Penistone Church certainly put out their marker last night as they romped to a 7-1 victory at Church View Road against Hall Road Rangers, in front of a healthy crowd of 155.
On the night Nathan Keightley netted a hatrick, then goals from Ash Ellis, Elliot Firth, Sam Scrivens and Kieren Ryan settled the tie which left their Manager delighted.
“Players continue to impress. They were absolutely devastating first-half tonight against a much improved Hall Road Rangers side, who only lost to a single goal against Maltby on Saturday, drew 2-2 with Bottesford and beat Knaresborough. We just blew them away first half. It was some devastating football.”
“The way we adapted to their formation, the way we defended collectively and the speed and the quality we broke at was first class and, again, these players continue to exceed expectations. They continue to break records and achieve huge success and they should be very proud of that.”
“It’s been a great response. It’s three wins out of three. It’s fifteen goals. We can’t do any more than that. It’s incredible really. We’re 97 goals scored this season. We’re averaging three goals a game. We’ve got 51-plus goal difference. We’re in the top five teams nationally at Step 5 for goals scored. People have been entertained to come and watch. That’s why the crowds are so high and that’s why we’re getting on average over 190 per game. Tonight against Hall Road Rangers, they’re obviously not going to bring a lot from Hull, we still had over 150 and it’s a real feel good factor.”
“Obviously we want to win this League but, first and foremost, we’ve done everything the right way. The way, the principles and the values we’ve played with have been first class and it’s credit to the players how they’ve conducted themselves and how they’ve gone about their business. Tonight was another example of that.”
“I still think Hall Road Rangers will stay up. I hope, Bill Gill, that they do, but first we’re just concentrating on ourselves. We’ve got four huge games now; four games with real purpose about them. We’ve got Bottesford and Eccleshill first, who both beat us. We don’t want to get them to do the double over us. Then the last two home games are two real exciting games: Staveley at home and then Yorkshire Amateur at home, two of the best footballing sides in this League.”
“So we’ve got a lot to play for and we want to finish top two. Where we finish in that top two is out of our hands but that’s our target: to finish top two. Tonight has gone a long way towards that and I’m very impressed with individual player performances, for example, Nath getting his hat-trick. His first goal was in play but his movement to get the header, he maybe wouldn’t have done that six/eight months ago. Then obviously other excellent displays tonight and they got the rewards they deserved.”
“We celebrate tonight but we quickly recover, rest and prepare for Bottesford Saturday to make sure we continue this run.”
Ian was talking to the Penistone media team.