Five-star display as under 18s impress again

Hasland CFC 0

Matlock Town Eagles u18s 5

High-flying Eagles soared to a five-star performance against spirited opposition who had no answers to the free-flowing brand of passing football that made this contest a joy to watch throughout its duration.

Plaudits should rightly be shared amongst each of the 13 players who made such a sterling contribution, that regularly drew purrs of applause on the touchline.

The rout began after only eight minutes when Troy Stevens provided the corner that picked out Scott Lester, ambushing the home defence with a fine finish, and it opened the floodgates.

Thomas Evans had already gone close himself before threading a beautiful pass to Jacob Gunton.

The striker, calmness personified, sidestepped a defender before slotting home.

On rare forays forward, Hasland met a defence which oozed confidence with Jack Wilson totally dominant in the air, and the positional play of wing backs Matt Marshall and Jack Crossley outstanding.

Charlie Britner enjoyed almost total control as he thwarted any potential danger with a cultured performance. After the break, the midfield supremacy coordinated by Evans and Ben Harrison was an inspiration, and further goals were only a matter of time in arriving.

An unnecessary handball saw the home team reduced to ten men and Gunton converted the penalty with some venom before the same player was fed with a delightful ball by Jake Hatcliffe and finished with a devastating left foot volley to complete his hat-trick.

The chances just continued to mount. Harry Westnedge was denied on no fewer than three occasions before Aaron Booth picked out Stevens who blasted narrowly wide.

Harrison and Hatcliffe then combined to send Gunton through to sweep home his fourth and Eagles’ fifth.

Sterner tests may await, but this has been a superb start to the season and nine goals in the last two games coupled with two clean sheets surely points the way towards success.