Garforth 6 Clipstone 0
A Lee Turner hattrick, plus goals from Calum Ward, Simon Poole and Luke Mccrum gave The Miners their biggest win for nearly four years as Clipstone were put to the sword at the Supply Chain Network Stadium.
Firstly, best wishes for a speedy recovery must go to Clipstone defender Rob Paling, who came off worse from a crunching 50/50 challenge with Simon Poole in front of the main stand. After attention from both club physios it soon became clear the injury was serious and an ambulance was called to the ground. Rob was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with a broken tibula and fibia and we hope he's back on his feet soon.
The first half witnessed a rampant display by Rob Hunter's team who took the lead as early as four minutes. Mitch Hamilton put through Calum Ward to rifle into the top corner. The lead was doubled on 8 mins when Poole's cross from the left ricocheted off defenders in the six yard box to an awaiting Lee Turner who smashed home. The visitors couldn't handle Town's pace and movement and it was 3-0 on 16 mins. Turner did well to chase down a lost cause and deliver to man-of-the-match contender Poole who smashed into the top corner for his first club goal.
The goal of the afternoon (and possibly the season) came on 39 mins. Turner finished off a brilliant move with Hamilton, finishing well across towering goalkeeper Jason Alexander. Clipstone had been restricted to long-range efforts, but came close to getting a goal back a minute later when Joe Harris' 25 yard chip crashed off the top of the crossbar. Turner almost completed his hattrick as early as 44 mins from Sam Leach's through ball, but Alexander came out and saved at his feet.
A half-time formation change for Garforth and the introduction of Jermaine Jatau for the Cobras saw our opponents enjoy a few chances of their own in the early part of the second period. Debutee Town keeper Danny King saved at the feet of Matt Hubbard on 50 mins, before denying a Gareth Curtis effort from just outside the box. An excellent chance came Jatau's way when getting clear of the Town defence, but King came out to collect. Amid all those was one at the other end of the field for Hamilton, who's strike from just outside the box was saved by Alexander. There was almost a goal from substitute Sean Hunter on 57 mins after Ward did well on the right, but his first touch let him down and the Clipstone keeper collected. Some good play by the visitors on 64 mins ended in Curtis supplying sub Nathan Cotton who sidefooted past the far post. Ward almost grabbed a second shortly after from Hamilton's low cross to the far post but was inches away from connecting.
The injury to Paling on 79 mins resulted in a lengthy stoppage to the game which didn't resume til after 5pm. Unsurprisingly the afternoon took on a different feel, with Clipstone forced to see out the game with ten men having already used all three substitutes.
The match wasn't about to peter out however. Hunter was denied again after being let in by Alexander's poor kick-out, after beating the keeper his shot was cleared off the line. Town then added two more goals to record a thumping win. Luke Mccrum joined in on the scoring with a trademark towering header on 81 mins from Hamilton's corner, before Turner finally collected the match ball five minutes later when he was put through to finish low past Alexander. There was a late chance for Jatau when he made his way along the byeline and forced a save from King just after the fifth goal, but in the end his side were well beaten.
A resounding win for The Miners who, after defeats in the first two fixtures, get themselves off the mark with style. Town are in next in action on Tuesday evening when we host Penistone Church (kick-off 7:45pm).