FreshSal­mon helps Team top­ple Wood

FC TEAM A AC CRICK­LE­WOOD 5 2

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY RICHARD JAYE

A hat-trick from Richard Sal­mon plus two from Adam Gold­smith helped FC Team main­tain their grip on the Divi­sion Three ti­tle race as they claimed a de­served victory over AC Crick­le­wood.

The match was played in a tremendous spirit with only 10 free­kicks in the whole game. It was over as a con­test in­side the first 18 min­utes as Team raced to a four-goal lead.

The opener came in the third minute af­ter good work from Sal­mon who beat Dale Henry be­fore see­ing his tame shot find the back of the net with the aid of a de­flec­tion from an un­for­tu­nate Crick­le­wood de­fender.

Sal­mon should have dou­bled the lead on eight min­utes but, in­stead of pulling the trig­ger to­wards goal, de­cided to try to walk the ball into the net but good de­fend­ing kept the score at bay for a few min­utes at least.

Team dou­bled their ad­van­tage on 15 min­utes. The im­pres­sive Ed­die Stern­berg laid the ball off to Sal­mon who con­trolled with his chest and fiercely volleyed home from 15 yards.

Sal­mon turned provider two min­utes later. With space down the left, he beat his marker and shot goal­wards. The ef­fort was saved but the re­bound fell to skip­per Gold­smith who tapped home from three yards out. A minute later, the game was well and truly over. A long throw from Sal­mon found Stern­berg whose left-foot cross was met again by Gold­smith who added the fi­nal touch from close range. Crick­le­wood did not let their heads drop and were handed a life­line mid­way through the half. Henry’s cross was met by striker Mark Ratzker who drilled a 20-yard ef­fort past Mike Perkin in the FC Team goal. Ratzker then tested Perkin again af­ter out­fox­ing Adam New­some but the stop­per pro­duced a smart save.

The sec­ond half was a dour af­fair as both teams seemed to take their foot off the gas. Sal­mon com­pleted his tre­ble on 75 min­utes to end Crick­le­wood’s hopes. Latch­ing on to a pass from sub­sti­tute Matt Kendler, the sum­mer sign­ing fin­ished with aplomb.

There was still time for Crick­le­wood to re­duce the deficit as Jeremy Korn­hauser net­ted in stop­page time.

FC Team joint-man­ager Adam New­some said: “Our ef­fort lev­els were out of this world. We did all the hard work in­side the first 20 min­utes.”

Co-boss Dar­ren Freed added: “Team spirit is the best it has been for a long time. This side can def­i­nitely go places. All credit to Crick­le­wood, they didn’t give up and will def­i­nitely be there or there­abouts come the end of the sea­son.”

Crick­le­wood goal-scorer Mark Ratzker said: “The game was over early and we never re­cov­ered. We were without five first team­ers but there are no ex­cuses. We didn’t de­serve any­thing.”

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