Report: 27-03-2004 – Mens 5th’s (5) vs (2) Leeds 6th’s

Sharpshooter Chris Wood scored four times as Slazenger fifths lifted the Plate at the expense of opponents Leeds

The final finally went ahead after being cancelled the weekend before because of the bad weather and Slazenger got off to a slow start against well organised Leeds defence.

There was some excellent attacking play by the forwards and especially Jermane Cockerill and Gareth Ventom who pushed up with great one-two balls between them.

This led to Slazenger’s first goal by Chris Wood with a good cross ball by Andy Auty and they doubled it when a blistering pass by Simon Killey to Ian Gordon confused the keeper and the ball went in.

Team spirits were high with all the players working and some good runs by Andy Fisher from defence. Coupled with good defending by Richard Baker, Ian Hedges, Dave Smith, and Neil Blackwood, they looked unbeatable with Wood’s second making it 3-0 at half time.

Leeds came out fighting in the second half to score an early goal but Slaz responded through Wood and although Slazenger ‘keeper Lee Secker had a relatively easy game, Leeds managed to score a second.

But Slaz’ again replied with another great pass from Killey to Wood who again found the back of the net.