Moore fires Staxton win

Kenward Cup semi final'Staxton(blue) v Newlands'Picture by Neil Silk  121474a'08/04/12
Kenward Cup semi final'Staxton(blue) v Newlands'Picture by Neil Silk 121474a'08/04/12

ANDY Moore scored a hat-trick as his Staxton side pulled off a shock 4-2 Kenward Cup semi-final victory over Newlands.

Staxton were a goal to the good after half an hour when Eddie Birch hit the back of the net.

Kenward Cup semi final'Staxton(blue) v Newlands'Picture by Neil Silk  121474a'08/04/12

Kenward Cup semi final'Staxton(blue) v Newlands'Picture by Neil Silk 121474a'08/04/12

Newlands were back on level terms at the break thanks to a strike from Ryan Cooper.

Staxton restored their advantage in the second half when Moore registered again but Cooper netted his second to make things all square.

The game seemed to be heading for extra-time but Staxton, and Moore, had other ideas when he scored two late goals for the hosts to see them through to the final of the competition.

Staxton’s player-boss Dave Bates said: “I am very proud of all the lads today because they were terrific.

Kenward Cup semi final'Staxton(blue) v Newlands'Picture by Neil Silk  121474a'08/04/12

Kenward Cup semi final'Staxton(blue) v Newlands'Picture by Neil Silk 121474a'08/04/12

“We played well from the first whistle and I think they were a bit shocked by how well we played.

“It was easily our best performance of the season and it is great to get to the final.

“We know it will not be easy against Trafalgar though, because they are a good side with plenty of talented players.”

Jamie Patterson helped himself to a brace as his Trafalgar side defeated Seamer 5-0 to earn their place in the final.

Danny Price fired Trafalgar ahead with a header from open play after good work from Ricky Greening.

That was the only goal of the first half but Patterson doubled the lead when he too converted a header.

Greening then got his name on the scoresheet with a finish from close-range and Patterson added the fourth.

Defender Ricky Nock wrapped things up for Trafalgar late on.

Ben Salt was named man of the match for the victors.

Traf’s player-boss Liam Salt said: “It was a fairly comfortable victory for the boys and we are looking forward to playing in the final.”

Goalkeeper James Burrows impressed for Seamer along with right-back James Seymour for James Prethero’s charges.