Lacklustre Earlswood Town hit for six by Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons
A HAT-TRICK from Aaron Evans inspired ruthless Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons to an emphatic 6-1 victory over a below-par Earlswood Town on Saturday.
This Midland League Division Two game was well and truly over after just 45 minutes at The Pavilions, as the visitors raced into an unassailable lead through Evans’ treble and goals from Thomas McGillivary and Aaron O’Neill.
Player-manager Tom Reynolds pulled one back eight minutes into the second half, but any hopes of an unlikely comeback were ended when Ellis Whitelaw tapped in a sixth goal for Falcons after the hour mark.
Defeat for the Earls saw them slip to third-bottom and the tone for how the afternoon was to pan out started as early as the fourth minute.
A stray back pass by Elliot Price allowed live wire Evans to nip in, race through on goal and comfortably fire past Daniel Farr to give the Falcons the lead.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 when tricky winger O’Neill saw his cross from the right cleared only as far as McGillivary on the edge of the area. After two neat touches to get the ball under control, the midfielder volleyed home for 2-0.
After a shaky start the Earls carved out their first chance after 15 minutes, but Jordan McKenzie got the ball stuck under his feet after collecting Harry Street’s pass and the opportunity for a shot on goal was gone.
Little action followed as the Falcons continued to dominate possession, but eight minutes before the interval the visitors added their third when an unmarked Evans directed O’Neill’s corner into the back of the net.
Four minutes later it was 4-0. With the Earls guilty of giving possession away from a throw-in deep inside the Boldmere half, a swift counter ended with O’Neill firing in from Whitelaw’s pull back.
McGillivary saw a thunderous strike hit the bar three minutes later, but soon after the Falcons had their fifth. O’Neill was proving to be a real threat on the left wing and he when he broke free, it was almost inevitable that Evans would get on the end of the cross to nod in for his hat-trick.
With the game gone, the Earls knew they had nothing to lose and eight minutes into the second period they reduced the arrears when Reynolds was on hand to prod in at the back post after Falcons failed to clear Andy Matthews’ corner from the right.
However, that joy was short-lived as three minutes later Falcons restored their five-goal advantage. From another swift counter-attack, McGillivary saw his effort parried by Farr into the path of Whitelaw who had the simple task of tapping into an empty net from a couple of yards out.
With 21 minutes remaining the hosts somehow did not find themselves 7-1 behind, with Evans wasting three bites at the cherry to fire in his fourth of the afternoon.
That proved to be the last of the goalmouth action, although the Earls were lucky not to finish with ten men when, in the second minute of stoppage time, a clean through Evans was fouled by John Palmer, who escaped with just a booking.
Reynolds will be hoping for a much better performance from his Earls ranks when they visit fourth-bottom Coventry Alvis on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
EARLSWOOD: Farr, Price, Palmer, Walker, Froggatt, Reynolds, Doyle (Hamer 74), Dunlevy, Matthews (Kinsey 62), McKenzie, Street (Liam Mulvey h/t). Unused subs: Nicholson, Benjamin.
BOLDMERE: Bennett, Coleman (Tuckley 80), Beckford, Gregory, Allen, Donald, McGillivary (Brookes 80), Arkinstall-Shore, Evans, Whitelaw (McDonald 62), O’Neill. Unused subs:Bell, Smith.