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Hat-trick ace Jamie in tribute to partner
2:06pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
HAT-TRICK hero Jamie Welch paid tribute to strike partner Dan Herbert after they fired Ledbury Town to an emphatic 6-2 success over Hereford Lads Club.
Welch and Herbert have formed a formidable partnership and were influential in giving new manager Paul Mann a winning start at New Street.
The duo shared five goals in the West Midlands League Division One derby victory which moved Ledbury into the top five.
Welch, who scored 45 last season, believes Ledbury’s forward line are a match for most teams at the level.
“Dan and I have been playing together for more than 10 years,” said 34-year-old Welch.
“We used to play Sunday football for Ledbury Allstars and have a very good understanding. We have both got eight goals so far this season.
“Dan, Neil Gardiner, Tom Boyle and I are a strong front four. But, if it wasn’t for my team-mates, I would not be scoring.”
Herbert put Ledbury in front, heading in Gardiner’s cross.
Lads Club deservedly drew level when Jordan Burke tapped in a far-post centre.
But Welch restored Ledbury’s lead, nodding in Boyle’s cross, and then scored again six minutes into the second-half from Scott Roberts’ centre.
Boyle drilled in a long-range shot to put them 4-1 up but Lads Club reduced the arrears through Adam Newbury’s curling free-kick.
But Welch completed his treble in the 83rd minute after fine work from Boyle.
Steve Dixon added to Lads Club’s agony, firing a penalty wide, before the impressive Dean Corbett set up the final goal for Herbert. Ledbury visit sixth-placed Trysull tomorrow (3pm).
Meanwhile, the reserves drew 1-1 at Orleton Colts in Herefordshire League Division One with Mark Hill scoring.
Ledbury host lowly Hinton Reserves in the Jock Handley Cup first round tomorrow (2pm).
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