Yorkshire Terriers today took a huge step towards a potential first title since 2004, as they ran out 6-2 winners away to Birmingham Blaze.
Both sides started well, with tackles flying in setting up a great contest. Probing and pushing, the teams fought for the opener, and Birmingham had the ball in the net after 20 minutes, although the goal was ruled out for offside.
10 minutes later, and the ball was up the other end, as the Terriers were awarded a penalty for a clip on Tom Carter’s heels, which he converted, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Birmingham fought back, and 10 minutes later replied, a lobbed through ball converted emphatically by the striker taking the sides into half time level pegging.
Blaze started the second half brightly, and would have been ahead but for a fine save one on one by Terriers keeper Brad Ellis. And moments later, Ellis was key again, as his kick found Liam Ashton, who squared the ball to Tom Carter to finish a swift counter attack.
Carter rounded off his hat trick on the hour mark, and took his tally to four for the day moments later, both times latching on to expert through balls and slotting home cooly.
Twenty minutes from time, and Carter was at it again. Some great work from Matt Barton on the right saw him into the box before being brought down, but the referee played advantage, and Carter’s shot was too powerful for the keeper.
Even then the Terriers continued to battle, no one more so that debutant Jack Nolan, who impressed throughout at left back.
With ten minutes to go, blaze grabbed a consolation, but soon after Tom Carter completed his second hat trick of the afternoon to restore Terriers four goal lead and keep them top of GFSN Division One going into the final game of the season.
Birmingham Blaze 2-6 Yorkshire Terriers
Terriers Starting Line Up:
Ellis (GK), Blewett, Nash, Shepherd, Nolan, Nellist, D Nixon, James, Ashton, Carter, Barton
Subs: E Nixon, Todd, Pratt