Woolnough grabs a hat-trick as Barsham move up the table

Barsham line up before their last home game of the 2016-2017 season against neighbours Ellingham. Ba

Barsham line up before their last home game of the 2016-2017 season against neighbours Ellingham. Back row, left to right: Chris Playford, Keith Hudson, Nick Holmes, Tom Riches, Jamie Ingram, Luke Ellis, Laurie Clarke, James Ruff and chairman Rod Cooper. Front row: Josh Youngs, Jack Gallagher, Josh Woolnough, Lee Squires, Matt King, Ollie Cook, Jimmy Pepperell and John Paul Harlow. Picture: Stuart Holmes - Credit: Archant

Barsham, sponsored by The Butchers Arms, welcomed a sporting Ellingham side to Beef Meadow on another ideal afternoon for football at the weekend.

With several call-offs Barsham manager Nick Holmes relied on the strength in depth of his squad against the league’s bottom side.

With no regular keeper available Barsham had Tom Riches in goal, where he put in a great display.

The Ellingham goalkeeper was superb all game making endless excellent saves. Barsham midfielder Matt King, who has put in some good performances recently, was rewarded by being given the captain’s armband. Lee Squires and Jimmy Pepperell were in the centre of defence with youngsters Josh Youngs and Jamie Ingram in the full-back positions. The Barsham midfield comprised of captain Matt King, Jack Gallagher, Ollie Cook and the hard-working Josh Woolnough. Up front they had the young Luke Ellis and the more experienced Laurie Clarke.

Barsham created several goal scoring chances early on but the keeper saved brilliantly to deny them on four occasions when a goal looked certain. Eventually Josh Woolnough made the breakthrough when he got on the end of a King through ball. Clarke was the next to score when again King was the supplier, his long pass to Clarke was well controlled and after beating his marker, he fired the ball into the net from an acute angle.

Just before half time Barsham gave the visitors hope by gifting them an easy goal.

In the second half Barsham were not at their best but they managed to score two more goals.

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Woolnough scored his second goal when he received the ball from Cook following a good Barsham move. Clarke passed to Josh Woolnough at the far post and he skilfully headed just inside the post to wrap up the game at 4-1 and complete for himself a well-deserved hat-trick.

Both Woolnough and Clarke worked hard up front whilst Squires, Pepperell and Ingram all had good games at the back and Riches did well in goal against the dangerous Ellingham strikers.

The win propelled Barsham up to fourth in the league standings.

Barsham have no game for three weeks now, so have two blank weeks before they play their last game of the season, away to championship-chasing Oulton Broad.