Hoops left stunned as Clarets in seventh heaven

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'The Foxhall team.'Back L-R Ellis Lavery, Nathaniel Grimshaw, Declan Bonney, Marcus Eeley, Daniel Smith, Jack Jennings and Corey Lomax.'Front L-R Tyler Lomax, Jericho Hollamby, Robert Foulis, Daniel Horne and Leon Holmes.
Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'The Foxhall team.'Back L-R Ellis Lavery, Nathaniel Grimshaw, Declan Bonney, Marcus Eeley, Daniel Smith, Jack Jennings and Corey Lomax.'Front L-R Tyler Lomax, Jericho Hollamby, Robert Foulis, Daniel Horne and Leon Holmes.
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Thanks to the Hoops and Clarets for staging Sunday’s fixture and stepping in as a last-minute match of the week after our intended match at Thornton fell victim to the weekend downpours.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Layton Clarets team.' Back L-R Adam Reekie, Daryll Erskine, James McDonald, Joe Lonsdale, Bradley Smith, Shay Ward and James Baxter.' Front L-R Adam Hendersoin, Josh Richmond, Jacob Giddins, Cameron Bentley, Matty Langford and Lee Myers.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Layton Clarets team.' Back L-R Adam Reekie, Daryll Erskine, James McDonald, Joe Lonsdale, Bradley Smith, Shay Ward and James Baxter.' Front L-R Adam Hendersoin, Josh Richmond, Jacob Giddins, Cameron Bentley, Matty Langford and Lee Myers.

With hindsight, though, only one of these two teams is glad this match went ahead.

The Clarets soon took a grip on proceedings with an early goal, and a dominant first half left the visitors five up at the break.

Credit to Foxhall, though, for battling on with spirit and determination, restricting Layton to two goals in the second half.

No doubt the star of the show was Layton’s Joe Lonsdale, who scored the rather fortunate early goal but went on to complete an excellent hat-trick.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s' Layton's Adam Henderson and Foxhall's Jack Jennings battle for possession.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s' Layton's Adam Henderson and Foxhall's Jack Jennings battle for possession.

Midfielder Lonsdale may not have known a great deal about that opener, when a clearance off the line struck him and cannoned in. However, he went on to complete his treble in style.

Joe’s second was probably the pick of the seven goals, a splendid finish from a ball over the top.

It wasn’t the Hoops’ day. Keeper Marcus Eeley made an excellent penalty save only to see the rebound fired past him.

The other scorers for the Clarets were Matty Langford, Adam Henderson, James McDonald and Chris Dzeigel.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Layton's Jacob Giddins and Foxhall's Robert Foulis.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Layton's Jacob Giddins and Foxhall's Robert Foulis.

Despite many postponements in the surrounding area, the pitch held up very well and both managers said conditions were as good as they could have hoped for.

The Hoops are making progress, though it’s still a learning curve for new manager Paul Boydell.

“I’ve only been in charge three weeks, since the previous manager stepped down because of work commitments,” he explained.

“I usually do the Under-9s on a Saturday morning, so I had Sundays free and was happy to step in.”

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s Layton score the opening goal.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s Layton score the opening goal.

They now have a break to work on the training ground before the league resumes on January 3.

And Clarets boss Steve Smith will certainly enjoy the holidays after Sunday’s performance: “It was only our third win, but the lads all get a game and it’s good to get a win. We’ll enjoy our Christmas party after that,” he said.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Layton's Matty Langford on the ball.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Layton's Matty Langford on the ball.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Foxhall's Ellis Lavery.

Foxhall Hoops v Layton Clarets U14s'Foxhall's Ellis Lavery.