Catholic United 7 - 2 Springfield
By Thomas Kearney
HOOPS ROUND OFF BUSY WEEK IN EMPHATIC FASHION
Catholic United’s dominant home form continued when they defeated Springfield 7-2 at The Len Salmon Stadium.
A brace from Aaron Baldwin along with strikes from Simon Thomas, Jamie Salmon, Thomas Kearney, Tom Hollingsworth & Dan Trenkel rounded off a challenging week for the Hoops in emphatic style.
Having beaten local rivals Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park despite going down to 10 men with the score level & Old Southendian 8-0 on Wednesday, it was imperative Catholic continued their good league form before cup fixtures take precedence over the next month.
It was also a chance to rectify the failures following the previous two midweek games earlier in the season where heavy legs contributed to poor performances. However, confidence would be high with their imperious record on the 4G surface following the first league victory against Hutton at the start of December. (P5 / W5 / F28 / A1).
It is the type of form that was alluding Trenkel’s side at the start of their title defence as Baldwin opened the scoring for the second time in four days when he headed home from Max Kent’s dangerous free-kick.
Strike-partner Thomas opened his account for the Hoops - Ellis Sands’ through ball was seized upon before delightfully lifting above the outrushing goalkeeper.
Salmon sweetly connected from the edge of the box after good work down the left from Tony Jacobs, however the home side were caught napping as Joe Mayer headed in to reduce the deficit with virtually the last touch of the half.
Baldwin & Kent combined once again to reestablish Catholic’s three goal advantage shortly after the break before Kearney converted from close range to make it five.
Once again, a lapse in concentration allowed the visitors - who are still seeking their first win since manager Dan Batchford returned to the club in late December - a further consolation goal through Peter Morgan.
Substitute Tom Hollingsworth, returning to the side following a knee injury, scored fabulous solo goal starting from the halfway line, before turning provider for Trenkel to conclude the scoring.
Next weekend, the Hoops travel to Essex & Suffolk Border Premier Division side Tiptree Heath in the Premier Cup for the first of their three forthcoming quarter finals.
All the best for the rest of the season, Springfield. Results will come!