Wearside League: Taylor hat-trick downs new-look Silksworth

Originally published on SportsByte on November 18th 2013.

Silksworth Rangers brought in five new players this weekend but still crashed to their ninth straight league defeat at home to Peterlee Town. 

Paul Taylor bagged a hat-trick and missed a penalty while Brett Gillatt and Anthony Rogerson scored second–half goals in the 5-1 loss, Silksworth’s 15th defeat in 18 league games.

With Silksworth rooted to the bottom of the league, changes were made at coaching level and new players have been drafted in to try and revitalise the club.

Rob Hall, Dean Smith and Nick Milburn all made their first starts while Michael Branning and James Hepinstall were on the bench.

But, despite the changes, it was the same old story for Rangers as they came off second best in most challenges and struggled to show any real creativity in the match.

Silksworth manager Darren Crann said after the match that “the result’s bad but we have to blood in new players.” Crann now has a much larger squad to pick from with some Wearside League experience needed in a very young side.

Mid-table Peterlee Town were largely dominant throughout and could have scored more than five were it not for some lax finishing and some last-ditch Silksworth defending.

The away side took the lead after 20 minutes following a good move down the right wing. Right-back Adam Heath burst forward and crossed to Taylor at the front post, who smashed in with ease.

Silksworth struggled to retain the ball in the first half but their one big chance came through Andrew Baxter. The midfielder, who was booked on the half-hour mark for a foul on the halfway line, cut inside and hit the post from just outside the area. Striker Anton Crann skewed the rebound wide from a good position.

Any momentum from that brief attack, though, was quickly wiped out when Taylor diverted Heath’s low free-kick past a hapless Don to double Peterlee’s lead.

Silksworth had much more of the ball in the second half but they proved masters of their own downfall once again as a rash challenge in the area gave Peterlee the chance to extend their lead further from the penalty spot.

But Don, who so often comes to Silksworth’s rescue, made a fantastic save away to his left to deny Taylor his hat-trick.

The striker, though, would soon have his third as he tapped in from close range with twenty minutes left. Gillatt, under little pressure, fired in from outside the area minutes later and former Silksworth striker Anthony Rogerson completed the rout from inside the box.

Silksworth failed to create any clear-cut chances in the game but face fellow-strugglers Wolviston on Wednesday night as they look to turn around their dreadful league form and rise from the base of the Wearside League.

SportsByte’s Star player: Peterlee’s Paul Taylor was a constant threat for Peterlee and deserved his hat-trick following a determined, ruthless performance.

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