Five-goal Craig is in good nick
Met Police Bushey 1 Buntingford Town 5 CRAIG Hammond bagged all five goals for Town as another ruthless team performance gave them another impressive victory. Both sides again had to endure another difficult playing surface at Sun Sports FC with the hard
Met Police Bushey 1
Buntingford Town 5
CRAIG Hammond bagged all five goals for Town as another ruthless team performance gave them another impressive victory.
Both sides again had to endure another difficult playing surface at Sun Sports FC with the hard pitch difficult to play any decent football, but too their credit both teams tried passing the ball at a fast tempo but it was Town who started this game better.
In the opening exchanges Chris Hardy headed inches over from a Luke Robins corner when unmarked and both Lewis Endacott and Tom Malins had long range efforts just miss the target.
The hosts were good in possession but found, like so many other teams recently, that Town's rearguard was hard to breach although they did create one good chance on 19 minutes when poor marking from a throw in allowed Luke Buckley time to advance on goal but Damion Williamson blocked his shot well.
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Town took the lead in the 27th minute when a fine team move involving Malins, Robins and Hardy saw the latter tee up Hammond, and his 16 yard effort that beat the keeper inside his near post.
The rest of the half was quite a scrappy affair with neither team creating any clear chances to help affect the scoreline.
The hosts came out with a good spring in their step for the second period and put Town on the back foot with some crisp passing and movement but created little in the final third and were hit by a sucker punch goal with Town's first attack of the half in the 54th minute.
Hammond and Will Turl played a neat one-two on the edge of the box and Hammond hit a sweet right footed strike into the very top left corner for an outstanding goal.
The game was all but laid to rest within five minutes when another brisk attack saw Luke Robins take on three defenders with a fine burst of skill and pace before he was crudely upended in the box for a clear penalty. Hammond duly completed his hat-trick placing his kick into the bottom left corner.
Both teams continued to probe and defender Duncan Easley was unlucky not to increase the lead with 20 minutes remaining when his looping header from a free-kick came back into play off the top of the post.
Met Police reduced the arrears with 12 minutes remaining when a mix up between Williamson and Easley allowed Ross Shorto a close range finish despite centre-half Jamie Babbage being clearly fouled in the build up.
Town assistant boss Tony Galvin was sent off by referee Hays for disputing the goal but any worries of a comeback was erased four minutes later when Town renewed their three goal advantage.
Chris Hardy's through ball found the well timed run from Hammond who clipped the ball over the advancing keeper.
The scoring was completed in the 87th minute when youngster Ricky Young superbly controlled a floated ball down the right channel and his inch perfect cross was met by a downward header from Hammond at the far post.
Boss Paul Attfield said: "This was no different from any other performance of late. The attitude of the players was tremendous from start to finish showing no complacency or arrogance just a winning team attitude. Some of the team play at times was very hard to contain and I think the margin of victory in the end was fully justified."
Town: D Williamson, L Endacott, D Easley, D Cain, J Babbage, M Smith (L Beaumont), C Hardy, T Malins, W Turl (R Young), C Hammond, L Robins (J Stephens)