High-fives for Sam as Vics take their revenge
1:18pm Tuesday 12th February 2013 in Other Football
SAM Parkinson put in a five-star performance for league leaders Horwich Victoria, who came from 2-0 down after just four minutes to beat Rossendale Amateurs 7-4 at home.
There was no contest for the man-of-the-match prize after Victoria striker Parkinson led a stirring fightback to bang in five goals in the first half.
Elliott Waugh also slotted one home in the opening 45 to make the score 6-2 by the break.
And while Victoria conceded twice in the final 15 minutes, Luke Skelly sealed all three points with a late tap-in.
“Rossendale held us to a draw earlier in the season, so we were looking for a good start but it turned out the total opposite,” said manager david Walker, who saw his side give away an early penalty immediately after falling behind.
“They were fast out of the blocks and we were very sloppy early on, but we sprang into life and started to play a bit of football after their early goals.”
Parkinson notched his first after 10 minutes and the goals just flooded in from there.
Walker singled out his fourth as the pick of the bunch.
He said: “Good passing out from the back and through midfield resulted in the ball being played out to Parky, who picked it up around 35 yards from goal on the right touchline at full pace.
“He cut inside and in the same movement curled the ball around the defender and right into the top corner from around 25 yards – a fantastic goal.”
Victoria’s fifth successive win moved them into second place on 37 points, four ahead of Old Boltonians, who have three games in hand.
Old Boltonians manager Julian Stevens praised his players’ discipline after they won 3-0 at relegation strugglers Castle Hill.
The home side had one player sent off for violent conduct before the end of the first half and escaped a second red card for deliberate handball in the box on the half hour.
“The match officials gave us the penalty and should have sent someone off,” Stevens said, “but because there was a scramble on the line they couldn’t decide exactly who handled the ball.”
Josh Melling double Old Bolts’ advantage from the spot after Rob Taylor had headed home a James Kinsley cross on 20 minutes.
The 10 men of Castle Hill held out until five minutes from time, when Old Bolts substitute Chris Neasham calmly rounded the keeper to slot home the visitors’ third.
“My players put in a very disciplined performance in the face of some very strong tackling,” said Stevens.
“At half time, I told them not to get involved in any of the rough stuff. They kept their heads to kill the game off, and in the end we footballed them to death.”
Reigning champions Castle Hill remain second-bottom, in the relegation places.
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