The Vics and The Parishioners met for the first time ever in the first of two league clashes on successive Saturdays. With neither side knowing much about the other and with similarly mixed starts to the campaign the tie was an unknown entity. Two quick-fire goals and another before half time saw the visitors ease to victory, eventually coming out 6-1 winners, with Dominic Airey bagging a hat trick.
The Vics started brightly seeing plenty of the ball without threatening and before they could mount anything like a challenge, Sean Gregory did well on the right flank and crossed deep where Keenan Layton did well to get to the ball and smash the ball into the roof of the net and give the visitors the perfect start. Vics did come straight back and Tom Lewis found himself in a promising position on the right of the Selston box but his shot was tame and handled easily by Selston keeper Jake Ball.
After just 7 minutes, Dominic Airey drifted in off the right flank and danced around three players before curling the ball into the bottom right hand corner of Ben Gough’s net to double the Parishioners lead. The Vics had half chances, Lewis had a shot blocked on the line by Grant Hackett and Kirk Francis shot speculatively but just wide from 40 yards. However, most of the attacking play came from the visitors. Gregory was a constant thorn in the host’s side on the right wing, his free kick was eventually headed over the line by Kane Hempshall to make it 3-0 on 25 minutes. Gregory gave the visitors a golden chance to extend the lead after 19 minutes when he drew Adam Morley into a foul in the box and won his side a penalty. Keenan Layton opted for the spot kick and will be disappointed with his effort, which was easily gathered by Gough.
Layton was still proving problematic for the home defence his quick feet put him free behind the defence his cut back was dummied by Airey for Gregory whose shot cannoned off the underside of the bar. Further good play from Airey, Layton and Gregory provided half chances but Selston couldn’t add to the score line and 3-0 it remained at the interval.
Carl Moore came more into the game in the second half and his canny play helped set up the fourth goal on 54 minutes. The Selston striker held the ball up well and fed Gregory wide right, his first time ball into the path of the eager Airey left the striker to draw the on rushing keeper and slot home for his second and Selston’s fourth of the day.
Borrowash made an impact on the scorers five minutes later when Brandon Gwinnett won the ball well and his instinctive shot deceived Jake Ball and squirmed past the Selston custodian to reduce the arrears to three goals. Shortly after this Gwinnett received a second yellow card and his marching orders to the fury of those involved with the Vics. His team mates reacted brilliantly and had their best spell of the game penning Selston back for a good ten minutes but ultimately failing to grab a goal that might have wobbled the visitors.
After weathering the mini storm, the Parishioners went on to give the score line the gloss their overall performance deserved. Hempshall put Wayne Cooke in behind the defence, the substitute did well to keep his composure and slip the ball home confidently to make it 5-1 on 89 minutes. Cooke then helped Airey round off the scoring when he spotted his team mate in space and the striker produced an impudent chip from 20 yards to seal his hat trick and the tie.
The Vics will hope to put behind them the first half especially when they visit the Parish on September 16th for the return league fixture.