It was a game of two halves when Fulham DFC beat rivals Westside FC in a festive friendly. With both teams wanting to keep up match fitness throughout the Christmas break, this friendly was a great test to see where both teams were at this point in the year.

Both teams entered the game with a lot of momentum as both teams had winning and unbeaten runs in their respective cups and league.

Fulham’s first half was not pretty at all, mistakes were made that would not be made in other matches. Case in point, Westside’s first and only goal was an ambitious half-way line attempt that caught out keeper Sam Kemp. Westside almost made it two when a later shot rattled the crossbar.

The second half was a much notable improvement, Tom Collard getting Fulham off to a good start when he tapped in from a Lee Farrell shot. Farrell followed up with a goal of his own when he capitalised on a goal keeper fumble to give Fulham the lead in the match.

Farrell also turned provider when he set up a goal for Jacob Willis. After bringing down a long ball from Andrew Kenward, Farrell played Willis through for a simple one on one opportunity which he promptly put away.

With Fulham establishing a solid lead, their build up play was more patient, a trait that was seen in Nick Gregory’s goal as Fulham built from the back and worked their way forward with passes.

Despite simply being a friendly fixture, Fulham will be pleased to end 2015 on a high. With team spirit and morale at high levels, the only challenge for Fulham is to make sure 2016 starts and finishes in the same manner