Lemsford inspired by Jones hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 17:04 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

CHRIS JONES

CHRIS JONES

LEMSFORD opened the year with a bang against Old Parmiterians on Saturday. Striker Chris Jones especially started 2008 on a high as he bagged a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory at Welwyn Playing Fields. The result meant the home side started the new year as th

LEMSFORD opened the year with a bang against Old Parmiterians on Saturday.

Striker Chris Jones especially started 2008 on a high as he bagged a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory at Welwyn Playing Fields.

The result meant the home side started the new year as they ended the last, coming off the back of a 3-1 home win over high-flying Hinton at the end of December.

Lemsford got on top of the Division One game from the off and wingers Matt Harris and David Morris caused the Old Parmiterians defence problems.

Chris Jones and Harris both came close with headers from two Morris crosses. Jones didn't have to wait much longer to claim his first goal of the afternoon though.

After being put through on goal by Danny Pickett, the in-form striker had his initial shot saved but managed to put the ball in the back of the net at the second attempt.

It was a lead Lemsford fully deserved against their opponents from Garston and they didn't stop applying the pressure and Pickett tested the goalkeeper himself with a stinging shot from distance.

It was a quick counter-attack which brought the second Lemsford goal, this time scored by the other half of the side's Jones strike partnership - Matt.

James Chang won the ball on the edge of Lemsford's area and his pass set Morris away. The wide man raced upfield and his blocked shot fell into the path of Matt Jones, who duly steered the ball past the Parmiterians keeper to make it 2-0.

That second goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the away side and Lemsford continued to pepper efforts at the away end.

Simon Chang went close with a header and the two Jones strikers continued to fly efforts in.

Just moments before the interval, Chris Jones netted his second of the game after a Simon Chang clearance landed at his feet with space in front of him. Jones coolly ran through on goal and tucked away his second and Lemsford's third of the game.

With the game as good as won at half-time, the second period was almost an anti-climax. Lemsford took their foot of the pedal and Old Parmiterians had seemingly given up hope of a comeback.

Matt Jones had a good chance to grab another goal but he volleyed wide after Chris Jones had nodded a Morris cross into his path.

Morris himself brought a save out of the goalkeeper and Harris and Kevin Cory were both off target from long-range efforts as the second half failed to live up to an entertaining first from the home side.

The highlight of the second half came when Chris Jones completed his hat-trick. He again picked up a Pickett pass to run through on goal, this time rounding the keeper and tapping into an empty net.

He had the ball in the net for a fourth time but his effort a few minutes later was ruled out for offside. The same fate fell on sub Nick Roll, who also had a goal disallowed.

Parmiterians grabbed a consolation goal from a long-range effort, but by that time the game was as good as over and Lemsford had another three points in the bag.

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