On-form Ollerton Town crush Nostell for biggest win of season
Ollerton Town secured their biggest win of the season so far on Saturday after they defeated Nostell Miners Welfare 5-0 to put last week's disappointment well and truly behind them.
Ollerton suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Westella & Willerby last time out, missing chance after chance before conceding a cruel, deflected goal. Against Nostell however, The Town remembered to bring their shooting boots as they were much more clinical in the final third, as they made it 15 goals in their past five games.
It was Nostell who actually started the game the brighter, and Connar Pressley had a good chance to put his team ahead.
After the pacey forward had nipped the ball round Ollerton ‘keeper, Scott Gretton, his shot seemed goal bound but thankfully for Ollerton, Jordan Schofield was in position to clear the ball off the line.
There was little to separate the two sides in the first opening minutes but that soon changed as Ollerton opened the scoring.
Sam Dockwray created space for himself on the right hand side of the Nostell area and his compose finish beat Harry Stead between the sticks.
As the half went on, it was still a quite evenly contested game with Ollerton perhaps shading proceedings, with Greg Tobin firing wide from close range after good work by Lewis Bingham.
William Grogan flashed a good opportunity wide of the upright for Nostell as they went in search of an equaliser, then just before the break, Ollerton and Dockwray got a second.
Bingham chipped a delightful ball over the top of the Nostell defence for Sam Stretton and he brought the ball under control before passing across to Dockwray, who spun and fired into the back of the net.
That goal put Ollerton in a comfortable position going into half time but Nostell weren’t playing like a side who are currently languishing at the bottom of the league and the game was far from over.
Any hopes of a Nostell comeback were extinguished five minutes into the second half however as Ollerton got their third.
Tom Cooke won the ball back well on the edge of the Nostell area and he passed to Josh Bowkett who had the time to curl an effort into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes later, and Bowkett found the net again to score his tenth of the season.
The former York City youngster received the ball inside the area and did excellently to fire across goal, and into the bottom corner, with his weaker left foot.
There was to be no hat-trick for either Dockwray or Bowkett as both were substituted shortly after Ollerton made it four though The Town did keep pressing for more goals, the best chance falling for Bingham who was put through by James Munson, but saw his shot go wide of the far post.
Bingham made amends for that miss, scoring a brilliant fifth for Ollerton as he continues his terrific form over the past month.
Shimmying this way and that to beat his man, Bingham then cut inside from the left before curling the ball into the top corner, past the best efforts of Stead.
That victory made it two wins out of their last three for Ollerton and though it was far from their best performance of the season, they will be very happy with the convincing way that they put their opponents to the sword which should stand them in good stead going into a big run of games before the end of 2016.