Hay nets hat-trick as Shilbottle beat Felling

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Shilbottle travelled to Wardley Welfare to face the side that finished runners-up to them in last seasons Division Two Championship, albeit a team now playing under a different name.

The match began in torrential rain and the Colliers almost fell behind after a couple of minutes play when Felling appeared to have opened the scoring only for the “goal” to be disallowed for offside. Josh Hay then had an effort well saved by the home keeper before Liam Brooks put the Colliers ahead after 25 minutes with a well struck shot into the corner of the net.

Sean Straker in the Shilbottle goal then made a fine save just before the break to ensure his side maintained their single goal advantage at the interval.

The Colliers opened brightly following the restart and it took a tremendous save from the Felling keeper to prevent Ryan Douglas increasing Shilbottle’s advantage from a well struck free kick. However, the Colliers suffered a set back when Felling drew level after 65 minutes with a goal fired in at the back post after Shilbottle failed to clear their lines following a free kick into the box.

The Colliers regained the advantage after 75 minutes when fine play down the left flank from Liam Brooks saw his accurate cross forced home from close range by Josh Hay. Ryan Douglas then struck the bar with a powerful header as the Colliers looked to press home their advantage. The lead was extended on 80 minutes when Josh Hay struck from the edge of the box with a powerful “toe poke”. The Colliers were now in full control and Scott McMullen extended the lead with a fine finish on 85 minutes before Hay scored again just before the end to complete his hattrick.