Free-scoring H&W hit form
PUBLISHED: 18:44 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010
By Simon Jackson HAMPSTEAD & Westminster bagged 10 goals and won both games in their EHL Premier League and EHA cup double-header at the weekend. Dan Fox s men were forced to settle for a 1-0 victory when they beat Bowdon in the league in Altrincham after
By Simon Jackson
HAMPSTEAD & Westminster bagged 10 goals and won both games in their EHL Premier League and EHA cup double-header at the weekend.
Dan Fox's men were forced to settle for a 1-0 victory when they beat Bowdon in the league in Altrincham after dominating throughout.
But the Paddington Rec outfit quickly reaped the rewards of their attacking style of play in Bristol the next day when they trounced Bristol-based Firebrands 9-1 in the cup, with Jono Holt and Edward Perry each bagging a hat-trick.
The emphatic victory delighted new coach Todd Williams, whose men had been beaten in both of their previous league encounters this season.
"We were very pleased to get the win against Bowdon and to do it at their place," said Williams. "We are starting our games a lot better now, following the defeats to Reading and Surbiton.
"It is just a matter of stitching it all together and although two wins do not mean it is all stitched together perfectly now, they were good games to have won. We have just been trying to get better with each week."
H&W attacked from the outset on Saturday, but the scoreline stayed blank at the break due to a combination of solid defence and poor finishing.
But the deadlock didn't last and immediately after the restart, when H&W were awarded a free hit from 25 metres out and the ball was thumped forward to Will Naylor, who was perfectly positioned to score.
Despite enjoying the bulk of possession, the visitors failed to add to their tally - but H&W quickly made amends for the glut of missed chances when they took on Firebrands in the EHA Cup in Bristol.
David Eakins opened the scoring from open play and netted minutes later, again from open play, for a 2-0 lead.
New boy Jaime Gonzalez-Laguillo Garcia followed up with his first goal since arriving from Spain at the start of the season and Jono Holt netted for a commanding 4-0 half-time lead.
The visitors were rocked when Firebrands scored soon after the restart, but that was as good as it got for the home side when Holt completed his hat-trick, netting twice from open play.
Edward Perry capped a memorable day for himself and the Londoners when he bagged a hat-trick.
H&W squad: Fox, Holt, Collins, Bevan, Chima, Cooper, Williamson, Eakins, Gonzalez-Laguillo, Naylor, Perry, Roberts, Phillips, Scanlon, Swainson, Walsh, Beard.