Watts' fine hat-trick helps Barometrics stay unbeaten
FC BAROMETRICS 8 CHALFORD 1
STRIKER Jack Watts scored a superb hat-trick as FC Barometrics came from behind to beat Chalford and maintain their unbeaten start to the season in Northern Senior League Division Two.
The home side started the game slowly, failing to get their passing game going.
They were punished on 14 minutes when a misplaced pass by Jack Hadland gave possession to the visitors and despite Hadland's efforts to win the ball back, a neat one-two meant the forward was in on goal and he put the visitors ahead.
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Baros then tried to get themselves going, but were still searching for that moment of quality to ignite them.
It came on 20 minutes when following a cleared corner Hadland found himself on the right and his cross was turned in by midfielder Mark Connolly to draw Baros level.
It was Hadland's last act to atone for his error as he was forced off with a back injury and Pete Bailey replaced him.
Steve Cleal's side then started to play, moving the ball and looking to get in behind the Chalford defence.
Watts found himself through on goal, but some superb defending meant he was unable to get his shot away.
Craig Jones was next to go close when he got on the end of Jamie Lock's cross but he headed over from eight yards.
Baros did take the lead when Jones, Watts, Ben Maguire and Connolly combined to set free Kyle Knott and he poked the ball home from close range.
Watts himself then scored his first when he beat the offside trap when played through by Connolly and he made no mistake sliding the ball into the corner.
Chalford were finding it hard to see any of the ball but Jones and Watts missed good chances to extend the lead.
Early in the second half, Jones came close again when certain to score as his header came back of the post.
Cleal made his second change of the match replacing Jones with Andy Keveren and the striker was soon involved.
The ball played up to him and his lay-off was smashed into the net on the half volley by Watts for his second of the game.
Keveren then got on the score sheet when Chalford failed to clear a corner and in the scramble he swivelled and fired home from eight yards as Baros were in complete control and in full flow.
Knott grabbed his second of the game following some good link-up play with Watts as he drilled the ball into the net from the edge of the area.
In the final stages of the match with Baros looking dangerous on each attack man of the match Watts completed his hat-trick when played in by Maguire and he lobbed the advancing keeper to make it 7-1 before substitute Lewis Peters, who had replaced Gary Cornwall, completed the rout when Keveren unselfishly squared the ball when through on goal allowing him to finish from close range.
Cleal said: "I was disappointed in the way we started the game and I let the lads know at half-time but to be in complete control of a football match for 70 minutes I can't complain too much.
"This win sets us up for the break next Saturday and the small matter of the Reg Davis Cup final on Wednesday (against Minsterworth at Slimbridge's Wisloe Road), but all my praise and my final words go to Jack Watts who is developing as a player all the time and his three goals today were very different but showed the ability he has."