Hat-trick moves Stead into dou­ble fig­ures

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

MID­FIELDER Louis Stead crept into dou­ble fig­ures for the sea­son with a hat-trick for North­wood on Satur­day – and it could so eas­ily have been four.

The for­mer North Green­ford United and Chal­font St Peter mid­fielder also made it nine goals in his last four games for the Wood, hav­ing bagged braces in the wins over Peters­field and His­ton, and the draw against Kemp­ston Rovers.

Stead gave North­wood the lead at Dork­ing Wan­der­ers in the FA Tro­phy pre­lim­i­nary round with a neat curl­ing strike, while Ryan De­bat­tista dou­bled their lead from the re­bound after Louis Bir­cham’s shot was par­ried by the home keeper.

Bir­cham got in on the act with a de­flected ef­fort on the half hour mark be­fore Dork­ing pulled one back, while after the break Stead saw a spot kick saved, although James Burgess headed home from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Stead then burst through to make it 5-1 and although Dork­ing made the Wood sweat by pulling back two quick goals, Stead com­pleted his hat-trick 10 min­utes from time to com­plete a 6-3 win and book a first qual­i­fy­ing round tie at Roys­ton on Oc­to­ber 29.

Join­ing them in the next round will be Uxbridge, who will host Har­low Town on the same day after dis­patch­ing of AFC Dun­sta­ble 4-0.

Matty Woods and Adon­aker Eisa both marked their re­turns from in­jury with goals, while Ossie Sil­lah bagged a de­but strike and An­thony Thomas com­pleted the scor­ing.

Over in the Com­bined Coun­ties Pre­mier, Jor­dan Berry’s equaliser earned AFC Hayes a point in their 1-1 draw against fel­low strug­glers Sut­ton Com­mon Rovers, while in Spar­tan South Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One, goals from Cris­tian Bar­rett, Steven Green and Luke Bald­win gave Hare­field United a 3-0 win over Ar­lesey Town Re­serves.

Hilling­don Bor­ough were held 1-1 by Broad­field United, de­spite a Dan Mehmet strike.

n TRE­BLE: Louis Stead

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