Kieran Duffy-Weekes hits a hat-trick as Stamford Lions beat Parson Drove in the Peterborough League Premier Division
Stamford Lions backed up last week's 4-1 win over title contenders Netherton with a 5-0 demolition of a much-fancied Parson Drove side in Saturday's Peterborough League Premier Division clash at the ALH Recruitment Stadium.
Drove came into the top flight as Division One champions and have bolstered their side with several players stepping down from higher leagues but were blown away by a very much in-form Stamford side.
Jake Showler had the first sight of goal within a minute as he burst clear of the high defensive line and raced towards goal only to pull his shot inches wide of the upright.
Five minutes later he sped away again but this time a fierce low strike slammed into the side netting.
Lions had started at a blistering pace, one that Drove were struggling to cope with, and that was evident when again Showler was a threat and, as he burst into the area, he was hauled down from behind and a penalty was rightfully awarded.
Tom Edwards stepped up and slammed his spot kick past the keeper.
Lions were totally dominant and, when Luke Ball cut in from the right hand side, he was tripped as he raced into the box and a second penalty followed.
This time Edwards was denied by a fine save low to the keeper's right-hand side.
Lions had created several good opportunities but, with the missed penalty, had failed to extend the 1-0 lead.
Drove grew into the match and their passing game started to pin Lions back.
Some slick passing opened up an opportunity but keeper John Swales charged from his line and blocked a one-on-one to preserve the slender lead.
The game was now end-to-end with Lions continuing to look dangerous on the counter while Drove were enjoying far more possession than the early stages of the game.
With ten minutes of the half remaining, once again, Showler showed off his blistering pace and, as he ran around the defender, he was bought down on the edge of the box.
Kieran Duffy-Weekes arched the resulting free-kick around the wall into the bottom corner and the lead was doubled.
Duffy-Weekes was starting to pull the strings in the middle of the park and it wasn’t long until he added his second goal and a third for Lions when he finished off a low cross cut across the box with a first-time shot that found the bottom corner.
What was a bad half for the visiting side got considerably worse when Showler was clattered from behind with a thunderous late challenge.
The defender was already on a caution from an earlier foul and the referee had no option but to show a second yellow and send the player off leaving Drove at half-time with a 3-0 deficit and a man less.
Stamford were not going to let their visitors back in the game and Duffy-Weekes sealed a hat-trick for himself 10 minutes after the restart.
Another neat finish saw him score from close range after some excellent build-up play opened up the defence before Showler rolled the ball across the six-yard box for an easy conversion.
Showler had had a hand in all four previous goals so it was worthy for him to smash home a fifth on the hour as he shifted the ball onto his left foot and rifled an unstoppable shot into top corner.
With a 5-0 lead and playing against 10 men, Lions enjoyed plenty of control in the final quarter of the match but, despite several half chances, they didn’t extend the lead.
To the credit of the visiting team, Parson Drove never gave up and worked hard to prevent Lions getting many more chances.
Lions manager James Sheehan said: "This is obviously a fantastic result for the club.
"We felt it was important that we proved last week was not some fluke and again we set a very fast tempo and it was a pleasure to watch.
"As good as a result it is though, we only get the same amount of points as if it was a scrappy 1-0 win.
"We have been excellent for the last two games, but the tests will come when the form dips and you need to dig out results.
"No-one is getting over excited. We've had two very good wins which we are pleased with but there's lots of hard work still to come."
Lions: Swales, Gove, Kelly, Sheehan, Aust, Rice, Walton, Duffy-Weekes, Ball, Edwards, Showler. Subs used: Fearns, Speck, Theodore.
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