Great Shelford mortified as Steeple Morden turn up the heat

PUBLISHED: 12:56 06 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:01 11 May 2010

Steeple Morden 11 Great Shelford A 0

STEEPLE Morden produced a stunning performance to the delight of a large home crowd as they kept their promotion push on track.

A youthful Great Shelford side started brightly but were soon overpowered in midfield wi

Steeple Morden 11 Great Shelford A 0

STEEPLE Morden produced a stunning performance to the delight of a large home crowd as they kept their promotion push on track.

A youthful Great Shelford side started brightly but were soon overpowered in midfield with Charlie Prothero dominant and Dom Holt orchestrating the attacks.

On 18 minutes Jack Tidey picked out Martyn Lees whose deft pass found Ben Holt and he drilled home from 15 yards.

Lees then flicked on a great cross from Stuart Cooke and Matty Chapman volleyed home to make it 2-0.

Cooke got in on the act when he scored his first goal for Steeple with a far post header after Dom Holt had whipped in a splendid deep cross and shortly before half time Cooke made it four with a sublime chip from 30 yards after some good work from Graham Collins.

The Steeple defence, marshalled by Martin Donald and Craig Richardson, was rarely troubled with Andy Smith being forced to make just one save in the first half.

The second half started with controversy after Steeple were fortuitously awarded an indirect free kick from 10 yards and Shelford were reduced to 10 men following their protests.

Dom Holt found the back of the net from the kick and within minutes he had grabbed another goal after breaking through two challenges to smash the ball home from the edge of the box.

Cooke then completed his hat trick with another fine far post header after an excellent cross from fellow winger Matt Chapman and on the hour mark Ben Holt made it eight as he beat the keeper to the ball and poked it home.

With his team 8-0 up, Steeple manager Kenny Watters decided to make a triple substitution with Collins, Prothero and Lees being replaced by Wheelton, Oxenford and Parr but the goals kept on coming.

Matt Chapman scored his fifth and best of the season with a 20 yard screamer into the top corner and Ben Holt then completed his hat-trick with a header from a Tidey cross to join Martyn Lees as top scorer on 17 goals.

There was just one more to come, and it came courtesy of substitute Parr who, with five minutes remaining, worked some space and found the net from 22 yards.

Manager Kenny Watters was full of praise for the whole squad and said: "I'm delighted with the response in the last two games and the display today was awesome, every player played their part.

"We looked balanced and menacing going forward and strong and organised at the back.

"We need to keep this momentum going with all to play for in the promotion run in."

Steeple: Smith, Collins (Wheelton), Richardson, Donald, Tidey, Cooke, Prothero (Oxenford), D Holt, Chapman, Lees (Parr), B Holt.

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