Sat 17
Hall Road Rangers Reserves
Howden AFC
L Oldridge (0'), B Rothery (0'), (0'), (0'), (0'), (0'), (0')
Howden AFC v Hall Road Rangers Reserves

Howden AFC v Hall Road Rangers Reserves

By Keith Tinkler
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Match report

Howden's first team got back to winning ways as they dispatched Hall Road Rangers with a clinical performance and finishing masterclass from Ben Rothery at Haworth Park.
After a poor defeat to Long Riston last week, Howden turned on the style to finish their chances. Striker Rothery netted a double hat-trick, showing a ruthless streak in front of goal.
Missing a handful of key players, among them an injured Craig Gorman, caretaker boss Danny Wright called on Howden's young contingent and a new system, giving starts to Alex Haines, Joe Hollobach and Liam Masterman, who put in performances which belied their youthful years.
As ever it wasn't plain sailing and Howden fell behind. Hall Road played with a strong intensity in the opening phase, not allowing the visitors to settle, and going to direct to gain the territory.
It was a break from a Howden attack where they cashed in, the Minstermen losing their shape and failing to cut out several passes before the striker went clear and dispatched past Gorman.
The goal made Howden realise they were in a game, and it was Rothery who took it on himself to put them on level terms. No sooner had the equaliser gone in, Masterman had released his strike partner to finish for 2-1.
The third came five minutes later. The impressive Ben Webster - who bossed the midfield - turned his man inside outside on the left flank before clipping an inviting cross for Rothery to head home at the far post.
Howden were now on top and started the second half with the same intent, and Rothery's fourth came five minutes after the restart after being released down the left by Haines.
A rare goal from Luke Oldridge followed as he steamed into the box like a steam train to power home a header from a corner, which was Wright's favourite of the afternoon.
Knowing they had the game won Howden showed complacency after losing Ash Andrew to injury. The hosts made it 5-2 with a tidy finish into the bottom corner and the bombardment resumed.
But Gorman was equal to what they threw into the mixer, tipping two over his bar and punching away crosses with authority.
Wright sent on Geoff Smith and the returning Sam Schofield to settle things down and the quality showed as Rothery escaped twice more to finish with aplomb
A nasty tackle on Haines soured the affair but Howden kept their discipline to see out the result.
Man of the match went to the six goal striker, but it could have been shared by a handful of players for the way they set up the victory.
"We showed what we can do to teams on our day," said Wright in the club house afterwards. "I told the lads they need to perform. We talk a good game but it was about delivery and the lads were excellent.
"In Gorman and 'Dixie' we have the best strikers in the area and today we saw why. When we apply ourselves we can get results. Now we need to build against Hunters at the weekend."
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Match details

Match date

Sat 17, Oct 2015



Meet time

Ben Rothery

Player of the match

Ben Rothery