Stretford paddock extend their unbeaten start to the league with an impressive 4-0 victory away to Hartford FC, with Joao De Andrade and Jainiero sharing the goals.

Paddock started the game strong and could have scored more had it not been for the woodwork. Five minutes in Victor Iyumva was played the ball on the edge of the box a slight dribble to take the ball on his right foot allowed him a space to take the shot. However, his effort rolled onto the foot of the post.

Paddock then hit the woodwork again, halfway through the first half, Joao picked up a floated through ball on the left and steamed into the box on the left beating his defender. The opportunity opened and his shot rattled the near post to the delight of the Hartford keeper.

The pressure did tell for Paddock and moments later, from a free kick midway into the Hartford half. Joe Coleman’s effort was struck with some power, and the ball bounced just in front of the keeper, his save wasn’t collected and Jainiero pounced on the loose ball to place it into the roof of the net, for his first goal for the club.

Paddock doubled their lead through a swift counter-attack, Mikey Burke picked up the ball on the edge of his own box and drove to the halfway line before sliding the ball through the left for Joao, the midfielder latched onto the pass then guided his shot past the on rushing goalkeeper.

Joao then added his second after Nosa Iyamu picked up the ball in the centre circle, he played it through the Hartford defence and Joao with only the keeper to beat had the composure, to cut inside sit the keeper down, and finish into the empty net.

Hartford’s best chance of the half came from a corner with five minutes left before the break. An outswingng corner was met at the front post and the header from six yards out fell a foot wide.

Half Time: Hartford FC 0-3 Stretford Paddock

Shortly after the break Hartford produced their best effort on goal of the entire game, again from a set piece. This time a free kick from the right-hand side, the cross wasn’t completely dealt with and the clearance was prodded away to the one player lurking outside the area, the effort was stuck on the half volley without any real conviction and the looping effort fell into the hands of the grateful Martin Flanagan.

Joao then missed an opportunity to walk away with the match ball, straight from the Hartford free-kick Martin smashed the ball up field to the left, where Joao ran through yet again and with just the keeper to beat, this time he curled his effort wide of the post.

In a second half where paddock failed to create many clear-cut chances, it took until the 85th minute when Jainiero grabbed the final goal of the game. A free kick just outside the area was struck directly at the wall, and with some good fortune the wall split in two as it jumped and his shot found its way through the gap and into the back of the net.

Joao then had one more chance for a hat-trick in stoppage time. With a free kick in a similar position to that of Jainiero’s. This time the wall stood firm and Joao’s looped effort, which didn’t find a corner, was comfortably collected low down to the keepers right.

Jordan Hart

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