Hood thrash Boulevard to climb into top spot
Robin Hood 6 Boulevard Blazers 0
Robin Hood climbed back to the top of the Premier Division table after an emphatic 6-0 victory over struggling Boulevard Blazers at Goose Gosling Field last night.
Hood came into the match three points adrift of North Village but with two games in hand and showed no mercy to a Boulevard side rooted to the foot of the table, having failed to pick up a point from their ten fixtures.
Braces from Tomiko Goater and Lejuan Simmons and further goals from Shakir Smith and substitute Ereico Outerbridge wrapped up victory to secure a comfortable three points.
Having come off the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Somerset Eagles as well as suffering elimination in the semi-finals of the Friendship Trophy against Southampton Rangers in their previous two outings, Hood head coach John Barry Nusum was relieved to get back to winning ways as they focus on cementing their title challenge.
“The last couple of games we have been off the pace and so it was good to get back on track,” he said.
“Morale has been down a little bit after those two games but that was a much better performance which was pleasing to see.
“Everyone seemed a little more focused and we were determined to put a disappointing end to 2019 behind us and kick off the new year in a better way.
“We have high expectations on ourselves and all we can do is keeping winning every game we have. Being top puts a little bit more pressure on the other teams around us but we have to continue doing what we need to.
“We need to focus now and keep moving forward.”
Hood came firing out of the blocks and were denied twice by the bar in the opening ten minutes with Liam Evans and Goater hitting the woodwork.
However, the hosts were not to denied shortly after as they finally broke the deadlock in the 18th minute from a corner.
Simmons’ low drilled cross found Goater at the front post, whose smart flick beat Boulevard goalkeeper Azir Harvey.
Hood continued to pour forward and doubled their lead after 36 minutes as Goater broke into the area and rounded Harvey with the ball rolling into the path of Smith who had the simple task of tapping home into the empty net.
The home side added a third nine minutes into the second half as Aaron Nelson did brilliantly to beat Harvey to the ball inside the area before cutting back for Goater to slot in.
Building on momentum, Hood scored their fourth just after the hour mark as Goater turned provider. With too much time and space on the right-hand side, he picked out Simmons who volleyed in with a first-time strike from close range.
Refusing to rest on their laurels a fifth goal arrived with nine minutes remaining as Simmons doubled his tally. Receiving a pass from Nelson, the Hood captain turned and rifled a left-footed strike through the legs of Harvey.
Outerbridge wrapped up proceedings in the 85th minute, getting on the end of a pinpoint pass from Antwan Russell to slide a first-time effort into the bottom right corner.
Goater 18, 54
Simmons 61, 81
Robin Hood (4-5-1): J Simons — C Castle, J Bather, A Russell, A Bell (sub: L Steede 25) — L Evans (sub: T Tyrell 68), C Ryan, A Nelson T Goater, S Smith (sub: E Outerbridge 68) — L Simmons. Substitutions not used: C Brangman, Z Burgess
Boulevard Blazers (4-5-1): A Harvey — Z Stovell, J Williams, Z Burchall, T Wilson (sub: Y Darrell 64) — N Smith, T Butterfield, D Taylor, A Famous, E Zuill — I Coke (sub: T Swan 75) Booked: N Smith
Referee: A Francis
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