Huntsman 8, Kirk Merrington Half Moon 2
Following two weeks of postponed fixtures, the Huntsman were back in action on Sunday, at home to Kirk Merrington Half Moon.
Manager Neil Dodds was forced into a couple of changes, as Anthony McDonald played in goal and Ollie Gell was called back into the side at left-back.
The game got off to a scrappy start, as the wet and windy conditions made it difficult for both sides.
However, the away side struck first as they were awarded a contentious penalty for handball. The Half Moon striker made no mistake, calmly dispatching his effort from the spot.
That goal certainly galvanised the home team, and they got level as an interception from Paul Barnes enabled Reed Molloy a run at goal. The Huntsman’s top scorer duly obliged, as his left footed effort went in off the post.
The home side were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box shortly after, which should have been a penalty. Up stepped Molloy, who bent his set-piece over the wall and into the top corner.
The first half scoring was rounded out when Ryan Mercer was played through one on one by Molloy, and his effort trickled over the line to make it 3-1.
It was one way traffic in the second half, as the Huntsman began dominating possession. John Jamie Herd added a fourth shortly after the break.
Molloy then completed his hat-trick to round of a man-of-the-match performance, as he was able to convert from close range from a cross by Shaun Sproates.
Mike Sproates then got on the scoresheet himself, as a good piece of work down the left hand side enabled him a tap in at the back post.
The home side added a seventh, as substitute Craig Woodhead’s clever lay-off found captain Lee Redpath, who bent the ball into the top right-hand corner from the edge of the box.
Woodhead then got on the scoresheet himself, as Dave Neale’s cushioned ball enabled him to lash home from six yards out.
The away side then got a consolation as a hit and hope from their centre midfielder lobbed McDonald in the Huntsman goal from 30 yards.
Next up for the Huntsman is a top-of-the-table clash against Coundon Durham Ox at Simpasture Park, 10.30am kick-off. Both teams have 100% league record, so get yourself down to see good competitive game of Sunday morning football.