Sikh Hunters 7-0 Wyrley United
By Aaron Muffett
Patel the star as Long Lane stays blue
Sikh Hunters scored seven for the second Saturday in a row, defeating Wyrley United 7-0 in a one sided ‘Long Lane’ derby.
Hunters made one change to the starting line up from the previous game with Jason Hewitt making his first start for the club in place of Tyrone Atkinson while there was a spot on the bench for youth team product Rohan Narwain.
The home side opened the scoring with their first meaningful attack and what a goal it was. Hinesh Patel picking up the ball on the left around 40 yards before effortlessly going past two players and then hitting a crisp finish into the far top corner as he entered the penalty area. A perfect start for the hosts.
On 12 minutes it was 2-0 thanks to another brilliantly worked goal. Dan Jones played the ball into Justin Nisbett who flicked the ball back round the corner for Jones who then had the composure to drag the ball inside, outfoxing his marker and calmly stroke the ball home.
The visitors were struggling to find any sort of rhythm with Hunters goalkeeper Liam Haynes a spectator for the most part and just after the half hour mark, Wyrley found themselves three down. A poor pass on halfway gifted Patel possession who ran forward unchallenged before playing the ball through for Nisbett, who guided the ball towards goal and although not the cleanest of strikes, it nestled into the bottom corner.
Nisbett was involved again just before half time when Hunters effectively ended the game as a contest. His flick on from a long ball forward was perfect for Jones to run on to and he waited for the goalkeeper to go down before lifting the ball over him.
Into the second half and tormentor in chief Patel was at it again, his driving run into the box saw him in on goal once more and he beat the goalkeeper with consummate ease to make it 5-0 with over 40 minutes left on the clock.
The visitors had no answer for the mesmeric Patel and he was dragged down when through on goal after beating three men and about to round the keeper, the Wyrley defender sent off and a penalty given. Patel proved he was human as the spot kick was dragged wide, shaving the post.
Haynes made his first save of note with five minutes to go, a solid stop after an effort from distance and there was still time for Hunters to add to the scoreline as Todd Perry scored his first goal for the club, a powerful finish from close range following a corner.
It was fitting however that Patel had the final word, completing his hat-trick in injury time with a low free kick to cap a memorable performance.