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Bartestree hammer nine to punish Tenbury United in West Midlands Division Two
5:40pm Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport
Tenbury United 0 Bartestree 9.
BOSS Dave Cadwallader was on Cloud Nine after Bartestree’s goal-blitz - but he felt his side should have doubled their tally against eight-man Tenbury.
The fourth-placed Herefordshire side dominated Saturday’s West Midlands League Division Two clash at Palmer’s Meadow in which Tenbury had THREE players red-carded in the first-half.
Referee Barry Priest dismissed United striker Mike Foster for a rash 11th-minute challenge which led to Tom Davies hobbling off.
And Tenbury were reduced to nine men when Gavin Podmore was sent-off for a professional foul in the 42nd minute.
It got worse for the hosts seconds later when ex-Wellington defender Aaron Morris was red-carded for a late challenge on the edge of his own box.
Mark Langford had a memorable afternoon for Bartestree, scoring four times, while his brother Miles and defender Mark Avery both bagged braces.
Danny Hill also scored for Bartestree, who led just 2-0 at the interval but took full advantage of gaping holes in the United defence to hit four goals in the final 13 minutes.
Cadwallader said: “I was very pleased with the win - the sending-offs made a big difference to the game.
“We kept plugging away and found the back of the net which is important at this stage of the season. I was a bit disappointed because I thought we could have doubled our tally.”
Bartestree were good value for their victory, which sets them up nicely for this Saturday’s home game with Riverway, and keeps them just one point off top spot.
Hill fired a clear-cut chance wide before Mark Langford’s neat finish put Bartestree 1-0 ahead.
However, the dismissal of Tenbury’s play-maker Foster for a poor challenge on Davies was key for the hosts, particularly as the striker looked full of running.
Langford headed in the second goal, following a fine cross from Alan Horsfield, and when Tenbury had Podmore and Morris red-carded before the break, the game was up for the hosts.
Hill got on the scoresheet early in the second-half, firing into the top corner of the net after waltzing into the Tenbury penalty area.
Mark Avery’s angled drive put Bartestree 4-0 ahead before Langford completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being tripped by Sam Williams. Tenth-placed Tenbury rarely got out of their half after the break but Nicky Stocker almost reduced the deficit when his 71st-minute free-kick rattled the bar.
Bartestree completed the rout with four goals in the final 13 minutes to put the seal on their sixth win in 12 league matches.
Manager Cadwallader said: “For once I actually agreed with a referee – he didn’t have much choice but to send off the Tenbury players. I thought they were all straight red cards.
“At half-time I told the players to keep their heads and play at a high tempo in the second-half and I thought we did OK.”
Tenbury’s player-manager, Colin Powell, thought his side did well to keep the score down to nine goals.
“We did quite well to keep the score down to single figures,” he said.
MATCH FACTS Tenbury United: Baldwin, Smith, Farrar, Podmore, Aaron Morris, Oliver, Powell, Stocker, Foster, Williams, Ryan Morris.
Bartestree: Wargent, Wargen, Avery, Horsefield, Davies, Mark Langford, Upcott, Cooper, Hill, Miles Langford, Dreweski. Subs: Jones, Freddi, Tabb, Matland, Cadwallader.
Referee: Barry Priest (West Mids). Sent off: Tenbury: Foster, 11 min, foul; Podmore, 42 min, foul; Aaron Morris, 43 min, foul.
Booked: Bartestree - Wargen,71 min, foul.
Star man: Mark Langford (Bartestree).
Match rating: HHHKK