Saturday’s convincing 5-1 win over Bentley Colliery turned out to be a historic day for Clay Cross Town - and the town as a whole - when the club’s new floodlights were first used.
It was the first time the new investment at Mill Lane had been used for a senior game and they weren’t the only thing to light up the pitch, as Clay Cross remain top of the CMFL North table.
The memorable day was celebrated by player manager Ant Lynam securing his seventh hat-trick of the season and Ben Meadley. who drove home the first goal, to make it 3-0 early in the second half.
The day started in glorious fashion with Lynam lashing home a 25-yarder to give the Millers the lead after just three minutes. The advantage was doubled after 20 minutes when Meadleys pin point right wing corner was powered home by the head of captain Ritchie Mathews, a goal that meant a lot to the number 3 who celebrated with gusto.
Home custodian Ben Townsend pulled of a superb reaction save from Bentley’s Billy Parkhouse to keep Clay Cross two goals clear.
First goalscorer under the now floodlights, turned on at half time, was Ben Meadley when on 57 minutes he drove home from the far edge of the six-yard box, following excellent work from Aidan Ordidge who set up Carl Whitford for a powerful drive that the Bentley keeper could only parry towards the in running Meadley.
It was 4-0 when Aidan Ordidge was upended in the box and Lynam converted the spot kick after 64 minutes. Jake Tittley’s corner off the right fell back out to him and his vicious drive from a tight angle was superbly saved by Bentley keeper Lee Drobac.
The visitors pulled a goal back on 71 minutes when Parkhouse dived to head home at the back post.
Clay Cross went in search of returning to the four goal margin in the scoreline, excellent work by Danny Robinson on the right saw his cross met by Lynams volley met by an excellent save from Drobac.
Lynam’s completed his hat trick when, after good work from Aidan Ordidge, he turned the ball home to nestle neatly in the back of the Bentley net on 90 minutes.
A convincing performance from the Millers against sturdy opposition in Bentley Colliery FC, who were the last team to play Parkhouse, Clay Cross’ former name.
This Saturday Clay Cross Town travel to Thoresby for an eagerly awaited top of the table clash (2pm kick off).