Old Mead's Title Defence Kicks Off In Cracking Style
Amateur Football Combination Premier Division - Old Meadonians 6 Parkfield 0
Old Meadonians started the defence of their league title with a comfortable away victory against a workmanlike Parkfield at Moor Park on Saturday.
This result was made the more resounding by a scintillating hat trick from skipper Jack Costello as usual leading from the front.
His first, on ten minutes, was from a twenty-five yard free-kick which was bent round a ragged wall to give the keeper no chance.
Meads can count themselves lucky to go in two up at half time as, after mid-fielder Dwayne Rhone came from deep to take Costello’s shrewd through ball and finish clinically, the hosts scorned two gilt edged chances to cut the deficit.
The restart found Parkfield on the crest of a wave, but poor finishing and a superb save from Meads’ Kris Sayers maintained the status quo. With half an hour to go Dave Butler, the rock on which Meads’ tight defence has been founded for the last fourteen years, came on for his last game before moving back to the land of his forefathers, Wales.
On cue he galloped forward and chipped the square defence for Costello to beat the keeper and nod from fifteen yards. This drained the last ounce of resistance from Parkfield as further goals were added by Will Gerrish, Leon Smith and Costello, for his hat-trick.
The MoM award went to Costello.
Team: Sayers, Hanley, Pointer, Hugh Jones, D. Smith, W. Gerrish, Costello, Leiper, (Butler), Rhone, (D. Gerrish), Glover, L. Smith.
September 25, 2006