Tashi's treble seals derby win
Phoenix Sports 2-3 The Mead
Just a couple of weeks after edging Phoenix Sports in a thrilling Velocity Trophy tie at Princes, the Mead did it again to end our mini winless run as Tashi-Jay Kwayie's first hat-trick for the club earned three points after another derby thriller.
Didn't start too well for the Mead though as Barham continued his recent rich vein of scoring form by putting Sports ahead in the first five minutes as the home side took advantage of a defensive slip.
The visitors responded almost instantly and Richard Avery will have been disappointed to see a powerful header from a corner not hit the target. The Mead though were level by the quarter hour as debutant Tobi Ajala's great cross was brilliantly headed home at the near post by a flying Tashi. The Mead's young striker ten minutes later then rammed the visitors into the lead as he got on the end of Tom O'Connor's brilliant surging run to the by line.
Tom was then denied his own goal by a fine save from Phoenix keeper Phillips from his curling effort before Lewis Carey chalked up another magnificent save to add to his growing list for the season as he brilliantly denied Taylor's volley from Barham's whipped centre.
Tashi was somehow denied his hat-trick in the opening minutes of the second half as he got on the end of Paul Vines' fine through ball and after prodding the ball past the advancing Phillips, looked on in frustration as the ball hit the inside of the left post and bounced out to safety and to the great relief of the home side. It was though a relief that didn't last long as on the hour, Tom threaded the ball through to Tashi, and this time he made no mistake to complete his hat-trick. It could have got even better on 67 minutes but Phillips pulled off a really fine save to deny the rampant strikers header.
The home side did manage to pull a second goal back twelve minutes from time - Barham nipping in at the front post to power home from a corner - but despite having a lot of the ball, Lewis was rarely troubled and the Mead had their third League win of the season.
THE MEAD - Carey, Brand, McIntyre, Kinch, Smith, Avery, Ajala, O'Connor, Vines (Mendy), Kwayie (Teniola), Green
Subs - Denny, Luchford, Ovenden