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Plant put brakes on Waggoners

Daniel Doonican  Wednesday, March 13, 2002  11:49 GMT


Plant resumed winning ways following last weeks mauling by Crown first team. The game was evenly contested for the first 20 minutes, with neither side creating many chances on a pitch superbly turned out by Tommy ‘forky’ Fork.

Plant took the lead mid way through the half when a long ball could only be headed out by the Waggoners defender to Ali Faisal on the edge of the area who neatly lobbed the ball back over the keepers head and into the top corner of the net. Plant doubled their lead 10 minutes from the interval when another long ball over the top bobbled through the keepers hands in slippery conditions and the joyful Faisal tapped in his second to make it 2-0 at the break.

In the second half, Waggoners came storming back and found themselves back in the game following a goalmouth scramble from a corner. Plant’s heads could have gone down but instead they used the wind to their advantage and the pace of Danny ‘Fat Camp’ Burke (pictured above) came to the fore with a second half hat trick in the space of 15 minutes.

The first was a dubious decision by the referee in allowing an Alan Miller flicked on header to be ruled on-side when the advancing Burke clearly looked in an off side position. The forward lobbed the keeper and made the score 3-1.

Plants fourth goal followed superb work on the left hand side by joint man-of-the-match Faisal who skipped to the by-line and found Burke who flicked a header over the keeper and into the back of the net.

The game was dead and buried 15 minutes from time when a Dennis Ryan ball over the top found an unmarked Burke who rounded the round keeper and unleashed an unstoppable right foot shot into an empty net from 3 yards out.

Waggoners scored a consolation goal 10 minutes from time when their striker chipped Andy Netts from the edge of the area following another dodgy refereeing decision.

The final action of the game fell to Faisal who rounded off his hat trick when he dribbled past a bemused Waggoners defender and put the ball under the stranded keeper.

A special mention should be made to other joint man of the match Gary Walker who showed true Plant spirit after being dropped last week, turning in a splendid display at right back with some tough tackling and an all round workmanlike performance.

Another special mention to Danny Burke for sporting his magnificent fashion item in the bar after the game. When asked how much he had won on bets Burke responded "What do you mean for a bet ?! This is my top pulling gear. They're all over me like a rash in Chicago's when I put this jumper on."

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