Crosses started brightly against a Presteigne side who picked up a much needed victory last week Vs Tregaron.
As early as the 5th minute top scorer Jack Harris was presented with possibly the easiest chance he will have all season, although he somehow managed to send the ball high over the bar from 5 yards out with an empty goal at his mercy and just 5 minutes later Alex Gunn was forced to tip the ball around the post from a long range effort by the visiting forward.
Despite those early chances being missed it was only a matter of time before the opener as Richie Harris climbed highest to head home a Jack Harris corner grabbing his first goal for the club putting them 1-0 up. The Crosses thought they were going to be 2-0 up as Gaz Jones shot looked to be dipping in but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as it shaved the crossbar but not to be deterred a great run by Elliott Howes just a few minutes later finished with a superb deep cross which Chris Bishop met on the volley to make it 2-0 to the home side and before the visitors had time to realise what had just happened Gaz Jones made it 3 reacting first after the keeper had come out to block his initial drive.
Presteigne did have another effort but Ioan Hughes fired over and then wide with an over head kick. Up front Crosses were causing the centre back pairing of Presteigne captain Tom Ammonds and ex Oxford United player Adriano Girolami all sorts of problems and it was Ammonds who was caught in possession by Chris Bishop with Bish stealing the ball and firing past the keeper to make the score 4-0 at half time.
The second half began much the same with Jack Harris meeting an Elliott Howes cross with his head only for it to be ruled out for offside despite the covering full back seeming to be a good few yards closer to the goal. Jack then challenged for a ball with the Presteigne defender charging through the back of him, the referees whistle blew and as Jack picked up the ball to resume his spot kick duties the ref informed the players that it was indeed a free kick as from his view the challenge had been outside of the box. The resulting free kick was taken by Ben Oakley who smashed the ball home into the top corner making it 5-0 with his first for the club.
Further chances came from the home side with Alex Gunn in the Crosses goal a mere spectator but none were taken until the 70th minute when Gaz Jones flicked a ball on into the box and Owain Wilcock poked the ball home with Presteigne players attempting to clear Richie Harris managed to bury it into the back of the net but as both players what they thought was their goal the referee confirmed it was the initial shot that had crossed the line first. Changes were then made as Dwayne Durham came on for the impressive Dave Hartshorn and Mikey Bebb was introduced for John Butler. As Crosses continued to dominate the chance was taken to given Gaz Wilson his comeback from a lengthy injury lay off when he replaced Alex Gunn in the Crosses goal with 15 minutes to go. Just after this change the 7th and final goal came as Gaz Jones hit a shot in off the post following a Dwayne Durham pull back. It could have been more had Gaz Jones not volleyed over and Owain had managed to steer in an easy chance towards the end.
A great team performance yet again to secure another unbeaten run but the game ended a little bad tempered following an off the ball incident involving Dwayne Durham and Adriano Girolami left the Presteigne player and former professional Girolami rolling on the floor and clearly upset, the referee had missed the incident as he did when the Presteigne number 5 Dan Evans twice remonstrated with The Four Crosses linesman using abusive language towards him and in a threatening manner. As temperatures threatened to boil over following the final whistle calm was restored.
Man of the match from the COMMITTEE
was Ben Oakley.
Opponents man of the match TBC