Match report by Chris Burton
The Lockmen ultimately coasted to an easy victory, though they had to work extremely hard to get into a winning position.
The home side were working hard and forced two early corners and went close a couple of times. Liam Hickman had a couple of chances fired over before Stafford broke the deadlock. A long goal kick was flicked on and a static back-line seemed to wait for a flag allowing the home number nine to run on and finish on 17 minutes. Steve Stearn went close for The Lockmen before he set up the leveler on 32 minutes. His through ball reached Cory Ensor who appeared to scuff his effort under the keeper. Matthew Bird then struck the bar from half-way with the keeper not far off his line.
However, the second-half was different as The Lockmen moved up a gear. Ensor picked out Stearn with a brilliant cross field ball but his cross was blocked for a corner. Their next corner saw them take the lead on 58 minutes. when the keeper inexplicably dropped a simple ball into him at the feet of Ensor to tap home. Two minutes later Damian struck from outside the box and the keeper somehow let the ball roll through him and into the net. The intensity from the visitors continued even with the constant changes but after returning to the fray after being rested after scoring his second, Ensor completed his hat-trick with a quite brilliant dribble through four players, as he appeared to hit a wall of defenders but a stunning spin and turn on the ball gave him enough space to fire goalwards and the ball hit the post and bounced in.
“My MoM Cory, who else, followed closely by Ben Browne and Tom Lawton on the wings, oh and Steve Stearn up front,”