Halfacre hat-trick secures fourth straight win

Abbey Hey made it four straight victories in the North West Counties First Division South with a convincing 5-0 win over Barnton.

Spectators got their moneys-worth at the Abbey Stadium in an exciting attacking second-half performance from the home side, after neither side could really get a foot-hold within a tight opening forty-five minutes.  

Ben Halfacre handed Abbey Hey the lead two minutes into the second-half, turning a Barnton defender on the edge of the area before powering the ball home into the bottom-right corner, to give his side the dream start to the second-half.

Nine minutes later the lead was doubled through Jake Parker’s fifth goal in as many games, capitalising on a under hit kick from the Barnton keeper before rifling the ball home into the left-hand side of the goal to give Abbey a more comfortable lead.

Within the space of four minutes, Halfacre got in the act twice to complete his hat-trick. First he fired home a left-footed volley beyond the keeper into the bottom-corner from the edge of the area, before finishing off a well-worked set-up from Abbey from close-range with a tap in.

Abbey Hey carried on turning on the style in front of goal and they made it 5-0 after only twenty second half minutes. Halfacre set Lazenbury on his way clear through on goal, before the top-scorer lobbed the goalkeeper for his 27th goal of the season in all competitions.

The win keeps Abbey third in the league table and put them in a good position heading into their game at the weekend away at second-placed FC Isle of Man (Saturday, 6:30pm).

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