WESTFIELDS manager Phil Glover said his players know where they need to improve and will continue to work ahead of this Bank Holiday derby tie with Hereford Lads Club.

Westfields were pipped 1-0 at home last Saturday in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup when visiting Coventry United scored the solitary goal to put them through against a hard-working ‘Fields side.

Westfields suffered a pre-match blow as strikers Aidan Thomas and Richard Greaves were both ruled out with injuries but new signing Josh Hunt from Evesham United along with Harrison Summers both worked hard in the front line for Westfields, but could not score a vital goal.

In an even first half both sides worked hard but it was Westfields who had perhaps the better of the opening stages with a couple of gilt-edged chances which fell to Josh Hunt and then to Dan Stoneman who fired inches wide of the upright after a dazzling run.

Coventry United, currently top of the East Midlands League, looked lively and twice Ian Havard dealt with difficult situations in the Westfields goal but the sides changed round at the interval goal-less.

In the second half again there was little to choose between the two sides but early on Coventry United broke the deadlock when Riley O’Sullivan struck home a superb shot from the edge of the penalty area, which gave Ian Havard no chance in the home goal, to put the visitors ahead.

Westfields came back into the game but could not break down a strong Coventry rear guard, and throwing everything forward in the final 10 minutes Stoneman put over a superb cross, but this wasn’t met by a ‘Fields shirt.

In a late flurry, Westfields forced three corners in an effort to force a replay, but Coventry held out for a 1-0 away win and a place in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup.

Manager Phil Glover said he could “never be happy about any kind of defeat”, but there were “plenty of positives” from Saturday’s performance.