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REPORT: Dronfield see off basement side with ease

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

Dronfield Town saw off basement side East Hull in comfortable fashion by 5-0 on a blustery afternoon at the HE Barnes Stadium. The Humbersiders had endured a wretched season to date and Dronfield compounded their misery while climbing up to eleventh in the Northern Counties East League Division One table.

Many predicted a rout as East Hull lost 11-2 to league leaders Selby Town a fortnight ago and it looked like the prediction might come true as Dronfield took the lead in the fourth minute. Matty Ord jinked down the right hand side into the box and squared for Jamie Willis, who tucked his shot neatly inside the far post for a 1-0 advantage.

East Hull managed a useful effort on target in the 14th minute. Isah Courage’s volley just inside the box being expertly batted away by Dronfield captain and keeper Lewis Naylor.

However, Dronfield extended their lead on 22 minutes. Dangerman Ord held the ball up well at the top of the area before playing a neat ball inside to Mark Fereday, who made no mistake from 12 yards out.

The game at times descended into scrappiness but Dronfield continued to dominate possession; Billy Wright’s cross-cum-shot fizzing across the East Hull goalmouth in the 39th minute.

Right on the stroke of half time, Ord’s deflected shot skimmed the outside of the post after Wright’s persistence had kept the ball in play.

The second half began in uptempo fashion for Dronfield too. Charlie Stewart’s 20 yard free-kick just skipped past Rahim Russell’s post a minute after the restart and the lead became three just four minutes later.

Ord’s 20 yard left footed drive skipped across the turf past a despairing Russell to make it 3-0 with Dronfield now playing with the wind.

Town withdrew Ord, Willis and Fereday in view of their mammoth schedule of 8 games in 24 days to come and it allowed substitute Callum Mawbey’s piledriver to be spilled by Russell in the 75th minute, Chappell putting the follow-up wide.

The fourth goal came in the 82nd minute. Stewart’s 20 yard effort being deflected past Russell by Hull skipper Gary Driscoll.

And Dronfield completed a comprehensive win in the 85thminute. A long ball forward was well controlled by Danny Wood, who raced on and finished comfortably past Russell to make it five.

A satisfactory afternoon’s work for Chris Milington’s men, who now welcome league leaders Selby Town to the HE Barnes Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Dronfield Town: Naylor, Wright, Stewart, Sezerano, Mintoft, Pugh, Flower, Willis, Fereday, Wood, Ord.

East Hull: Russell, Braz, Timmons, Watts, Noon, Driscoll, Nzayadio, Roper, Swash, Ward, Courage.

Attendance: 62

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