Open Gate enables visitors to claim victory

Ric Seears hat-trick was in vain as Squires Gate were beaten by AFC Liverpool    PICTURE: ALBERT COOPER
Ric Seears hat-trick was in vain as Squires Gate were beaten by AFC Liverpool PICTURE: ALBERT COOPER
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Squires Gate and AFC Liverpool played out a nine-goal thriller on Saturday but it was again Gate who were on the end of the wrong result as they lost 5-4.

Gate got off to the perfect start after soaking up some pressure from the visitors, when they were awarded a penalty eight minutes into the game.

Striker Ric Seear converted with a cheeky chip over the keeper after he was fouled in the box.

It was clear what sort of game this was going to be as Gate enjoyed a let-off two minutes later; a lovely drop of the shoulder from an opposition forward ended with a shot which went narrowly wide.

But just two minutes later the visitors would get their reward as their winger allowed too much time and space to twist and turn before firing low in and off the post.

But as quickly as AFC scored Gate replied in what was an end-to end-game, striker Brett Dawson bearing down on goal before firing low and finding a very tight space between the keeper and the post.

Back came AFC again five minutes later with the visitors’ front three causing Gate problems all game.

This time it was the turn of striker Champion who, much like the first goal, fired hard and low into the corner to beat Josh Woods by inches.

But back again came Gate as a lovely ball over the top found the run of Ric Seear.

He brought the ball down before going past a defender, who went down trying to tackle Seear.

Seear then slotted the ball through the keeper’s legs with defender Michael White inches away from clearing the ball off the line.

Gate couldn’t hold onto their lead until half-time with AFC striking again.

In not coming for the ball Woods allowed the striker to pick it up in the box and fire past the keeper right on half-time.

It’s fair to say that the second half saw both sides tighten up at the back compared to the first.

Unfortunately it was AFC who would create the better chances and deservedly score again on 70 minutes to take the lead.

Winger Belger grabbed his second of the game with an instinctive finish last Woods.

AFC would then grab a second to extend their lead five minutes later – and what a goal it was.

Winger Leamey skipped past four Gate players before passing the ball into the bottom corner.

Gate would grab a goal back in added time after AFC looked to see out the result.

A lovely ball over the top from Joe Noblet found the run of Seear, the striker firing past the keeper to complete his hat-trick; albeit too late for Gate to get another.

The loss leaves Gate still in 15th place, though having played more games than other around them.