Saturday, 24 March 2018

Barklem continues rich vein of form

FREE-SCORING Hugh Barklem was in fine form once again as HENLEY YMCA UNITED thrashed DELTA VIGO 9-1 for

FREE-SCORING Hugh Barklem was in fine form once again as HENLEY YMCA UNITED thrashed DELTA VIGO 9-1 for the second consecutive week in Division 4 East.

Barklem netted five goals in last Sunday’s rout having bagged all nine against the same opponents the previous week.

The on-song striker has now scored 26 goals in six league appearances for the Lawson Road side.

The hosts took the lead when a Tom Chaplin run down the right saw him cut inside a defender before firing home into the bottom corner.

Soon after Barklem was fouled outside the box after beating a defender. He picked himself up and scored from the resulting free kick, smashing the ball low into the bottom left.

Chaplin then whipped in a corner which was flicked in at the near post by Tom Essam to give YMCA a 3-0 half-time lead. Early in the second half a Stevens through ball picked out Barklem who netted his second of the match. The visitors pulled a goal back after scoring at the back post to make it 4-1. Stevens made it 5-1 with his second of the match when he headed home a Chaplin corner.

Substitute Kieran Butler made an immediate impact when he came on as he ran through the midfield beating several players before setting up Stevens who completed his hat-trick.

Barklem completed his hat-trick to make it 7-1 when the ball fell to him after the keeper parried a Steve Kennedy shot.

Good defensive work from Aidan Prior stopped a rare Delta Vigo attack before he then played a ball down field to Callum Butler who flicked it on and Barklem let it bounce before unleashing an unstoppable volley from 30 yards to make it 8-1.

With time running out Chaplin shot for goal and the ball fell to Barklem who netted his fifth of the game.

In the Senior Division KIDMORE END went down 4-2 away to READING IRISH.

The hosts too the lead before Zac Tull levelled for the visitors almost straight from kick-off from his own half. Reading Irish restored their lead from the spot after the Kidmore keeper collided with a player in the area.

Kidmore again levelled after good work from Lewis Jenkins who teed up Pat Gardiner with a shot from edge of the area

In the second half Reading Irish went 3-2 up with a breakaway goal before settling matters with their second penalty late on.

Elsewhere EMMER GREEN ran out 4-1 winners at GHANA STARS.

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