Lawless is star man as Padbury win


Tring Corinthians 1

Padbury United 3

Dom Lawless fired a hat-trick as Anagram Trophy holders Padbury saw off gritty Tring to progress to the third round.

On a poor pitch it took until early in the second half for Padbury to finally overcame determined Corinthians.

The early minutes hardly saw Padbury touch the ball as the home side, playing down the slope and with the wind behind them, took the game heartily to the visitors. Keeper Tom Kennard had to look smartly on two occasions as Tring threatened to take the lead, but it was Padbury who broke away in style to open the scoring on 10 minutes, Lawless firing home from the edge of the box.

Tring swiftly responded and were level nine minutes later when a free kick in the Padbury half was lofted to the far post for defender Will Hattan to rise and nod home. It was now end to end with both teams digging deep in the muddy conditions.

DLawless had the ball in the net just before half time only to have it adjudged offside.

The second half started with much Padbury pressure which was rewarded after just three minutes when a long throw from the left caused havoc in the home defence and the ball bounced kindly for Lawless to fire home high into the net through a crowded goalmouth from the edge of the box.

Padbury were now in control and started to play some attractive football. Little was seen of the Tring attack as the visitors dominated the play. Padbury increased their lead on 76 minutes when a hard shot from Lee White on the left was only parried by the Tring keeper for Lawless to fire home his hat-trick.

Padbury created more chances but failed to add to their score and finished the game in control.

Boss Craig Bicknell was pleased with the display, commenting: “Tring made it hard for us in the first half and we could have gone in at half time down, but the players dug deep and came out in the second half to dominate the game.”