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LOCAL SOCCER: Hat-trick for Muirhead as Beverley put five past Hornsea

Hornsea Town 0 v 5 Beverley Town (26th August)

Beverley made the short trip to local rivals Hornsea Town on the back of an excellent win away at Pocklington mid-week. Town had two forced changes, with both full-backs, Shaun Day and Ben Thomson, missing.  In came Adam Gibson at right back and Shaun Gibson at left-back in an otherwise unchanged side.

The first 20 minutes were a cagey affair, with both teams trying to get a grip on the game and get the important first goal.  But it was Beverley who took the lead on 33 minutes and after some great build-up play by Leon Dawson, Alex Stark nodded the ball across the six-yard box for Craig Muirhead to calmly finish from three yards out.

It was Muirhead who added the second only three minutes later.  Again Dawson was instrumental . . . after he glided past the Hornsea defence, a clumsy tackle brought him to the ground, and the referee had no choice but to give the penalty.  Craig Muirhead calmly slotted his and Beverley’s second to make it 2-0 after 36 minutes.

Beverley were in full control now, with Stark, Dawson and Muir all going close. However the half-time whistle went and Hornsea were relieved to be only 2-0 down.

Town continued the second half in the same manner.  George Southgate replaced the injured Aldo Hysenaj on the right side of midfield, and caused problems straight from the restart.

On 53 minutes Muirhead grabbed his hat-trick, another from the penalty spot, after former Town keeper Luke Cotton brought down Alex Stark in the box.

Town continued to create numerous chances, Stark going close on a couple of occasions before claiming Town’s 4th goal on 70 minutes. It was just reward for a good performance from Beverley’s number 10.

Town continued to create chances, with Joe Norton missing with free header from four yards out, and Stu Oliver testing the keeper from range.  It wasn’t until the 93rd minute, however, that Town added the fifth goal, with Shaun Gibson finding himself five yards out  in front of goal. A a swing of the right foot saw his shot creep over the line to make it 5-0 to Beverley.

Town manager Rich Jagger was pleased with the day’s work. “We put in another good performance today.  It was hard to single anyone out, but Craig Muirhead being skipper today and getting a hat-trick was excellent.  The lads at the back did well; Max Thomas had his best game for a long time, and Stu Oliver and Jordan Organ ran the midfield. We have another tough game on Tuesday at Cranny against Hessle Rangers, but the lads are full of confidence and we hope to put a bit of a run together”