It’s fair to assume that the cash register in Rec-In-Crew bar at Sheerien Park will have been doing a roaring trade in Ribena last night after the Penguins saw off 13th-placed Garforth Town 6-1 in their penultimate Toolstation NCEL Premier Division home game. The result completed a hectic end to Garforth’s season-but Athersley’s hat-trick hero on the night, Kai Hancock still felt that the result had to be earned, writes Colin Muncie.
All the goals came in the first half against a depleted squad, and by the half hour, Rec were 4-1 ahead through Hancock (2 minutes and 29) Lee Garside (13) and Simon Poole (25), with Mitch Hamilton pulling one back for the visitors after 28 minutes. Hancock completed his hat-trick after 36 minutes, and Ben Walker completed the scoring just before the break in front of the 82-strong crowd. The hosts and ten-man Garforth played out a goalless second half.
Kai told the Bootiful Game “ Tonight was a typical end of the season game; nothing to play for, both clubs safe, but fair play to Garforth- they turned up with 11 men after already playing Monday and Tuesday. We knew if we set off bright we’d have a good chance of securing the game early doors -which is exactly what we did”
Kai wasn’t surprised by the low-key second period, but was pleased to see the Official keep their cards firmly in their pockets “ We dropped off second half massively” he admitted “but it’s hard to keep the tempo up against 10 men when you are 6-1 up. Fair play to the officials as well; they didn’t take things too seriously and knew the situation Garforth were in. I think that’s the first game I’ve played in all season and there have been no bookings and not all about the officials – so fair play to them!”
Pontefract visit Athersley on Saturday-but Kai will be otherwise engaged “Another great three points ,and I wish all the lads the best on Saturday against the Champions -as I’m having a nice break!”
The Bootiful Game thanks Kai, Athersley -and the Rec-In-Crew -for their great input this season.