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Moulton Harrox produced a rousing second half display to record their fourth successive victory on Saturday.

They hit three goals in 10 second half minutes after missing a penalty moments earlier to defeat Stamford Bels in the Peterborough League Premier Division match at Welland Academy.

Bels had hit the front in the opening period with Harrox then equalising through Ash Coddington before they had Josh Ford red-carded.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52143990)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52143990)

Dec Earth saw his penalty saved early in the second half before new signing Billy Smith marked his debut with the goal that put Harrox ahead.

A sublime long distance strike from the impressive Gary Chappell further increased the lead before Earth sealed the success with another cracking finish.

Joint manager Bobby Patterson said: "I was disappointed with the first half-an-hour because we didn't play very well and allowed them to get into it.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144033)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144033)

"But, after half-time, it was probably the best we have played all season, especially with 10 men.

"It showed a lot of character from the players and it's a game that we might have lost at the start of the season.

"I think we have got a bit more about us now and it's all about building momentum."

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144036)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144036)

Moulton had made the trip to face their newly-promoted hosts without striker Ian Bradbury who had picked up an injury playing Sunday football.

There was little to choose between the two sides in the opening exchanges before Bels took the lead as Harrox failed to clear a free-kick into the box and Kieran Duffy-Weekes bundled home the first goal.

The lead was short-lived though as Coddington converted a fine header from a corner to bring Harrox back on level terms.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144039)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144039)

Ford was then sent off after retaliating to a late challenge and it needed a fine save from goalkeeper Ant Murphy to keep the scores even going into half-time.

Harrox changed their shape at the break to keep the contest compact and they were awarded a penalty in their first attack in the opening minute.

Earth was brought down and picked himself up to take the resultant spot kick that was saved by home goalkeeper Keenan Murphy.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52143994)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52143994)

Harrox then introduced Smith for the former Wisbech and Holbeach player's first match in 18 months.

And he made an immediate impact by firing home a free-kick into the bottom corner within five minutes of his arrival to put Harrox ahead.

Moulton then scored their third two minutes later as home goalkeeper Murphy came out to clear his lines which was collected by Chappell on the halfway line and he marked a superb personal display by controlling the ball and hitting it straight back into the top corner of the net.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144002)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144002)

Harrox were now buoyant and added their fourth goal shortly after as Earth received the ball out wide and cut inside before unleashing a super strike that flew into the top corner.

It effectively killed the contest and Harrox were able to safely negotiate the final stages of the match to secure a fine away win.

They are now up to fourth place in the table ahead of this weekend's home match with Stamford Lions.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144005)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144005)

Harrox's reserve team completed a good day for the club on Saturday as they defeated Deeping Rangers' second string 6-1 at Broad Lane.

Matt Rose hit a hat-trick with Martin Sandall scoring twice and Keith England also on target for Kev Nottingham's side.

Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144011)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144011)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144017)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144017)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144025)
Action from Stamford Bels' match with Moulton Harrox on Saturday. Photo: David Pearson (52144025)


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