Gosnells City SC.
The Knights came away with a 2-0 win although it was not as emphatic as their previous encounter.
The opening of the game was relatively even, with both sides struggling to test the goalkeepers .
Halfway through the first half, Gosnells had their best chance of the game but a brilliant reflex save by Sam Hutchings prevented the Knights from falling behind.
Western Knights had an opportunity to take the lead as Jamie Ricks slipped the ball to Paul Lloyd past the defenders ,but his shot was saved.
The deflected ball rebounded to Ricks, whose shot was also saved.
Five minutes before the end of the half, Steve Purton went on a dazzling run, dribbling straight through the entire Gosnells team.
As he approached the box, he composed himself to slide the ball into the side netting.
Lloyd continued to find space and cause havoc on the wing throughout the second half.
His first cross found Purton in the box but the header narrowly missed.
Immediately after that chance, Gosnells won a free kick.
The curling shot missed all the players and Hutchings was forced to pull off a reflex save to prevent the equaliser and keep the clean sheet.
Western Knights were finally rewarded for their efforts down Lloyd’s wing when Ricks headed home the second goal of the game.
While Gosnells did push to reduce the deficit, Western Knights finished the game with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The victory was definitely needed after the disappointing loss in the previous round.
With only a few games remainingit will be interesting to see how high the Knights can climb up the ladder.