Leiston slipped to yet another defeat in the BetVictor Southern League Central Premier yesterday afternoon.
Barwell recorded a 5-0 win over bottom of the league Leiston on Non-League Day 2019. The 5 goals were scored by 5 different players as Barwell got back to winning ways in the Southern League. Kai Williams scored his first for the club and Tonali Omotola grabbed his eighth of the campaign. Barwell had new goalkeeper Max Bramley in the starting line up with another new signing, striker Ryan Harkin, on the bench.
Barwell signalled their intention from the start and had an early appeal for a penalty turned down when a Kai Williams shot was blocked by a defender and the home players appealed for handball. The penalty was not given but Kai Williams grabbed his first for Barwell on 5 minutes when Omotola slid the ball through to him and he made no mistake past Beckworth in the Leiston goal. Brady Hickey went close not long afterwards but his shot went wide of the left hand post.
Leiston won a corner in one of their first attacks but the ball was easily cleared and Kai Williams was able to get through the challenge of 2 defenders to run free on goal. He couldn't make a shot but the winger was looking lively. Williams went close again on 14 minutes when he played a one-two with Brady Hickey but couldn't convert.
The 2nd goal came on 20 minutes and Omotola provided the assist again. Omotola was played the ball on the right hand side of the box and he was able to cleverly lob the oncoming goalkeeper with a cross that landed on Hickey's head for him to nod the ball in to the empty net. Hickey is now on 7 goals for the season. Omotola went close himself not long after this as Barwell threatened to run riot.
Leiston had a good spell of play approaching the half hour mark but failed to make it count.
The 3rd goal came on 34 minutes and it was Tristan Dunkley who scored this one. Brady Hickey was the provider with a ball that reached Dunkley on the right hand side. He surged forward in to the box but looked to have overhit the ball. He was able, however, to reach it just ahead of the goalkeeper and slot the ball low in to the goal.
Eagle whipped in a good cross for Leiston on 38 minute but the ball evaded an incoming attacker when Edwards cleared it. Micah Edwards and Jayden Cotterill were an unlikely central defensive pairing for the home side but both did well in the game.
Half Time: Barwell 3 Leiston 0
Leiston started the 2nd half well, having made 2 substitutions and amended their formation. There was a real chance for the team from Suffolk when a great cross was played in and evaded Bramley. The ball pinged around the box and Bramley was able to grab the ball in the end to nullify the attack.
Omotola scored his 8th goal of the season on 59 minutes when he turned well in the box and shot in to the far corner. Hickey made a brave challenge on the edge of the Leiston area and the ball spilled loose before being secured by Omotola. Not long before this he had another good chance to score after Williams and Dunkley had combined well.
Ryan Harkin replaced Omotola just after this goal for his debut and he was able to see close up the 5th goal for Barwell. Dom Brown-Hill put in a corner that went over the head of most of the players in the 6 yard box but fell nicely for Jamie Towers to bundle the ball in to the net at the far post, possibly with his chest. Again, Barwell were threatening to make it a huge score but it was Leiston who went closest next. A cross just evaded an attacking player at the far post when it looked like he might be able to sneak it in.
The Leiston goalkeeper made a good save from Brady Hickey on 73 minutes and the ball fell nicely to Kai Williams but his shot went straight at the keeper who had recovered well. Brown-Hill then almost set up Williams again but again the ball was straight at the keeper.
The game petered out as it entered the last few minutes.
Full Time: Barwell 5 Leiston 0.
Barwell: - Bramley, Whitmore (Percival 70 mins), Putman, Edwards, Cotterill, Williams, Brown-Hill, Towers, Omotola (Harkin 60 mins), Hickey, Dunkley (Hakeem 64 mins). Subs not used: - Hollis, Thomas.
Leiston: - Beckwith, Gaffer (Aitkens 45 mins), Woerndl (Fernandes 65 mins), Odelusi, Knights, Keys, Cheetham (Bloom 45 mins), Hitter, Davies, Eagle, Sinclair. Subs not used: - Kamanzi, Henry.
Man Of The Match: - George Keys.
Attendance: - 173.