Condy grabs four as Colts almost blow three goal lead

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ST BOSWELLS 3

CHIRNSIDE UTD COLTS 5

Despite leading 4–1 at half time through four goals from striker Joe Condy - who scored a hat-trick in just eight minutes - the Colts struggled to hold on to their lead.

St Boswells took the lead within three minutes from a quickly taken free kick which caught defender Ryan Blaikie dreaming allowing the striker to waltz by him to score. Then Dan Romanies was short with a pass back to stand-in keeper Maz Donaldson, allowing the St Boswells’ striker to nip in but Donaldson caught him with a sliding tackle and the referee awarded a penalty. However, Donaldson pulled off a magnificent double save.

This gave the Colts a lift and they totally dominated the game. Joe Condy grabbed a hat-trick within eight minutes, the first two from two sublime through balls from Lee Hanan and the third from a Ryan Wood chip over the defence. The fourth came from a Matt Lawson pass for Condy to slot home for his fourth.

The second half started as the first ended with Sean Lackenby somehow putting the ball over from two yards, Denis Smolenski had a shot saved on the line, Joe Condy had another shot saved and full back Ryan Wood had a shot which went nearer the corner flag than the goals.

These misses came back to haunt the Colts when St Boswells hit back with two quick goals to score to make the score 4–3 with 10 minutes to go. Only some great defending from Mick Pattenden and some brave goalkeeping from Donaldson kept St Boswells out.

The game was made safe after Romanies netted a fifth.