Football: Tytherington Rocks increase lead at the top of the table

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Hellenic League Division One West

Tytherington Rocks 3 Hook Norton 1

TYTHERINGTON Rocks moved ten points clear at the top of the table after completing a comfortable win against Hook Norton in their first home game for almost two months.

After only three minutes Rocks were stunned when Hook Norton took the lead when a defensive mix-up allowed Craig Robinson in to lob Rocks keeper Kevin Freeman, who was just off his line and could not get back in time.

It took Rocks sometime to recover from this start, however on 30 minutes Nick Peare was unlucky not to get the equaliser from a free kick just outside the box, which just missed the far post.

Ten minutes later they got the goal they needed when the referee awarded a penalty, taken and converted by Stuart Nelson low to the keeper's right, to send the teams in at half-time on level terms.

The second half started with Rocks now getting more of the ball and after 65 minutes they took the lead when a long ball out of defence was headed on by Tom Andrews into the path of Joe White, who took it forward into the box and shot past his namesake Joe White in the Hook goal to put them 2-1 up.

With Rocks now completely on the offensive they increased their lead in the 79th minute when a corner came to Luke Spearing, whose drive gave the Hook keeper no chance to complete the scoring and ensure that Tytherington go into their final five league games in a commanding position.

Manager Gary Powell stated that the slow start from the team was mainly due to the intermittent games that his team has had due to the many matches that had been cancelled, but felt that as the game went on the team got their rhythm back and looked the most dangerous side.

Rocks' next game is away to Shortwood United Reserves on Saturday, 3pm.

Tytherington Reserves are at home to Avonmouth on Saturday (2.30pm).

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