Holden hits hat trick as Wardens put six past Kineton
By James Smith
30th Jan 2023 | Football
Cameron Holden's second half hat trick ensured Kenilworth Wardens hit back in style against struggling Kineton having suffered a shock defeat just a fortnight before.
Dane Watt opened the scoring for the hosts just before the break, with Dan Twigger adding a brace after the restart and substitute Holden another three to get Wardens' promotion charge back on track.
But bolstered by their one-goal win in the reverse fixture, it was Kineton who again started the better of the two sides and looked more likely to score.
Their best chance came 15 minutes in when a side footed volley from 8 yards out sailed harmlessly over captain Alex Brown's goal.
Twigger also had a good chance in the opening minutes but was denied by a decent save from the travelling keeper.
Kineton continued to press for an opener with Wardens lacking rhythm and composure on the ball.
Only a mixture of last ditch defending and solid shot stopping from Brown kept the game goalless.
And it was against the run of play that Wardens took the lead on 44 minutes.
A long ball forward from Brown was won by Harry Morris as he bullied the defender to the ground, Alex Waters calmly played in veteran Watt, who took a touch and calmly finished at the near post.
At half time wardens manager Patrick Breslin brought on pace in Holden and Charlie Waters and moved brother Alex into a deeper midfield position which had instant results.
Wardens immediately began the half on top, winning the ball back high, often from the excellent Alex Waters.
On 50 minutes he won a tackle with the ball falling to Holden, whose powerful shot was met by an excellent save from the Kineton keeper.
Five minutes later Alex Waters again won a tackle high up the pitch, the ball going falling Twigger 30 yards out.
His first time effort went straight into the back of the net despite the keeper getting a hand to it.
On 60 minutes it was Waters again who recovered the ball and played in Morris whose effort from 20 yards was saved but Holden rushed in to tap the follow up into the empty net.
Five minutes later Twigger was in again, dispossessing the centre half and shooting from 25 yards into the bottom corner.
Despite their advantage the hosts continued to pile on the pressure and on 75 minutes added another when Morris challenged for a ball in the box, setting up Holden to hammer home from the edge of the box.
The half time substitute saved his best for last. On 80 minutes a long throw from Ross Farquharson was nodded down to Holden, who spectacularly volleyed from waist height straight into the top corner, leaving the Kineton keeper with no chance.
A game already full of brilliant goals was added to by Kineton's Billy Stansell on 85 minutes. A loose pass 30 yards fell to Stansell, who smashed the ball right into the top corner, leaving Brown with no chance at all.
And with the game finishing 6-1 Wardens manager Paddy Breslin called on his players to use the performance as a springboard for further success.
"Having lost 1-0 to the same side three weeks ago, today was obviously a remarkable improvement," he said.
"The question is can we put a run together.
"We likely only have two fixtures in February so it's imperative that we win both of those to keep the season alive."