Ten Goal Thriller at Beveree
By James Bartaby
Fans witness "pound-a-goal" extravaganza, but Beavers are on the wrong end of the scoreline
The September sunshine may have been shining as this game kicked off, but by the end it had well and truly rained goals! Unfortunately for Paul and Darren's team, lax defending on multiple occasions saw Leiston score sixty percent of them.
Hampton started brightly, with Billy Dunn having a shot deflected over after little more than thirty seconds. Ben Harris met the resulting corner with a firm header, but Danny Gay in the Leiston goal saved well. A scramble ensued, but the visitors eventually cleared their lines.
Five minutes in, and Harris again headed goalwards from a corner, but this time put his effort wide of the mark. Leiston's first shot on goal came on seven minutes, as Craig Parker lashed goalwards after a cross was partially cleared. It wouldn't be the only time a visiting player had the time and space to get a shot away from distance.
Ten minutes in, and we had our first goal of what would become a surreal evening. Charlie Moone controlled a clipped pass in the penalty area, but couldn't summon the power in his shot to beat Gay. However, the goalkeeper couldn't hold onto the shot, and as it bobbled loose, Charlie and Ben Harris raced to get there. Ben narrowly got there first and bundled the ball home; 1-0 (just in case you start to lose count!)
It didn't take long for Leiston to level proceedings, as nine minutes later Michael Brothers scored the first of several excellent goals. Collecting a loose ball some twenty five yards out, he creamed a stunning drive into the top corner, leaving Jack Norton groping for thin air in the Beavers goal (1-1). Norton was on hand a few minutes later to tip away Gareth Heath's low drive, before Luke Wanadio and Jerome Federico missed efforts at the other end.
Just past the half hour mark, the impressive Ben Harris went up for a high ball, but landed awkwardly. He was clearly in a lot of pain with an ankle injury, and after six minutes of treatment, he was helped from the pitch, and later left on crutches. Hopefully he will be back in action for us soon. Seventeen year old Paris Mason came into the action in his place.
Once the game got back underway, the chances - and goals - resumed. George Wells ambled forward with the ball, and with no challenge in sight he thumped a powerful shot which moved a bit in the air but was comfortably into the midriff of Gay. Leiston countered, and Joe Francis cut in and curled a wonderful left footed shot into the self same top corner found by Brothers (1-2). As a lengthy period of stoppage time loomed, Charlie Moone brought the game level with his first goal from open play this season. Controlling a pass inside the box, he turned his man well, before lashing the ball into the roof of the net (2-2 HT).
It took fourteen minutes of the second half before we saw another goal, although both sides had a few half chances in that time. However, when the game's fifth goal came, it sparked an incredible passage of play that saw six goals scored in just twenty three minutes.
Tom Winter was allowed to control the ball and knock it into the path of Craig Parker. He was also afforded the room he needed to control and fire past Norton (2-3). Charlie Moone had a shot saved, but Leiston grabbed a two goal advantage on 65 minutes through a Gareth Heath penalty. Billy Jeffreys was adjudged to have handled a cross, and Heath stepped up to score, sending Norton the wrong way (2-4).
Three minutes later, and Leiston had a fifth. A sweeping attack finished with Joe Francis sliding a low cross perfectly into the path of Tom Winter, and he slotted the ball easily into the bottom corner (2-5). Two minutes later, Charlie was fouled twenty five yards out. Jesse Kewley-Graham stepped up to take the free kick, and curled a sumptuous effort into the top corner mentioned before (3-5).
However, just two minutes after hope was raised, it was dashed again. Joe Francis skipped past Jerome Federico and shot past Norton, the keeper getting a touch but not enough to prevent the goal (3-6). Billy Dunn had a shot deflected wide as Hampton looked to take the game's goal count into double figures, but that chance was grabbed brilliantly by Paris Mason. Chasing a long ball, his pace took him clear of the defence. He got to the ball ahead of Gay and expertly lifted the ball over the keeper from an acute angle to claim his second in two games (4-6). Minutes later, Charlie smashed a volley goalward from a tight angle, but Gay saved.
There was still time for what would have been the most bizarre goal of the game. Jack Norton sent a stoppage time freekick long, and it almost caught out his opposite number, but Gay managed to backpedal and catch the ball under his own bar.
Francis 42 & 72
HRBFC: Jack Norton, Jerome Federico, George Wells, Tommy Brewer, Billy Jeffreys(c), Justyn Roberts, Luke Wanadio, Karle Carder (Jesse Kewley-Graham 51), Ben Harris (Paris Mason 38), Charlie Moone, Billy Dunn (Michael Bryan 84). Unused: Max Hustwick, Gareth Chendlik.
Leiston: Danny Gay, Blake Saker, Stuart Boardley, Michael Brothers, Joe Jefford(c), Adam Tann, Tom Winter (Scott Mitchell 73), Gareth Heath, Leon Ottley-Gooch, Craig Parker, Joe Francis. Unused: Josh Meritt, Anthony Johnson, Alex Rossis.
Booked: Paris Mason (HRBFC), Michael Brothers (Leiston).