After a week of sole searching from everyone connected with Ellistown FC, today was the day that we came together as one and a dominate performance saw off a Hathern side who 7 days earlier put 5 past us.
A change in formation and returning players gave Town a big lift and on one of the best grass pitches in the league (well done Bernard), we tore into Hathern from the 1st whistle and it was no surprise when Mitch Williams with a fine volley on 5 mins put town into the lead .
EFC 1-0 HFC 5 mins
Hathern had no answer to our brilliant passing game that was being dictated by the fine passing of Jake Mcloughlin, who was playing like David Beckham in his prime.
Becks, sorry Jake would not have been able to dictate play if it was not for the excellent protection given by Captain, Leader and Legend Chris Nettel, Harry Hayden and Aaron Windram at the back.
Our flank play through man of match Callum Yorke, George Wesley, Adam Poxon and Jack Poxon was superb as we created chances for Mitch Williams and Nathan Tomlinson, who put in a typical old fashioned number nine performance.
Roared on by the bench, we continued to push for the 2nd and this gave Hathern hope as they counter attacked.
You may have noticed, I've mentioned all 10 outfield players and left Goalkeeper Warwick Miller to last.
There is a very good reason for that and Warwick Miller was cheered off at half-time as two world class saves ensured town into half-time with a 1 goal lead.
EFC 1-0 HFC HT
Could Ellistown transfer their 1st half performance into the second half, yes was the answer as we controlled play and Hathern began to lose composure and this gave Callum York the freedom of the right wing to cause havoc.
Mitch Williams doubled our lead on 55 mins when he beat the offside trap to run through and slot the ball past Hathern's goalkeeper Dan Owen.
EFC 2-0 HFC 55 mins
Enforced changes with Owain Parker coming on for Jake Mcloughlin never disrupted play. Owain, our only shining light from the previous week completed the scoring on 75 mins with a 30 yard on the run Roberto Carlos thunder drive. Take a bow son.
EFC 3-0 HFC 75 mins
Vital minutes for debutante Ben Worrell and Adam Gretton followed and only 1st class saves from Hathern's Dan Owen ensured we never got close to the 5 scored by our opponents the previous week. In fact, both Goalkeepers can be proud of there performances.
A red card for Hathern's Adam Porter only added to the away's side frustrations.
The final whistle went with the home faithful cheering the side back into the changing room with a 3-0 victory.
EFC 3-0 HFC FT
As they proved last week, Hathern are not a bad side, therefore we should be proud of this victory.
The victory also confirms what is possible when everyone works together as a team.
We move up to 6th in the league with 7 points and with games in hand, will be aiming to gatecrash the top 3.
Well done guys and lets take this form into next week's game away to 5th place GNG.