Kirkham nets eight as Leisure smash 18 past Ferring

Steve Kirkham scored eight in Worthing Town Leisure's win against Ferring today.

Steve Kirkham scored eight in Worthing Town Leisure's win against Ferring today.

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Steve Kirkham scored eight as Worthing Town Leisure thrashed Ferring 18-1 in Southern Combination League Division 2 this morning.

It has been a miserable start to the season for Ferring and they have now conceded 60 goals in just four matches this season, following 18-0, 15-1 and 9-2 defeats.

Leisure, in their first-ever season in the SCFL, have now picked up six points from their opening three matches. They began with a 4-0 win over Rustington last midweek, before a 3-0 defeat at Upper Beeding on Saturday which manager James Everett called a wake-up call.

Leisure then cruised to all three points on Monday, after they led 9-1 at half-time. Kirkham scored four in each half, while their other scorers were Ricky Neenan, with four, Rossi Kaye, with a hat-trick, Chris Wiseman, with two, and Dom Justice.

Everett said: “We were looking to get something from Saturday and it was a bit of a wake-up call for us. They were 1-0 up and deservedly in the lead when we had a goal disallowed as the referee adjudged Steve Kirkham had kicked the ball out of their keeper’s hands.

“They then went straight down the other end and made it 2-0 just before half-time.

“We started the second half well and Ricky Neenan had a shot well saved, before they got a third midway through the second half.

“Against Ferring, we got the goals and got the win but it was a bit of a sad day, really.

“It’s not really football but we had to go out there, be professional and do a job as it might make a difference at the end of the season.

“They’re a young team but hopefully they will improve and starting getting points off other teams as the season progresses.”

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