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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Devastating seven-minute spell puts Town out of sight

Beverley Town 4-1 Hornsea Town (Saturday, January 27)

Beverley went into this game at Cranswick looking to bounce back after a disappointing result last week against South Cave United. And with the wind behind them in the first half, Town looked to take advantage and build a lead to protect in the second half.

Town peppered the Hornsea goal from the start, with Stark going close and Muirhead causing all sorts of problems. And it was Stark who created the first goal. After being played through on goal, the keeper brought him down in the box and Craig Muirhead calmly slotted from the penalty spot.

Niall Ringrose then went close on two occasions, forcing a fine save from the keeper and then firing narrowly wide from four yards out. Stu Oliver hit the post with a flicked header following a string of corners, Muirhead hit the post and Joe Norton rattled the bar with a 30-yard pile driver.

Despite their superiority, however, Town only had a slender lead and on 39 minutes Hornsea levelled things when a rare attack led to a goal from a free-kick that was bundled over the line.

Half time 1-1

Town came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half and Muirhead grabbed his second on 47 minutes, Stark finished with great aplomb inside the six yard box on 50 minutes and Ringrose headed home from two yards out on 52 minutes. A blistering start to the second half . . . three goals in seven minutes and Town were out of sight.

The rest of the game was played out without incident. Hornsea did hit the post with a long range free-kick, but that was the nearest either side cam to adding further goals.

Rich Jagger was pleased with the final result: “I thought we fully deserved the win today. We could have been out of sight at half-time, but credit to Hornsea – they nicked a goal and 1-1 at half-time gave them something to build on. However we were devastating in that seven  minute spell at the start of the second half and put the game out of reach.”