Stone Dominoes 6 Staffordshire LA 0
SCSL Division One
Saturday 25th March 2017
Stone Dominoes moved back to the top of the league table with a comfortable victory over their struggling opponents thanks in part to four goals from Ash Thompson.
A first half brace from Thompson put the home side in control at half time before he added another double in the second period which was followed by strikes from Jules Paterson and Ryan Parkes. Joint-manager Dom Ryder was pleased that the Dominoes players took their struggling opponents seriously from the start.
“I’m pleased to chalk off another win and the lads showed a fantastic attitude to this game,” he said.
The clean sheet is a highlight, as is the first goal of the season for centre half Ryan Parkes.”
Ryder was also quick to pass on his regards to the opposition captain after the game was held up due to a nasty-looking ankle injury for the defender.
“I’d also like to wish the Staffs LA skipper all the best and a speedy recovery from what seemed like a nasty injury.”
Dominoes were still without the injured Mark James but Ryan Mayer was fit enough for a place on the bench. Thompson gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute when he latched on to a loose pass in the LA defence before rounding goalkeeper Ryan Evans and sliding the ball home.
The lead was nearly doubled 2 minutes later when Endon Adams squared for Chris Nellis but, with the goal at his mercy, the midfielder blazed his effort over the crossbar. Dominoes were dealt a blow when Keeylin Thomas was forced off in the 18th minute through injury but they increased their lead within a minute when Thompson controlled a Parkes cross before superbly volleying the ball on the turn into the far corner.
The visitors came close to reducing the deficit in the 23rd minute when the ball fell to Martin Johnson inside the area but the midfielder fired his effort high and wide. Chances to move further ahead came and went for the hosts during the remainder of the half as Tom Broadhurst shot over and Paterson’s dangerous cross flashed across the face of goal with nobody present to convert.
The game was held up for nearly 15 minutes early in the second half when the LA captain Benny Johnson was eventually stretchered off after suffering a bad ankle injury from an awkward landing. When the game resumed Thompson completed his hat-trick within a minute when he found space behind the away defence and slid the ball calmly past Evans into the bottom corner.
Dan Marsh produced a fine save a minute later to deny Martin Johnson when the LA midfielder found himself in behind the home defence with just the goalkeeper to beat. Paterson struck the post just before the hour mark after a clever Jake Hughes pass and the former spurned a good chance to get on the scoresheet a minute later when he fired over after beating the offside trap.
Thompson added his and Dominoes’ fourth almost immediately though when he latched on to Marcus Thorp’s long ball before rounding Evans and composing himself to lash the ball into the net through a recovering defender’s legs. Paterson got his goal 5 minutes later when Hughes released him in behind the LA back four and the forward was able to round the goalkeeper and brush off the defender before finishing into the empty net.
Ryan Parkes completed the scoring with minutes remaining when he crept in round the back to nod home a Thompson corner. Dominoes will hope to maintain top spot when they travel to Redgate Clayton Reserves on Saturday for what will be the start of four successive away games.
Stone Dominoes: Marsh, E.Adams, Steele, Parkes, Thorp, Glover, Hughes, Thomas (Paterson 18), Nellis (L.Adams 65), Broadhurst (Smith 78), Thompson; Subs not used: Amponsah, Mayer
Goals: Thompson 12, 19, 51, 59, Paterson 65, Parkes 88 (Stone Dominoes)