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Norton Athletic FC
Barsham
D Hoadley (8', 34', 36', 50'), D Mitchell (21', 80'), J McElhinney (57', 88'), B Burcham (67'), A Orme (74'), R Spinks (83'), A Kelner (86'), Unknown (31' OG)
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Sat 20 Jan 14:00 - League

Norton Athletic 13 Barsham 0

Norton ruthless against the young Barsham side

Norton welcomed the young guns of Barsham to The Subcourse looking to follow up last week’s superb team performance with another against the league strugglers. Barsham are to be credited to sticking with it during a tough season when many clubs would have folded and I for one hope they manage to see the season out and celebrate their 70th anniversary later in the year.

For Norton I was missing Connor Mitchell and James Hardy from last week’s side but welcomed back Archie Crossan, Mike Ball and Carl Cooper who was returning after a long injury lay off.

Norton took the game to Barsham from the outset and it was evident early on that Declan Mitchell would be a constant thorn in the Barsham side with his willingness to drop deep and his pace a constant menace for the visitors.

The first goal arrived on 8 minutes and it came from a long throw routine as Crossan launched towards Ben Burcham whom flicked on and Danny Hoadley planted a header home from 8 yards.

Surprisingly Norton had to wait until the 21st minute for the second goal and this was a free kick routine where Ben Smith played a straight ball towards the edge of the 6-yard box where Mitchell had timed his run to glance his header home.

Norton were at times guilty of switching off allowing Barsham a couple of attacks but nothing to trouble the goal and Norton were largely back on the offensive on the counter with Adam Orme and Ben Smith in particular having good games moving the ball well.

The third goal arrived on 31 minutes as Norton built from the back as Burcham found Orme wide left. His one two with Hoadley then saw his low cross turned into his own net by a Barsham player under the attentions of Alfie Kelner.

Mitchell then stung the hands of the Barsham keeper, but it was soon 4-0 in the 34th minute as another break by Mitchell saw him run from the half way line into the penalty area when he dropped his shoulder and pulled the ball back leaving the defender in his wake. He then picked out Danny Hoadley at the far post whom needed two attempts to score.

Two minutes later and Danny Hoadley recorded his hat-trick as some fine left-wing play by Ben Smith saw him ping an excellent left footed cross where once more Hoadley was on hand to head home and the half time score was 5-0 and the points seemingly in the bag.

Norton started the second half as they finished the first as Mike Ball strode forward from the back and centered where once again Hoadley was on hand to head home goal number 6 with 50 minutes played.

At this juncture I made a triple substitution in order to give plenty of game time to the subs and Hoadley, Smith and Kelner were replaced.

The goals kept coming and James McElhinney netted his first goal for the club almost immediately as he rounded the keeper before slotting home number 7.

Ben Burcham then headed home number 8 from a Mitchell corner in the 67th minute.

McElhinney then saw two more opportunities to score as both times he rounded the keeper but found the angle to narrow. He then saw another effort hit the bar and could easily have netted his own hat-trick within 15 minutes of coming on.

Adam Orme netted number 9 cutting in from the left and he then set up the 10th for Mitchell and by this point there was still 10 minutes to play.

Normally in these types of games Norton ease to a win but today we were ruthless and kept searching for goals and added 3 more. Number 11 came from Rory Spinks who ran onto a ball from 18 yards and calmly side footed home.

Alfie Kelner who had come back on for Spinks then scored his first Norton goal following up at the far post after the keeper had saved Mitchells header and the final goal was scored by McElhinney with two minutes left after once more rounding the keeper.

This was a fine performance by Norton and in-between the goals several other chances were saved by the Barsham keeper and on the day, it could have quite easily have been twenty plus however I will settle for the 13.

Fair play to Barsham for not giving up and I hope they get some good fortune soon.

For Norton the last two week’s have been much improved and again there were several contenders for the Read Bros MoM but today it goes to Dec Mitchell whom I felt was at the heart of everything and we look a much more dangerous side when he plays.

Well done to all though.

This week we travel to Normanston Park to take on Stanford whom gave us a 5-0 hiding earlier in the season.

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Declan Mitchell

Player of the Match

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Key moments

8:00
Goal Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
21:00
Goal Declan Mitchell scores for Norton Athletic FC
31:00
Own Goal Own goal conceded by Barsham
34:00
Goal Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
36:00
Goal Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
50:00
Goal Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
57:00
Goal James McElhinney scores for Norton Athletic FC
67:00
Goal Ben Burcham scores for Norton Athletic FC
74:00
Goal Adam Orme scores for Norton Athletic FC
80:00
Goal Declan Mitchell scores for Norton Athletic FC
83:00
Goal Rory Spinks scores for Norton Athletic FC
86:00
Goal Alfie Kelner scores for Norton Athletic FC
88:00
Goal James McElhinney scores for Norton Athletic FC

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Declan Mitchell is awarded player of the match for Norton Athletic FC
88:00 Goal 13 - 0
James McElhinney scores for Norton Athletic FC
86:00 Goal 12 - 0
Alfie Kelner scores for Norton Athletic FC
85:00 Sub On
Alfie Kelner is substituted on for Norton Athletic FC
85:00 Sub Off
Rory Spinks is substituted off for Norton Athletic FC
83:00 Goal 11 - 0
Rory Spinks scores for Norton Athletic FC
80:00 Assist
Adam Orme makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
80:00 Goal 10 - 0
Declan Mitchell scores for Norton Athletic FC
74:00 Goal 9 - 0
Adam Orme scores for Norton Athletic FC
67:00 Assist
Declan Mitchell makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
67:00 Goal 8 - 0
Ben Burcham scores for Norton Athletic FC
57:00 Goal 7 - 0
James McElhinney scores for Norton Athletic FC
52:00 Sub Off
Ben Smith is substituted off for Norton Athletic FC
52:00 Sub On
Sam Martin is substituted on for Norton Athletic FC
52:00 Sub Off
Alfie Kelner is substituted off for Norton Athletic FC
52:00 Sub On
Carl Cooper is substituted on for Norton Athletic FC
52:00 Sub Off
Daniel Hoadley is substituted off for Norton Athletic FC
52:00 Sub On
James McElhinney is substituted on for Norton Athletic FC
50:00 Assist
Michael Ball makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
50:00 Goal 6 - 0
Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 5 - 0
Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
36:00 Assist
Ben Smith makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
36:00 Assist
Ben Smith makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
34:00 Goal 4 - 0
Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
34:00 Assist
Declan Mitchell makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
31:00 Own Goal 3 - 0
Own goal conceded by Barsham
31:00 Assist
Adam Orme makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
21:00 Goal 2 - 0
Declan Mitchell scores for Norton Athletic FC
21:00 Assist
Ben Smith makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Daniel Hoadley scores for Norton Athletic FC
8:00 Assist
Ben Burcham makes an assist for Norton Athletic FC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Norton Athletic FC
  • Barsham
  • 0
  • Daniel Hoadley Goal 8:00'
  • Ben Burcham Assist 8:00'
  • Declan Mitchell Goal 21:00'
  • Ben Smith Assist 21:00'
  • Adam Orme Assist 31:00'
  • Own Goal 31:00'
  • Daniel Hoadley Goal 34:00'
  • Declan Mitchell Assist 34:00'
  • Daniel Hoadley Goal 36:00'
  • Ben Smith Assist 36:00'
  • Ben Smith Assist 36:00'
  • Daniel Hoadley Goal 50:00'
  • Michael Ball Assist 50:00'
  • Ben Smith Sub Off 52:00'
  • Sam Martin Sub On 52:00'
  • Alfie Kelner Sub Off 52:00'
  • Carl Cooper Sub On 52:00'
  • Daniel Hoadley Sub Off 52:00'
  • James McElhinney Sub On 52:00'
  • James McElhinney Goal 57:00'
  • Ben Burcham Goal 67:00'
  • Declan Mitchell Assist 67:00'
  • Adam Orme Goal 74:00'
  • Declan Mitchell Goal 80:00'
  • Adam Orme Assist 80:00'
  • Rory Spinks Goal 83:00'
  • Rory Spinks Sub Off 85:00'
  • Alfie Kelner Sub On 85:00'
  • Alfie Kelner Goal 86:00'
  • James McElhinney Goal 88:00'

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