Stamford Lions defeat Holbeach United Reserves in Peterborough League Premier Division clash
Stamford Lions bounced back from their cup defeat last week with an emphatic 6-0 win away at Holbeach United Reserves on Saturday.
Tom Edwards grabbed a hat-trick with Luke Ball scoring a brace and Kieran Duffy-Weekes firing in a goal of the season contender to help Lions move up to third in the Peterborough League Premier Division table.
Edwards opened the scoring as early as the 10th minute when his powerful header deflected off a defender and flew into the top corner.
His second came only five minutes later courtesy of a penalty as Ball broke clear of the Holbeach defence and was brought down from behind in the area and Edwards dispatched the spot kick.
Holbeach responded by surging players forward and Lions goalkeeper John Swales needed to be at his best to palm away a fierce low shot.
The game was end-to-end as both sides knew the importance of the next goal and Swales was kept busy dealing with several inswinging corners while Lions continued to look dangerous breaking forward.
With less than five minutes of the half remaining, the game’s third goal came as Stamford extended the lead.
Dan Aust fired a low cross in from the left into the path of Ball who dispatched his shot into the top corner.
At the start of the second period Swales again did well to preserve his clean sheet as he bravely saved at the feet of an attacker.
But any small hopes of a Holbeach fightback were then dashed when Ball turned his marker before going down under a challenge that presented Edwards his opportunity of a hat-trick with a second penalty and he made no mistake by tucking his shot low into the bottom corner.
Duffy-Weekes made it 5-0 with an outstanding strike as his cross was blocked and, as the ball cannoned back, he unleashed a volley from the edge of the area that whistled as it flew into the top corner.
Ball completed the scoring as again he raced away from a tired Holbeach defence before rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net to seal a 6-0 victory.
Manager James Sheehan commented: “It was important that we bounced back after last week’s disappointment.
“The final score of 6-0 was a little harsh of Holbeach who fielded some very talented young players, but we were far more ruthless in front of goal and didn’t squander our chances.
“I was really pleased with the performance and the result while Kieran’s (Duffy-Weekes) goal was an absolute worldy, he had an excellent game.”
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