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9:30am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
MALVERN Radar rediscovered their winning ways in front of a sizeable home crowd at Victoria Park to beat The Bell @ Pensax 5-1 in the Katherine Rayer Cup.
Radar attacked from the off and, when Louis Loader picked out Ricky Buckland on the edge of the area in the first minute, his looping header found the corner of the net.
Three minutes later, an excellent driving run and cross from Sam Daffin found Phil Harris unmarked in the box. His first time effort gave the keeper no chance and Radar had an early grip on the game.
An injury to Aaron Richards forced the introduction of Jack Macintosh into the back four, giving Radar even more attacking options, and after 20 minutes Buckland latched on to a probing ball from Matt Cole to make it 3-0.
Playing with the slope, The Bell, who currently unbeaten at the top of Division One of the McDonalds Worcester Sunday League, started to get back into the match and they pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.
Radar started the secondhalf slowly and allowed the visitors far too much possession and Bell went close on several occasions.
However, the Premier Division side’s nerves settled and Buckland completed a superb hat-trick, finishing neatly after an incisive through-ball from Harris.
A minute later, man-of-thematch Harris went on a mazy run and set up Radar’s rampaging right back Macintosh, who finished in style to complete a convincing victory.
Radar will look to carry this form into Sunday’s league game when they visit local rivals Colwall.
- In the McDonald’s Worcester and District Football League Saturday Division, leaders WCT Raiders had a comfortable 5-0 win against Malvern Hills, Chris Newman and Tom Hobbs both notching doubles, while Arrow 2000 goal-machine George Martin scored eight times as his side demolished Worcester Anchors 10-3.
New Inn put 12 goals past Martley without reply, Jon Mann, Jamie Lambert and Duncan Edwards all grabbed hat-tricks.
Daniel Harding-Hall went one better, finding the net four times as Arrow 2000 beat Callow End 6-2.
In Division One, there were two goals each for Simon Busby of Goodrest Juniors who beat Hallow Village 3-2 and Mark Bennett in CMB Sports 2-1 win against Kempsey.
There were hat-tricks for Lee and Dean Barmby of Hangover who thumped Cutnall Green 9-2 in Division Three.
In Division Four, Will Horton hit a treble for leaders Pillar of Salt Korono who won 6-1 at Talbot, as did Ryan Mapp in Hallow Reserves 3-1 success at Spa Gas in Division Five.
In the Katherine Rayer Cup, Upton Snodsbury hammered Hallow 7-0, Justin Ballinger netting four times and Ash Millard notching a hat-trick.
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