WESTFIELDS manager Phil Glover praised the fitness levels of his side as they scored twice in the last 21 minutes to be local rivals Hereford Lads Club.

After missing early chances Lads Club had come back into the tie until a final flourish for the hosts saw both Josh Hunt and Matt Macdonald score.

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"We know that we are fitter than most teams," said Glover.

"I haven't met a team this season that's fitter than us. We have lost a few but it wasn't about fitness but bad decisions on our part.

"We knew we would always come on strong in games. It's proving now the pitches are heavy and the lads are finishing games really well.

Fields had started the local derby clash brightly with both Hunt and Harrison Summers hitting the woodwork.

However, Lads Club came back into the game with Cameron Peters going close.

The sending off Olly Price on 65 minutes saw the momentum of the game change again.

"I was delighted with the first 20 minutes, I thought we started really well and could have been three or four goals up," added Glover.

"You do start to think if it's going to be your day when it hits the post and hits somebody on the ankle and goes out for a corner.

"I was really happy with the win. In a derby like this it's not about the performance too much but about getting the three points.

"They understood the importance of today without me saying anything.

"We knew they were going to give their all,

"Their workrate gives them a spell and unless you weather that and just stay firm.

"Sam Rawlings has made a tackle in the first half which is as good as a goal.

"That was totally against the run of play but you've got to make sure you're well drilled and don't get done by a sucker punch.

"In the second half we knew that Sam Plane and Olly Price were on bookings.

"We wanted to exploit that and give the referee a decision to make.

"When we swapped the lads over on the wings with Dan Stoneman and Harrison Summers it proved pivotal really.

"They kept going on the outside. Harrison and Cawley (Cox) have both been brilliant as 17 years olds coming in from Pegasus they have been brilliant.

"With Jamie Bird coming in and his quality it's not certain that Harrison is going to start, the same as Dan (Stoneman).

"That's what you want at clubs to make sure they are performing to stay in the side.

"It's a squad game and trying to get that over to the lads is hard at times but with people going out it will give somebody else a chance.

Marquee signing Jamie Bird was missing for the derby tie and was sat on the sidelines after picking up an injury with Glover hoping he is available to play at Hallen on Monday (January 3).

"Jamie was touch and go whether to play or be involved today," added Glover.

"We've looked at it and he will be back for Hallen next week."