Sunday, 22 July 2018

Reading nets further hat-trick

PAUL READING netted his second hat-trick in successive games to help Hambleden ease to a comfortable home victory against Hazlemere

PAUL READING netted his second hat-trick in successive games to help Hambleden ease to a comfortable home victory against Hazlemere in the Senior Division of the Wycombe and District League on Saturday.

With the wind whipping across the Dene Hambleden chose to kick with nature’s advantage towards the car park end and soon had their opponents on the back foot.

After eight minutes Matt Cook broke up a Hazlemere push and found Chivers who clipped a ball over their rear guard and into the path of Reading who shielded the ball allowing North to drive into the box before scoring.

Centre half then Ozzy Dawson intercepted a Hazlemere pass before surging forward from his own half, beating three players and playing a one-two with North before ramming home from six yards.

Almost immediately after the restart Chivers and Wilkins won the ball. Chivers’ through ball found Reading inside the box, where the striker made no mistake drilling the ball home into the corner of the net from inside the area.

On 34 minutes a patient move involving more than 25 consecutive passes from all outfield players saw the ball switched from left to right and back to front ending with Dixon flighting a ball to Reading who brought the ball down before finding the back of the net with vigour.

In the second half and with the wind in their favour Hazlemere played higher up the field. Dawson, Brunning and Rodrigues whilst under more pressure looked comfortable and provided a base for Chivers, Cook and Wilkins to fashion another opening for Reading who stroked home to claim his hat-trick.

Dean Kemp collected and then turned in the box after Dixon had surged down the right. Kemp’s shot eluded the Hazlemere keeper and nestled in the back of the net to make it 6-0.

On 61 minutes a ball from the Hazlemere defence saw James Glanville scoot clear and lob the advancing keeper.

Maclennan replaced Reading and was soon in on the goals. After dragging a shot wide he twisted and turned the defenders before slotting home from the edge of the box.

After suffering a kick to the head Dawson made way for Irving. On 84 minutes Maclennan again caused problems inside the Hazlemere box and was brought down unfairly. The spot kick was dispatched by Dixon. Markwell then replaced North.

Chivers capped a fine team display thumping a volley home from outside the area after Wilkins had worked hard to set up his midfield partner.

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