Slazengers mens 2nd team bounced back from successive defeats with a comprehensive 8-0 home victory over Chapeltown mens 3rds. A mix up with goalkeepers prior to the start meant that forward Jack Mumford donned the pads for the game and will have been upset to miss out on adding to his goal tally for the season.
Slazengers started the game the better of the two sides and broke the deadlock when Ben Graham finished off a neat passing move, Simon Randall claiming a good assist. Slazengers didn’t let up and the lead was soon double with Matt Stacey smashing home a loose ball on his reverse stick. Stacey grabbed his second moments later, driving in from the left win and finishing well from the top of the ‘d’. A smart short corner routine saw Paul Johnson set up Simon Randall for an easy finish to take Slazengers into the half time break with a 4-0 lead.
The second half was much the same with Slazengers dominating play although Chapeltown did manage some breaks of their own. Mumford made some neat saves when called upon and when he was beaten, Mark Swallow got back to clear off the line. Matt Stacey had a goal disallowed but wasn’t to be denied his hat-trick, completing it off another well worked short corner. Graham grabbed his 2nd with a direct strike from a short corner before Ste Roberts got in on the act, beating a couple of players before finishing under the Chapeltown keeper. Chapeltown continued to press for a consolation but were again denied by a goal line clearance, Graham getting back to clear this time. Slazengers completed the scoring with Graham becoming the 2nd Slazengers player to claim a hat trick, although his shot took a lucky deflection off a defenders foot.
Man of the match went to Dan Atkinson who had an excellent debut on the right wing. Slazengers will look to build on this when they visit Sheffield Hallam on Saturday.