Super subs change the game for Dandy Town
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Super sub Dominique Lambert smashed an 18 minute hat-trick as Dandy Town Hornets scored four late goals at St John's Field yesterday.
Victory kept Dandy Town top of the Premier Division and on course for their fourth title in seven seasons.
The scoreline flattered somewhat as Boulevard gave a good account of themselves, particularly in the first half, before the Hornets stepped up a gear to produce the football that has seen them rise to the top of the league.
Last weekend they scored three goals in the last nine minutes against Southampton Rangers to protect their unbeaten record.
Yesterday they kept up their scoring rate of three goals a game after Lambert and Fabian Frankson came on to change the game.
“We're a team that seems to get stronger as the game goes on,” Jomar Wilkinson, the Town coach, said. “We got off to a slow start, but it is about building the game and that's exactly what we did.
“We broke them down, and in the second half we were then able to dominate like we normally do.
“I'm definitely pleased with our game-changers today, they came on and did their job.
“We believe it's going to take 30-something players throughout the season to be successful so every player, whether starters or game-changers, believe they can help the team. That's exactly what our game-changers did today.”
Boulevard had an encouraging start against the league leaders, and had a good opportunity to take the lead in the nineteenth minute when a throw-in back into his own box by Dominique Williams, the Town full back, was picked up by an alert Dunn-ya Taylor who blasted well over from a good position.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between at both ends in the first half, as K'wonde Lathan lifted an effort inches over the bar from a Town free kick in the last minute of the half.
The match was dragging towards a stalemate before Town began to impose themselves, and the introduction of Lambert for Skyah Furbert, and Frankson for Quadir Maynard, changed the game.
The pair finally found a way through the Boulevard defence in the 72nd minute when Frankson ran into the box on the right side and crossed for Lambert, who side-footed the ball past goalkeeper Daniel Adams.
The two substitutes had only been on the field for a few minutes.
Frankson continued to pose problems, forcing Adams to push aside his dangerous cross as Town went looking for more goals.
The second came five minutes later when Jahleel Crockwell pulled back Frankson inside the box, and captain Angelo Simmons, a former Boulevard player, stepped up to blast his spot-kick past Adams.
Town were in the zone after that as Boulevard began to tire, ending the match in fine style with two more goals in the last two minutes as Lambert, a summer transfer from St George's, completed his hat-trick in the last minute.
He made it 3-0 in the 88th minute when Drewonde Bascome's high cross from the left landed at his feet, and the Town midfielder took a couple of touches before poking the ball past Adams.
Lambert scored his third, and his side's fourth, two minutes later when he headed in off the underside of the crossbar.
“He had a little back injury so we didn't start him today, but he looks like he's ready to go,” Wilkinson said of Lambert. “I'm pleased with his performance.”
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Lambert 72, 88, 90,
Simmons 81 (pen)
Dandy Town (4-3-3): A Daniels — S Williams, K Lathan, G Dyer, L Millett — L Tucker, (sub: S Darrell, 75min), T Goater, S Furbert (sub: D Lambert, 65) — Q Maynard (sub: F Frankson, 70), A Simmons, D Bascome. Substitutes not used: J Symonds, I Daniels, J Swan. Booked: Dyer.
Boulevard (4-3-3): D Adams — A Foggo, C Trott, J Williams, J Crockwell — D Smith (sub: J Trott, 67), M Tankard, D Taylor — T Daniels (sub: K Smith, 67), S Robinson, A Smith (sub: M Smith, 79). Substitutes not used: M Young, S Fostin, N Smith. Booked: A Smith.
Referee: A Bailey.