Gallery: Bakare shoots down Jets

PUBLISHED: 16:44 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

Pictures by LOUISA EMERY

Pictures by LOUISA EMERY

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Welwyn Garden City 5 Oxhey Jets 0 STRIKER Michael Bakare hit a fabulous first-half hat-trick as WGC claimed an emphatic 5-0 win over Oxhey Jets on Saturday. It was a stark change of fortune for the Citizens

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division

Welwyn Garden City 5 Oxhey Jets 0

STRIKER Michael Bakare hit a fabulous first-half hat-trick as WGC claimed an emphatic 5-0 win over Oxhey Jets on Saturday.

It was a stark change of fortune for the Citizens, who prior to the weekend had lost five consecutive South Midlands League games.

Bakare opened the scoring after receiving a Dan Griggs ball over the top. He shrugged off his marker and clipped the ball past the keeper.

He added his and WGC's second soon after in similar circumstances as his pace continued to worry Jets.

This time Alex Kinsley's through ball found the speedy forward, who again got away from a defender to slide a shot into the back of the Oxhey net.

Former Hertford player Bakare then turned provider. He collected a Griggs pass and this time, as he was in a wider position, squared for Ben Cain to tap in.

Already three up, it seemed City were at last destined to record an overdue victory.

That was made virtually certain as Bakare wrapped up his hat-trick before the interval.

Griggs crossed into the box but his ball in hit the crossbar and fell to Bakare to slot home number four.

WGC were reduced to 10 men after the break when full-back Rickelle Christian was sent off for clashing with an opponent off the ball.

The hosts reverted to a 3-5-1 formation to fill the midfield and tie up the game.

Playing on the counter-attack, WGC still threatened and made it five late on.

Cain picked up the ball in a wide position from a breakaway and crossed for Kinsley, who fired in from the edge of the box to round off a fine result.

The 5-0 victory clearly came as a relief to WGC manager Howard Cowley, who had seen his team lose five in a row.

"It was an excellent response. We have been given a bit of a battering lately and we needed to get back on track," he said.

"To be 4-0 up at half-time and not down like we were against Beaconsfield was obviously pleasing."

The one sour note for the Herns Lane club was the sending off of defender Christian.

Cowley had no complaints about the referee's second-half decision.

"Rickelle lashed out and was rightly red carded. He was very upset by it and it is something he will learn from," said the City boss.

Three points left WGC in 14th position in the league table, having played 25 games.

City will do well to get something out of their match on Saturday when they face a difficult trip to third-placed Biggleswade Town.

The promotion-chasers claimed a 2-1 win at Herns Lane when the two clubs met in the league last November.

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