Downton FC 1
Christchurch FC 3
Sydenhams Football League – Division One
Christchurch continued their recent fine form with a workmanlike three one victory, including a Max Wilcock hat-trick against Wiltshire rivals Downton on Saturday.
Both sides had early chances, for Priory, Wilcock brought a full length save from Downton keeper Gunstone-Gray, and at the other end Rutter completely missed his kick when well placed. We had to wait until the twentieth minute for the deadlock to be broken. Gage flicked on to Christchurch front man Wilcock who emphatically finished to give the visitors the lead. The advantage, however, lasted for little more than two minutes. Following a disputed corner a spectacular over head kick forced an uncharacteristic mistake by Priory stopper Tewkesbury who spilt the effort. Downton`s Rutter made amends for his earlier miss as he was on hand to poke the ball home. As the fairly uninspiring first half approached the forty second minute Gage and Wilcock combined once more, but this time the Priory striker`s header struck the upright . Both sides went to the interval with a goal apiece. Despite a number of searching long throw ins from Downton`s Telfer it was Christchurch who appeared to be marginally on top.
The second period saw almost total domination by the visitors, with precious little seen of the Downton attack. Fletcher was on hand to head clear on the home goal line with the goalkeeper beaten and in the fifty second minute the lively Wilcock shot narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area. A second goal for Priory seemed almost inevitable, and on the hour Max Wilcock obliged, when, given the freedom of the six yard box headed a James King cross past the helpless Gunstone-gray. Wilcock, once again drew a save in the seventy fifth minute, and five minutes later second half substitute Adam Grange was unfortunate not to add to the tally when his low drive was pushed around the post. Wilcock`s hard work and willingness to chase seemingly lost causes was rewarded in the eightieth minute. A long clearence into the Downton half looked comfortable for the defenders or the goal keeper but Wilcock had other ideas. he chased the ball down ahead of everyone and stroked into an unguarded net to complete his hat-trick and consign Downton to a home defeat.
Christchurch now sit in second place with a number of games in hand over their nearest rivals.
Christchurch, Tewkesbury, Wright, Jackson, Blake, Senior, Legg, Gage Cormack, Stone, Wilcock, King. Subs used, Grange, Douglas.
Report by Jeremy