Twigger stars as Wardens put eight past Napton

By James Smith

6th Nov 2022 | Football

Adam Hnat’s strike off the bar was the pick of the bunch for Kenilworth Wardens
Adam Hnat’s strike off the bar was the pick of the bunch for Kenilworth Wardens

Free-scoring Kenilworth Wardens put eight past struggling Napton to bounce back to winning ways after last week's defeat to Kenilworth Royal Oak.

Dan Twigger bagged five - including a first half hat-trick - with James Butcher, Adam Hnat and Chris Porter all adding their names to the scoresheet.

A consolation goal for Napton from Callum Watts was the only real negative for dominant Kenilworth, but manager Eamonn Richards said the score line did not tell the full story.

"The performance was much better than the last few weeks," he said. 

"Although the score line flattered us - they had three or four really decent players. 

"But that's the benchmark of how we play our football - on the floor, keeping it simple, one and two touch passing."

Having already put five past Napton in the reverse fixture, it took the hosts just 15 minutes to find the breakthrough when Twigger made the most of a goalkeeping mistake to tap the loose ball home.

Butcher, who was forced off through injury shortly after, then made it two when his low drive from outside the box snuck in at the near post.

And straight from the kick off the impressive Twigger doubled his own tally, racing past five Napton players before tucking the ball home.

Four minutes later he had his hat trick. Neat build up play from back to front saw him steal in and calmly finish past the helpless Napton keeper.

The unrelenting hosts added a fifth with slightly more quality when Twigger nodded in a deep Eamonn Richards cross as he stood unmarked in the middle of the box.

However, as Kenilworth continued to try to play out from the back, the ball was lost just outside the box and slipped into Watts who slotted in off the post despite appeals for offside.

Following a slow start to the second half, where Napton began to pile bodies forward, Twigger ended any faint hopes of a comeback when he volleyed a bouncing ball into the top corner from just inside the box.

Hnat then made it seven when he was sent racing down the right and hammered the ball in off the crossbar and the post - the ball bounced back into play, but the referee rightly awarded the goal.

The eighth then came from a set piece when Porter got his head onto Richards' near post corner and diverted the ball home.

The result moves Wardens back up to second in the table with lowly Napton propping up the rest without a point on the board this campaign.

Richards added: "Our defence was solid, while me, Sam and Adam played some great stuff in the middle. 

"But it obviously helps when Twigger scores five! He was due smashing a few in."


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