McGovern hits seven as St Ignatius are crushedDickie Davies Monday, December 17, 2001 22:32 GMT
Paul McGovern scored a record seven goals in a record result as Wellhouse tore St Ignatius apart beating them twelve one. It was a result that never really looked in doubt, even though Ignatius did try and catch Wellhouse on the back foot after pulling it back to two one early in the first half.
Andy Feeny returned to the starting line up, with Simon Firmin pushing back in to midfield, Simon Firth beginning his suspension making way for him. Dave Sheard was dropped to the bench as Chris Graham returned to the starting line up to partner McGovern up front, and Andy Parkin started at left back with Andy White unavailable.
The pitch wasn't in the best condition, very soft and dug up in patches, but it didn't stop Wellhouse getting stuck in to their task. They started well going two goals up early on from Gledhill and a good run and finish from Parkin. Then Ignatius pulled one back with a great strike from twenty five yards out. The ball beating Firth easily as it rattled in to the top corner. Wellhouse then restored the two goal deficit as Gledhill put Firmin through and he slotted past the keeper. Graham then stole in to add another to his tally just before half time, and then the second half became the Paul McGovern goal show.
He scored seven times to push himself one goal ahead of Gledhill in the leading goalscorer tally, all seven well taken and confident strikes. Gledhill scored from the spot after being brought down by the keeper, again however the question was raised as to how the keeper escaped even a booking as he was the last man and it was a clear foul.
It's the kind of result that was hoped for, but perhaps not so emphatically, but none the less a very pleasing one. It gives the Mirfield team a very impressive goal difference, and the way things are looking at the minute in the table, with Brighton, Gomersal and Wellhouse breaking away at the top, it may be needed come the end of the season to decide who finishes where and who takes the honours. One thing is for sure, if they continue to play so well as a team as they have been doing through this six game unbeaten run, they are more than definitely going to be in with a shout.