Sunday 2nd August 2015, Victoria Park, Nelson FC. K.O 1:30pm
Report by Steve Bott
ANDY Payton and Terry Murphy took centre stage as the Vintage Clarets cruised to victory at Nelson.
Payton, the Padiham Predator, was making his debut for the VCs and was well received by one and all. Murphy, who was at Turf Moor and also Wimbledon, alongside Crazy gang members Vinnie Jones and Co, hit a quick-fire second half hat-trick in just over 20 minutes.
The good people of Nelson, Burnley and surrounding areas turned out in force to boost the funds for Kidneys for Life, the Gary Parkinson Trust and the day also helped to highlight five-year-old Harlee-Jae Procter’s battle against a rare genetic disorder.
Brad Maylett was the first name on the scoresheet with a great fifth minute chip over the keeper after Phil Eastwood played a nice long ball forward from the back
Sixteen minutes later Liam Robinson, top scorer in the recent European tournament success in Hamm, Germany, showed his touch was still there as he tapped in Maylett’s square pass from the right.
Centre back Eastwood powered in a firm header from Dennis Hill’s pinpoint left wing cross then former Celtic, Hull, Middlesborough and Burnley striker Payton was denied a debut goal when the keeper stopped his 27th minute shot.
With the score now 3-0 the VCs piled on the pressure to double their tally before the break. David Eyres rounded off what many saw as the move off the game as Hill knocked a neat pass forward to Robinson who slipped the ball through for Eyres to finish in cool, clinical fashion.
Manc Maestro Maylett grabbed his second with a neatly lofted shot from the right before before Eyres rounded off the first half scoring with a long range lob.
Ben Cryer and Josh Hindle pulled a couple of goals back to restore the FF side’s spirits but it was all about Murphy after the break as the Southport plasterer laid it on thick, banging in three goals in just over 20 minutes to send the VCs into hyper scoring space.
It was a master class performance from the Vintage Clarets and the fans are now waiting with eager anticipation for another super show when they next turn out at Burnley Belvedere’s ground on Sunday August 23.
VINTAGE CLARETS: Chris Pearce – Chris Scott, Phil Eastwood, Gerry Harrison(c), Dennis Hill – Brad Maylett, John Deary, Alex Kevan, David Eyres – Andy Payton, Liam Robinson. Substitutes: Terry Murphy, Paul Scott