KESWICK WEST CUMBRIA 7 – 0 URMSTON
COOK x 3
BARNES x 2
This week KWC looked to continue their 100% start to the campaign at home to Urmston who have proved somewhat of a stumbling block over recent years.
Having won both of their opening games, Kes sat joint top of the league while Urmston were coming off the back of an impressive victory over Glaxo the week prior.
Wests boasted a strong line up and although were without the dependable Shaun Wilson and Paul Randell the creative Rob Owen stepped in for his first start for the season, with Cook alongside him,
The game began at a fast pace from Kes - looking to grab an early lead while the travelling side looked to try shut up shop from the off and take something from the game.
Kes were dominant in the opening exchanges and bossed the midfield but just couldn’t find the end product after a number out promising moves. Urmston offered little going forward and opted to absorb the pressure when needed, and release it by way of the long ball option.
The storm could not be weathered for long though and eventually Kes took a deserved lead. The ball was played forward and KWC bided their time around the D before a reverse stick hit into the mix by Owen where Seth Fletcher connected with a sublime deflection to lift the ball up and over the keeper before nestling into the goal.
As the half wore on, one soon became 2 as wests doubled their advantage. Mark Proctore burst into the D and was unlucky to see hit effort cannon back off the post. Morgan however, was on hand to lash home the rebound.
The one attack that Urmston tried tho capitalise on was soon fizzled out with a perfect touch from James Fennel sending the ball wide
Kes continued to push and won several short corners. Only the efforts of a keeper in fine form kept the scoreline mildly respectable but was unable to prevent Rob Cook finishing from a tight angle with final attack of the half.
Any attempts of a valiant comeback after the break were shortly lived as within 30 seconds of the restart KWC won a penalty flick and Cook slotted home coolly for their fourth.
By now it was a case of when and not if Kes would score again and Rikki Barnes helped himself to a brace. The first was a tap in which was made easy by his own fine work rounding the keeper when one on one and the second was a typical Barnes finish, deflecting in another short corner routine with what seems like apparent ease.
Swanston and cook missed golden chances late on before Cook completed his hat-trick with an elegant solo run, evading several challenges before placing the ball into the corner for the seventh and final goal.
KWC fined themselves with a double header next week away to Southport on Saturday and in the cup v there fellow revels Glaxo