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FOOTBALL: Clinical Brooks is in the goal again
11:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
Ryan Brooks scored his fourth hat-trick of the season as he helped Ardley United to a 3-0 win at Binfield in Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division on Monday.
Kevin Brock’s side bossed the opening exchanges and took the lead on five minutes.
Dean Smith’s cross was met by Brooks in the box and he beat keeper Matt Watson with a shot into the far corner.
Ardley had a lucky escape five minutes later when Carl Withers broke through, but shot narrowly wide.
That sparked Ardley into action and on ten minutes doubled their lead.
Kelvin McIntosh combined with Jon Gardner. He played a superb pass through to Bro-oks, who made no mistake.
Binfield began the second period in determined mood and had the chance to get a goal back on the hour when Ben Thomas brought down Ryan Millward.
But Ardley keeper Jack Harding produced a brilliant save to to deny Carl Withers from the resulting penalty.
It was Harding who set up Ardley’s third goal.
His long kick was met by Brooks on the right edge of the box and he fired across Watson into the far corner.
Troy Bryan looked certain to make it 4-0 in the 75th minute, but miscued his shot after Steve Howkins’ left-wing cross found him unmarked at the far post.
The home side tried to get back into the game, but found Harding in top form.
On Saturday, Ardley progressed set up an Oxfordshire Senior Cup second-round trip to Clanfield after edging to a 2-1 win at Division 1 West side Easington Sports.
Ardley had a penalty appeal rejected when Stuart Bridges appeared to be fouled in the area. But they went ahead in the 27th minute when Callum Con-vey set up Brooks.
Bridges spurned a chance to double their lead and they paid the price when James McMahon fired past Harding.
The visitors bagged the winner four minutes from time when Troy Bryan was tripped, and Howkins dispatched the resulting penalty.
This Saturday, Ardley host basement boys Abingdon United in the league.