Stamford Lions win 10-0 against Scamblesby in Lincolnshire Junior Cup clash
Stamford Lions recorded their biggest win of the season when they thumped East Lincs Combination side Scamblesby 10-0 in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup on Saturday.
The third round match was moved to the Empingham Road playing fields where a thick fog covered most of the ground.
It was a three-hour round trip for Scamblesby and, with the sun just starting to clear enough of the fog, the game was given the go-ahead.
Lions wasted no time as within the opening minute Luke Ball put the home side ahead as he headed home a deep cross.
Ball then became provider on 10 minutes as he rifled a low drive across the box and into the path of Dan Aust who slotted his shot into the top corner.
Lions looked fired up as they surged forward in contrast to the visitors who were resembling a side that didn’t want to be there.
Ball neatly controlled a long ball before calmly slotting past the keeper to make it 3-0 within 15 minutes and the signs of a thrashing was looking likely.
Neil Speck headed home a corner before Kieran Duffy-Weekes blasted in from 20 yards as Lions notched five goals within the opening half-an-hour.
The fog that had started to lift at kick-off was now returning but there was no reprieve for Scamblesby as Lions continued the relentless attack.
Tom Edwards was felled in the area and soon jumped to his feet to convert the resulting penalty before he struck again with a low drive into the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time to give Lions a 7-0 lead.
Speck added his second five minutes after the restart before James Betts scored his first goal for the club with a long range effort that curled into the top corner.
Ball sealed his hat trick as he burst through the weary defence and rounded the keeper before tapping into an empty net to finish the scoring at double figures and secure Lions' place in the quarter-finals.
Manager James Sheehan commented: "You don’t know how it’s going to go when you're playing a side you know nothing about and with the change in pitch and then the weather conditions.
"We can look back now on a very convincing and comfortable win but that was because the lads set off at a fast pace and took the early chances.
"Ultimately we are very pleased with the win and now we look forward to another important cup match this Saturday against Oundle Town."
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