Springfield 1 - 4 Catholic United
By Thomas Kearney
BIRTHDAY BOY HOLLINGSWORTH STARS FOR THE HOOPS
Tom Hollingsworth scored all four goal as Catholic United continued their resurgence up the league table with an impressive victory away to Springfield.
Turning 26, the striker was on target four times in a dominant first half display to secure the win & saw both teams swap positions in the Premier Division as the Hoops moved into 10th.
Scheduled between Christmas & New Year, & as most teams were likely to have experienced, an opportunity arose to hand out first team debuts to teenagers Callum Matthews & Billy Ebbles whilst the Hoops were boosted by the return of manager Dan Trenkel following suspension, Mike Dean & Carl Read.
Receiving the ball on the halfway line from goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green, Tony Jacobs attacked the home side’s back line before playing through Hollingsworth to slot home his first.
Despite the strong opening period, a defensive clearance was intercepted & Springfield took full advantage as Joe Mayer equalised soon after.
Hollingsworth restored Catholic’s lead midway through the half when a cross from the right ricocheted kindly inside the box for the striker to emphatically convert.
The Hoops doubled their advantage moments later in a move started by Jamie Salmon’s excellent cross field pass out to Thomas Kearney on the left. Taking the ball under control & fiercely striking from the edge of the box, Springfield’s young goalkeeper could rightly feel aggrieved his fine stop fell kindly for Hollingsworth to head into an empty net - his third hat-trick of the season.
Moments before half-time, the visitors extended their lead further when goalkeeper Godwin-Green’s pass over the top sent the divisions leading scorer through one-on-one for his fourth.
A professional second half performance without any cause for concern saw the visitors to their fourth league win on the bounce.
Next weekend the Hoops play their first of six league fixtures in January starting with Great Baddow at the Len Salmon Stadium.
Well played & all the best for the rest of the season, Springfield.
Happy New Year.