Moulton Harrox make progress in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup after defeating Nettleham
Moulton Harrox produced a five-star performance to ensure their progress in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup on Saturday.
A brace from Ian Bradbury plus goals from Dec Earth, Liam Gardner and Reif Clarke defeated Lincolnshire League side Nettleham at Broad Lane.
It was a fine all-round performance from Bobby Patterson and Tim Cole's side as they produced a display which has been coming after back-to-back league wins in recent weeks.
Patterson said: "They were a big, physical side like we expected them to be but our lads did really well.
"We coped well when they had any pressure and our back four were really good.
"We looked really good going forward and like we were capable of scoring every time we attacked which was pleasing.
"It was the performance that we had been waiting for. We had put the game to bed by half-time which gave the team confidence."
The opening 25 minutes of the contest was a battle for supremacy in the atrocious conditions but Harrox started to get on top and broke the deadlock with a tidy finish from Bradbury.
A second goal then followed soon after as the ball was played out to Earth who connected with a first-time strike that flew into the roof of the Nettleham net from the edge of the box.
The match was then effectively sealed just before half-time when Gardner cut in from the right and fizzed home a cracking strike from distance into the bottom corner.
Harrox continued to push for more goals after the break while making changes to give their substitutes game-time.
The prolific Bradbury took another chance with aplomb to make it four before substitute Clarke burst down the wing and beat two players before firing home from an acute angle.
Harrox now turn their attentions back to the Peterborough League Premier Division this weekend with a trip to face Stamford Bels.
Patterson added: "We are now starting to get a settled side and hopefully availability is becoming less of an issue.
"The pleasing thing about Saturday was that we could get our substitutes on so they could make a difference and be involved."
Moulton Harrox Under 18s made it back-to-back wins in Division One of the Peterborough Youth League after a 5-0 home win over Wisbech St Mary Purple on Sunday.
Harrox had won 5-3 in their opening game against Park Farm Pumas before a hat-trick from Jack Greenacre laid the foundations for Sunday’s success.
Adam Crane and Alfie Woodward were also on target for Harrox to travel to Stamford to face Blackstones this weekend.