Chapmans Motherwell HC 1st XI demolished Perthshire HC on Saturday with an 11-3 win at Dalziel Park, to climb to the top of National League Division 3. The win was particularly fitting as sponsor Jamie Chapman, of local business Chapmans Butchers Ltd, was there to show his support in continuing to remain affiliated with the club for another season.
Motherwell opened the scoring after only forty seconds, former GB internationalist David Mitchell scoring with a stunning strike. However, his impressive strike was better but a minute later, this time veteran striker Andy Liddle powering home a delicious drive from the very edge of the circle. Motherwell’s opening foray wasn’t finished yet though and seconds later they added a third, this time captain Craig Beattie showing some neat stick work to put through Mitchell again for his second. The Perthshire outfit were stunned, and showed no signs of rallying as Motherwell continued to press, only a few last gasp tackles prevented Motherwell from adding to their lead again within the first 10 minutes.
Motherwell’s 4th and 5th were soon to follow though. The 4th being a powerful Chris Mitchell short corner low into the bottom corner and the 5th an impressive Ian Mathie half volley after some clever individual running. Motherwell did, however, give up there clean sheet when a lapse of concentration allowed the Perthshire centre forward through to slot home, 5-1 being the score at the interval.
Motherwell started the second half with the same energy as the first and soon added to there advantage, Chris Timlin slipping it home from close range. Motherwell continued to press and the Perthshire defence wilted under the barrage of Motherwell attack, captain Craig Beattie adding a 2nd and Ian Dyett grabbing two in succession to make it 9-1 to Chapmans.
Perthshire showed a brief resurgence as Motherwell started to become slightly complacent, scoring two in quick succession. These proved only to be conciliations though, Motherwell finished the game in style with two goals in the last 5 minutes, a second for Chris Timlin and a second for Andy Liddle, ensuring the visitors headed home having endured an exhibition in attacking hockey.