Burgess praises hard work on and off the pitch
SALTASH United were rewarded for their hard work in getting the pitch fit with a comprehensive victory over their local rivals Liskeard at Kimberley Stadium on Boxing Day afternoon.
Manager Martin Burgess revealed that volunteers, management and players had worked during the morning on the sodden playing surface.
He said: "A lot of credit has to go to our groundsman, Brian Pinkham, as well as others who came to help fork the pitch, including half a dozen players.
"All that effort paid off because we got a great result after teams like Godolphin and Bodmin, above us, dropped points in the morning."
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Sam Farrant helped himself to a hat-trick as the Ashes swept away an inexperienced Liskeard who only ventured outside their own half when the game was long lost.
Farrant set the Ashes on their way with a seventh minute tap-in and later added two goals in four minutes with Saltash's fourth and fifth goals, the fourth a stunning curling shot from 25 yards.
In between, Jonny Morris scored with a confidently struck 17th minute penalty after Liskeard keeper Adam Fuller had held back Sam Hughes, and defender Toby Clark made it 3-0 with a header from a 58th minute corner.
Another defender, right back Stuart Clark, completed the scoring seven minutes from time after being put through by the hard working Sam Hughes.
Liskeard, still searching for their first league win of the season and still reeling from an 8-0 defeat at Witheridge the previous weekend, defended in numbers from the start but even two packs of four across the back couldn't stop Saltash.
Burgess said: "Once we got the first goal the result wasn't in any doubt. We work hard, we are scoring plenty of goals and it's nice that we are not relying on any one player to get the goals."
Liskeard's new manager Martin McHugh is working on a long term plan to rejuvenate the first team squad, but along the way there is likely to be pain before the gain.
McHugh does have some good young players to work with, however. Jarrod Woods, Ben Waters, Reece Small and Ben Collins look fine prospects, and given time they could emerge as good players at this level.
Saltash's scheduled home game against Plymouth Parkway on Monday evening was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.