Goths Face Heavy Loss

Real Gothic vs Athletico Gazette

Saturday 28th April 2007

A SUPERB all-round performance from Athletico Gazette saw them thrash Real Gothic 7-1 on Sunday - and you can enjoy some of the highlights of the game by clicking the green button.

 Having battled to a 1-0 win at the infamous Carnage on the Cliff in October, there was to be no repeat of a tight affair as the red and whites tore into their sorry opponents from the off.

 With pace, movement, trickery and vision in abundance up front thanks to Paul "Hurwy" Hurworth and Jon "Slick" Stokoe, the goths' defence was led a merry dance.

 With Liam "Kielty" Kettlewell and Dave "Where's Nookie?" Masters bossing the middle of the park, the wingers in the form of Jonny "Little John" Anderson and Thom "from Brid" Kennedy supplied the ammunition for the forwards as did the marauding defenders Duncan "Armin" Atkins and Carl "Fredmanesque" Gavaghan.

 After Stokoe went close with a couple of close-ish efforts it was Hurworth who put the home side ahead with the aid of deflection.

There was to be no let up in the attacking and Kennedy made it two shortly afterwards.

 Hurworth added a second after Stokoe won the ball in the middle and mesmerised the static goths with his twinkle-toed trickery before he played a superb incisive pass down the left for Anderson to cross in for Hurworth to tap home.

 Gazette chief Holmes joined in the scoring party just after half-time when Hurworth went on a mazy run down the right and rolled the ball across for Ronaldo to shin it home from six centimetres.

 It was not long before the tireless Stokoe finished off a great move by Anderson and Atkins to deservedly tuck home from two yards.

 The goths were handed a dubious penalty shortly afterwards after Kettlewell was adjudged to have handled and some bloke with no hair and black shirt scuffed it home to send the black contingent in the crowd into ecstacy.

 But the goth goal was only a brief respite from the slaughter when Gavaghan got lost and found himself up front by accident and, after being expertly set up by Stokoe, squeezed a weak and bobbly toe-punt past the keeper and just inside the post.

 Kennedy rounded off the scoring with arguably the best goal of the game, firing home from the edge of the box.

To their credit the goths never gave up and were unlucky to hit the bar twice in the closing minutes but Athletico Gazette ran out deserved winners thanks to some tenacious tracking back and Atkins' badly-timed exorcet-stylee tackling.


*Match Report courtesy of The Whitby Gazette