Sikh Hunters 14-0 Telford Juniors
By Aaron Muffett
Hunters rampant in record win
Sikh Hunters produced a stunning, clinical and relentless goal scoring performance as they outclassed Telford Juniors 14-0 in their WMRL Division One fixture on Saturday.
The home side started on the front foot against their unorganised visitors and were duly rewarded inside six minutes. Hinesh Patel picked up the ball midway inside the Telford half, skipped past a couple of challenges before the ball ended up at the feet of Justin Nisbett. He sidestepped the final defender before finishing into the bottom corner for the opening goal.
It was wave after wave of Hunters attacks with home keeper Liam Haynes a mere spectator and Hunters made it 2-0 after 17 minutes. A Chetan Singh Goray corner was recycled and found its way back to the left footer. He played in fellow full back Connor Archer down the right hand channel and his pull back was swept home first time by Tyrone Atkinson. Two soon become three when a rare Telford foray forward was halted and Singh Goray played a lofted ball down the left for Nisbett who sprung the offside trap. As he advanced menacingly towards goal, he unselfishly squared for Atkinson to stroke home a simple finish.
Atkinson had his treble just past the half hour mark. More fantastic footwork and close control from Patel saw him beat at least four Telford players in the space of 10 yards. As he found his path to goal blocked, he laid off for Atkinson to complete a hat-trick of first time finishes. Remarkably, there was more to come for the Hunters number 7 as he got his fourth of the game with a header from point blank range after a pinpoint Singh Goray cross before the same pair linked up on the stroke of half-time as a well worked free kick routine started by captain for the day Ashley Smith, got Singh Goray away down the side of the defensive wall and he crossed for Atkinson to scuff home from a couple of yards out.
6-0 at half time.
The visitors' improbable comeback became impossible in the opening minutes of the second period as they were reduced to 10 men. This sparked an astonishing fifteen minute spell where five goals were scored, all by Hunters talisman Nisbett. The first and second of the spell completed the frontman's hat-trick, taking a Ben Lawley precise pass in his stride and finishing across the goalkeeper before then tapping in on the goal line after an effort towards goal from Atkinson.
He then completed his second hat-trick in double quick time with three similar goals, one from a Sanjay Malhi cross and the other two with typically powerful finishes when left with the keeper to beat. 11-0.
The home side continued to move the ball around well when they could have quite easily taken their foot off the gas while the visitors battled on gallantly to their credit. There were still more goals to come in the final quarter hour as Patel got the goal his performance deserved, beating four players down the left and then caressing a finish into the far corner. Hunters stalwart Manda Garewal then got on the scoresheet as he bundled home an Atkinson cross and the final goal was came courtesy of a long range Singh Goray strike which appeared to strike the crossbar and go in off the back of the hapless goalkeeper's hands. One for the dubious goals panel perhaps.
14-0 it finished and a record score for Sikh Hunters at this level of football. They'll be hoping to carry this goalscoring prowess into their next fixture which is away to Gornal Athletic this Saturday. Kick off is at 3pm.