Huntington Rovers 1 Garforth 8
By Andrew Marsh
Seven different scorers give Miners thumping win
Goals from Wilkinson, Chippendale, Low, Hunter, Williams, Simpson (two) and Marshall gave The Miners a commanding win over York Premier League side Huntington to get pre-season underway in style.
The first chance of the game fell to Sean Hunter on 4 mins when played in by Joe Colley, his low shot saved by the feet of the Huntington goalkeeper. Garforth opened the scoring on eleven minutes, although maybe not from the source you'd expect. It was a well-taken goal nonetheless - full back Matt Wilkinson driving low into the bottom corner for his first club goal after Dan Williams picked him out on the edge of the box. Hunter saw his turn and shot blocked deep in the six yard box four minutes later from another Williams assist.
The hosts looked to hit us on the counter, but overall were restricted to a handful of chances. On 17 mins they nearly equalised from Dan Coupland's weak pass back to Toby Wells; captain James Beaston forced into scooping the ball narrowly over the crossbar under challenge from the Rovers number 9. From the resulting corner their number 5's towering header went just wide. There was another chance for Hunter back down the other end moments later after great work down the right by Adam Priestley, but the young striker shot wide. It mattered not though as two goals in five minutes gave us a 3-0 lead. The first was arguably the goal of the game and another debut goal - fullback Jordan Chippendale, erm, chipping the keeper after the ball was worked from right to left. Williams saw a strike deflected wide after a foray down the right by Colley, then from the resulting corner Alex Low found the net with a glancing header.
A dangerous run from Huntington's number eleven almost produced a reply on 39 mins, his delivery flashing across the goalmouth but with nobody to apply the finish.
It was four three minutes after the break when a poor back pass forced Rovers' keeper to clear the ball straight at Hunter who's contact was enough to send the ball into the net. Sadly that was the end of the game for the stopper who became injured in the process, hopefully he'll back in action before the start of the league season. New signing and half-time substitute Jack Slinn almost found the net on his debut when seeing his shot from Hunter's cross cleared off the line.
Our York Premier League opponents got a goal back on 58 mins when their number 12 headed home a free-kick, a Town defender unable to keep it out. Another excellent run by Priestley provided a fifth goal on 62 mins, this time by Williams who chested in his delivery at the near post. Last season's top scorer Mark Simpson got in on the act after coming on as sub around the hour-mark. After being taken down in the box on 67 mins, he stepped up for the resulting penalty himself, sending the replacement goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 6-1.
Williams saw a powerful effort saved on 72 mins, before the goalkeeper was quick to deny Simpson moments later when put clear by Coupland. Two further goals followed as full time approached; Simpson fired low past a stranded keeper after robbing the ball from a defender 20 yards from goal; then Charlie Marshall smashed into the roof of the net after Simpson's cross from the right wasn't dealt with by the Rovers defence. Alongside teammates Wilkinson and Chippendale a debut goal for the young midfielder.
Town are next in action on Tuesday 9th when we head to North West Counties League side Shelley FC (kick-off 7:45pm).
Town Team: Wells, Wilkinson, Chippendale, Coupland, Low, Beaston (c), Priestley, Barker, Hunter, Williams, Colley. Subs (used): Marshall, Kearsley, Slinn, Bingley, Simpson, Carlton. Unused: Porritt, Silva.