Tom Anderson-Dixon and Ben Osborne
also got on the score sheet in the 7-2 victory, which puts The Hornets two points behind third placed Stanton Drew.
The game started well for The Hornets and early pressure was applied right from the off. It took just five minutes to make the breakthrough. Hull received the ball out wide following a low corner, and his whipped cross was spilled by the Fry’s keeper, before being smashed in by Anderson-Dixon.
It took only nine more minutes before it was 2-0. This time, Anderson-Dixon returned the favour for Hull, whose eloquent first touch took the ball away from his defender before he drilled the ball underneath the keeper, who perhaps should have done better.
Despite the two early goals, Frys gained some composure and began to get more into the game. They were rewarded with five minutes to go before half time as their striker found space in between the Stoke centre backs and drilled the ball hard and low past James Potter
Bradley Stoke immediately went on the hunt for a third goal to regain their two-goal cushion, but despite numerous attempts before the break, could not find the back of the net.
They were to have no such issues in the second half however, with Matt Hull certainly not struggling to find the back of the net. Six minutes into the second half, after some good work by the midfield, Ed Linsdale
played in Hull who controlled the ball on his chest before executing a perfect lob over the onrushing keeper.
It didn’t take long for Frys to strike back, and within two minutes they narrowed the gap once again after a low cross was spilled by Potter and dispatched into the roof of the net by their striker.
The game was on knife edge for the following ten minutes, with both teams knowing full well what impact the next goal would have on the game. The Hornet’s needed to up their game and to do so, they looked towards their talisman in Hull. On 65 minutes, and after good work by Hay, Hull received the ball in the box before jinxing past a defender and striking low into the bottom corner.
There was no quick reply for Frys this time, and The Hornets really started to show their superiority. Ben Osborne
, returning from New York in the morning to play the game, came on for his cousin Tom Osborne
and was immediately in the action. He got onto the end of Hay’s perfect cross to side volley skilfully into the bottom corner.
Osborne was involved once again ten minutes later, but it was the turn of Hay to get on the score sheet. After an afternoon of creating opportunities for his team mates, the ball fell to Hay in the area following a cross by Osborne and Hay made no error in making it 6-2, with a first time finish that was straight out of the top drawer.
The scoring was complete only a minute later as Hay once again got on the score sheet, this time his shot evaded numerous defenders on the line after Nathan Corney
’s deep cross.
The Hornets saw the game out comfortably and played some possession football that defied the state of the pitch, which by the end was as cut up as it has ever been. The next challenge for The Hornets is away to South Bristol Central, who are currently 8th in the league and haven’t played since January.