Farm welcomed back fans in some style, wrapping up a comfortable mid season friendly at home to Welton Rovers.
Farms new man Kyle Tooze lively opening half began after just 2 minutes, a spillage from the visiting keeper was seized upon by Aron Robbins whose cut back found the big man, but he sliced high and wide. Welton were looking lively too, a few minutes after a long range strike dropped narrowly wide, they were ahead. Some penalty box pinball eventually fell to Charles who slid his side in front. Thankfully for the home side, the setback woke them up and they levelled in the 20th minute. Tooze played through and he shrugged off a challenge before rounding the keeper and finding the empty net. Not long after the quick turnaround was complete, a cleverly worked short corner involving Jamie Bird and Marcus Day and the latters dropped shoulder and low cross was turned in by a visiting defender. Day was enjoying himself after the half hour, another wonderful run left defenders grabbing at thin air before another low cross was swept over by Bird. Tooze completed a fine first half just before the whistle, a carbon copy of his first and he sprung the offside trap again, held off another defender, once again rounded the hapless keeper and tucked home despite a much tighter angle.
Tooze had the first chance of the second half too, collecting a superb pass from fellow new boy Jayden Nielson, before seeing his dinked effort well saved. He then exchanged chances with Day, the latter volleying wide at the near post before the former slashed over after cutting inside. Bird was next to be frustrated, firing over twice before a Tooze cross was too heavy as he waited by the unmarked net. Farm finally added gloss just after the hour, Tooze completing a superb hat-trick after once again leaving the keeper on the floor before a dropped shoulder on a covering defender allowed him to tuck into the empty net once again. The visitors had barely kicked off before they conceded their fifth. Tooze inevitably involved once more, a cute weighted pass found substitute Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, who got the better of the keeper with his stabbed effort and via the post, it was 5. The linesman flag put pay to what looked sure to be several more goals as Farm toyed with Welton before the refs whistle ended a throughly dominant friendly performance.
Star man – Jayden Nielson