THE BIG MATCH - Senna Clapp on form as Ash Rangers put nine past Staplegrove (From Somerset County Gazette)
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THE BIG MATCH - Senna Clapp on form as Ash Rangers put nine past Staplegrove
2:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
SENNA Clapp scored four times for Ash Rangers as they made an impressive start to their TDSFL campaign with a 9-2 thrashing of Staplegrove Colts at Castle School.
Harvey Puddy and Callum Hardy each bagged a brace for Rangers, while Lewis Scutt also got himself on the score sheet. James Nutt scored both of Staplegrove’s goals.
Ash Rangers captain Justin Puddy was pleased with his side’s first outing of the season, but felt they could’ve have scored more than nine. He said: “It was our first game and a lot of the lads haven’t played together so I’m really pleased with the result.
“To be honest with you we should’ve put 20 past them, but we played well and I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads, really pleased.”
After a few half chances, Ash went ahead when Lewis Scutt nodded home Jack Wheeler’s corner.
Both teams continued to battle for the game, with Staplegrove’s back four playing the offside trap to good effect, catching the Ash forwards out on more than one occasion.
James Nutt pulled one back for Staplegrove, but two Senna Clapp goals gave Ash a commanding 3-1 lead at half-time.
Ash's performance grew in the second half and they added to their lead with a further six goals.
Clapp completed his hat trick before going on to add another to his tally, and Harvey Puddy (2), Callum Hardy (2) completed the scoring.
Staplegrove battled hard throughout and showed good fight, scoring a second late on.
But they were unable to make the score line look any more competitive as the match finished 9-2 to Ash Rangers.
Staplegrove captain Gary Bishop believes his players will learn from the defeat. He said: “They are a new team to the league but they are a good side. We are trying to bring some younger players through and they were a bit bigger and stronger than us. It’s a steep learning curve for the lads definitely.”