Saints end long losing streak with seven goal rout

Snow-covered pitch at Beechwood Park, Holmfield.
Snow-covered pitch at Beechwood Park, Holmfield.

Division Two side St Columbus ended a run of seven straight defeats with a comprehensive 7-1 beating of Ovenden Phoenix in the only Ziggys Metro Cars Halifax Sunday League clash to escape last weekend’s big freeze.

Saints started confidently and created several chances through Andy Sandell, Barry Richardson and Jack Wilkinson.

They finally secured the breakthrough with fine inter-passing allowing Wilkinson to unleash a shot with his weaker left foot which flew into the top corner. Ahmed Yehyah then doubled the advantage, slipping the ball under Sam Whitaker in the Ovenden goal,

Ovenden almost pulled one back when Adam Raynor’s shot came back of the post after which the same player saw a goalbound header cleared off the line by Jack Wilkinson.

Saints went back up the other end and Barry Richardson opened his account to make it 3-0 at the break.

The visitors started the second half as they had the first and midway through the half Wilkinson grabbed his second with a low strike into the bottom corner.

Saints had Ovenden on the back foot leaving player/manager Martyn Brown a spectator in the Columbus goal.

Yehyah then went on to beat several players and claim his second with Richardson stretching the advantage with a low strike into the bottom corner.

Ovenden were still fighting to grab a goal which they did through a brilliant through ball from their man of match Patrick Hellowell to set up Rayner to go round Brown and slide the ball into the empty net.

With 10 minutes left the outstanding Wilkinson grabbed his hat-trick with a wonderful strike past the helpless Whitaker to put the game, which was well-refereed by Mike Sharman, to bed.