Last time out Cullingworth stole a share of the points thanks to a chipped goal late in the second half. I say stole, but there are worse thieves out there… more on that later though.
Straight from kick off Cullingworth were on the attack and whether they caught The Revs cold or not, took the lead within the first minute. Evans did his best to try clear on the line but the finish was a good one in the end.
It sparked The Revs into action though and wave after wave of attack came Cullingworth’s way. Cullingworth had no answer, all they proceeded to do was loft the ball high up the pitch hoping their big man could turn the defence. However, Tyman headed everything he could in that first half, there was no getting past the defence and they resorted to long range efforts.
Meanwhile, up the other end of the pitch, Hartrick was showing them a masterclass in striker play. And once released by Beardall from out wide, there was no stopping him as he scored a brilliant goal to make it 1-1.
It wasn’t long before his and The Revs next one went in after Hartrick was fed by Steane who then turned and twisted the defender in knots before emphatically putting the ball in the goal.
However, that was as good as it got in the first half. There were plenty of half chances and near misses but The Revs could not put the game to bed.
As a result, early in the second half, The Revs were punished for this when the defence backed off from their attacker who hit and hope. Normally Myers would swallow these up, but this time the ball squirmed out of his arms and he could do nothing but watch as the ball slowly crept over the line for 2-2.
Surely history would not repeat itself again?
D. Pinkstone won a free kick and everyone was a little static in the opposition box, so Evans made a late run. The first touch was great to take the defender out of the equation and with a not so big gap to aim for Evans unleashed his shot.
This is where the daylight robbery comes in. Evans, on one hell of a goal drought, had finally created the space and placed a perfect shot for his first goal. But Steane, loitering at the back post, decided to smash the ball in just before it crossed the line to make it 3-2. Evans had his goal stolen! STOLEN!! The police were quickly called in and Steane was carted away.
He will now serve a 20 stretch.
Anyway, after that the movement and flow and goals came back and Cullingworth could not live with it. Beardall was finding a ton of space out wide and given plenty of time to look up and pick out a player. D. Pinkstone was running at the defence and causing all kinds of problems. Tyman was surging into the box with the ball and putting in dangerous passes and Hartrick was linking play up expertly.
Meanwhile at the back Evans was enjoying his defensive duties snuffing out potential danger and Myers distribution was on key as the attack began from the back every time.
Another goal followed when Tyman put a stinging cross into the box only to see the keeper turn it into his own net. Soon afterwards Steane stretched his legs down the flank to play D. Pinkstone in for a nice finish at the near post to truly take control of the game.
The finishing touch was put on by Hartrick late on to seal an emphatic victory with his hatrick. A long ball up the pitch by Evans found Hartrick who still had work to do. The centre back had no chance though as Hartrick turned him inside out to create the space needed to smash into the far corner.
6-2, game over and 18th point won. It means The Revs stretch away from the pack below and remain on the coat tails of those above.
A fantastic performance, especially second half, when The Revs upped it a gear or two. It was great to watch and be a part of.