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Football: Tom Fenwick treble gives Pickering Town a timely lift
3:17pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Sport
TOM FENWICK’S hat-trick gave Pickering Town a 4-1 win over Hall Road Rangers and three much-needed Northern Counties East League premier division points.
Without regular strike duo Liam Salt and Steve Baxter, boss Jimmy Reid’s decision to start Fenwick paid huge dividends – as his Pikes side overran a very poor Rangers outfit at the Recreation Ground.
Reid was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, but the result moved his side up into 15th in the table, with last night’s derby at Tadcaster Albion postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Hall Road actually started the better and Martin Thacker, joint-player/manager, racked up the first two chances. The first went over the crossbar, the second was well saved by Pikes goalkeeper Arran Reid.
Fenwick replied for the home side on 11 minutes but his weak finish, set up by Liam Shepherd, was easily saved.
But Joe Danby opened the scoring on 17 minutes, running on and finishing superbly from Dean Craig’s through ball. It was 2-0 four minutes later as Fenwick got his first, following good work by Ged Dalton.
And it was a three-goal advantage on 35 minutes as Fenwick finished off a flowing move involving Dalton, Shepherd and Lewis Taylor.
Jonathan Slater pulled one back within two minutes, converting a penalty after Tom Reid was judged by referee Colin Whitaker to have pushed Andrew Coverdale, but Pickering continued their dominance after the break.
Fenwick completed his hat-trick after 59 minutes when he finished off a move involving Danby and Shepherd.
Reid said he was pleased with his side’s overall performance, but would have preferred a clean sheet, although he added that a set-piece was the only way he could see the visitors getting on the scoresheet.
Pickering: A Reid, T Reid, Readman (Gowan 71), Turnbull, Sturdy, Craig, Dalton, Taylor (Connor 65), Fenwick (Rivis 61), Dandy, Shepherd. Sub not used: Baxter. Crowd: 125.
On Saturday, Pickering go to Thackley in the NCEL premier division.
Meanwhile, at the recent home game against Lincoln Moorlands Railway, the Pikes organised a collection in memory of loyal supporter and former committee member Geoff Corney who died during the summer. Corney was also a former Town Mayor of Pickering in 1987-88.
The club received a letter of thanks from Corney’s wife Maria and family thanking them for the £250 donation which will go towards a treatment couch at the Pickering Surgery.