Ambers at the double
Goals from Jon Hill and Jordan Turner saw off the challenge of Garforth Town ....
Squad rotation was the order of the day again as The Ambers travelled to Leeds to face Garforth Town looking for a fifth consecutive win at one of our favourite locations. Back into the starting eleven came James Leverton, James Ashmore and Jordan Turner as The Ambers looked to capitalise on the fact that this was Town’s fourth game in eight days, whereas Handsworth had not played since the Clipstone victory a week ago.
As expected, The Ambers started well, and after an early hooked effort from Ward was comfortably dealt with by Leverton, the visitors were soon one up. Jamie Green escaped his marker to reach the by-line and his cross found Turner lurking at the far post. The strikers headed effort came back off the woodwork, and after Ashmore’s follow up drive was blocked by Town skipper Beaston, it was Jon Hill who was on hand to blast the ball home from close range to reach double figures in his first Ambers campaign.
The Miners started to try and impose themselves as the half continued and Payne brought another save from Leverton after some intricate play. The game was now fairly open and even until the 24th minute, when some sterling work from Ashmore on the right resulted in a pinpoint delivery to Hill who cleverly guided his header beyond the reach of the retreating Lawrie to double the lead.
Hill was simply unplayable during this spell and almost grabbed his hat trick when he flashed a volley just off target, before heading another chance wide although he was penalised for a foul on the keeper. His next involvement was to flick the ball on into the path of Turner who was dragged back as he closed in on the area, resulting in a yellow card for Beaston.
The game settled into a pattern either side of half time, whereby The Ambers were happy to sit back and let Town have the ball then hit them on the break, and the nearest anyone came to scoring was when Lee Cooksey just failed to hit the target with a volley from Hill’s lay off.
The Ambers were protecting their lead well and with Steve Istead and Jed Phillips dictating the pace of the game from midfield, Turner was coming into the game more and giving his markers an uncomfortable time, whilst Ashmore was showing his array of talents, as he spread passes all over the pitch.
Out of nothing, The Miners almost fashioned a way back into the game when Simpson’s near post flick flew just over the bar, but almost immediately, Turner volleyed a good effort into the keepers arms following a Stuart Ludlam free kick which almost caught out the home defence.
Ollie Yates was also seeing more of the ball and some tenacious play from the full back created the third goal, when he dispossessed a Town defender by the corner flag and delivered a cross into the six yard box for Turner to finish off with the help of a defenders touch. The in-form striker was then dragged down by the right back as he turned him near the other corner flag, and from Ashmore’s delivery, he left his marker to power home a header to make it 4-0 and seal a comfortable victory.
HE Barnes Man of The Match – Jon Hill