Hat-trick hero Hamid inspires Deeping Rangers victory
Deeping Rangers striker Mohammed Hamid scored a hat-trick on Saturday as his side smashed UCL Premier Division strugglers Northampton Sileby Rangers 6-0.
Rangers seem to like Fernie Fields as on their last visit they scored seven and this visit could have seen a higher score had they taken a few more of the numerous chances they created.
With the wind at their backs Deeping were quickly on the offensive and raining attempts on the home goal.
Ben Lewis fed Mohammed Hamid who in turn released Jezz Goldson-Williams whose optimistic effort wasted the opportunity when a pass to Hamid or Jordan Avis would have been the better option.
A Hamid corner saw Sileby’s Hussein Mohammed’s attempted clearance slice goalwards forcing stopper Quincy Shorunmu into a scrambling save.
Hamid and Goldson-Williams were proving a handful for the home defence with Scott Ginty playing them into dangerous positions.
Hamid almost gave Rangers the lead when he chipped over the advancing Shorunmu only to see the ball hit retreating defender Danny Pownall and fall into the hands of the keeper.
Having dominated, Deeping almost went behind when Michael Byrne had a free header from Elliot Dent’s corner but he was wide. Byrne then got a touch to Dan Dineen’s ball into the box that had visiting keeper Danny Bircham getting down low to tip away.
This was a good spell for the home side and Karabo Motshweni had a chance as he got into the visitors’ box only to be thwarted by a good challenge from Tom Smith.
Deeping wasted several chances and had a penalty shout turned down.
Rangers finally made the breakthrough on 40 minutes. Ben Lewis split the home defence to find Hamid in behind the defensive line and he made no mistake as he slotted past Shorunmu.
Hamid was almost in again, he went past four defenders only to be halted by an interception by Ryan Cottingham.
Deeping came out on the attack as the second half progressed and doubled their lead on 47 minutes. Goldson-Williams’ run was halted by a foul by Danny Pownall’s and from the free kick Hamid struck a perfect kick that clipped the underside of the bar and into the net giving Shorunmu no chance.
The home side responded and Dineen’s cross was flicked on by Byrne where Stuart McMichael’s shot was well blocked by Smith.
Hamid turned creator, he got to the goal line to pull back for Goldson-Williams to strike – his first effort was blocked but he hammered the rebound past the helpless home keeper on 52 minutes for 3-0.
Hamid was showing his skill, he jinxed his way past three challenges only to shoot wide and again he turned provider – he pulled back to Ben Lewis who miss-kicked the first effort but smashed home on the second effort on 62 minutes.
On 70 minutes Jordan Avis got to Smith’s through ball, advanced into the home box before slotting in the far corner for the fifth of the game. Avis nearly added to the tally, he collected from Matt Sparrow, withstood several challenges and released a shot that warmed the hands of Shorunmu.
Hamid wrapped up his hat-trick nine minutes from time when he took a pass from Sparrow, ran at the home defence taking on four defenders before smashing home inside the far post to complete a fine performance.
Sileby: Quincy Shorunmu, Ryan Cottingham, Danny Pownall, Chris Logan, Dan Dineen, Karabo Motshweni (Dominic Okanu), Hussein Mohammed, Elliott Dent, Michael Byrne (Jimi Emefuna), Stuart McMichael, Lance Allen (Randy Bonjanga).
Deeping: Danny Bircham, Dan Flack, Tom Smith, Spencer Tinkler, Joe Braithwaite, David Burton-Jones, Ben Lewis (Connor Pilbeam), Scott Ginty (Tom Palmer), Jezz Goldson-Williams (Matt Sparrow), Mohammed Hamid, Jordan Avis.