Red Arrows put on super show

Ripon Red Arrows
Ripon Red Arrows
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Disbelief filled the Ripon Red Arrows changing rooms on Saturday after creating history by scoring 16 goals.

The Harrogate and District League Division Two table toppers ran up a cricket score as they broke their own long-standing club goalscoring record to humiliate Otley Town A 16-2.

A total of eight players found the net as Peter Scott and Mick Horsburgh smashed home hat-tricks in the astonishing rout.

Cam Cullen also scored an overhead kick, however, unbelievably, it was Otley that scored the goal of the game with an effort from 45 yards.

“It’s something different,” said boss Craig Somerville. “I didn’t expect it at all. The lads turned up for once and listened to what I had said.”

The Otley side are rooted to the foot of all the Harrogate and District Leagues and went into the match with only one win under their belt all season.

On the other hand, the Red Arrows are flying high with eight wins from nine games having hit the net 47 times. Added to Scott and Horsburgh’s trebles, the goalscorers were Chris Cullen (2), Cam Clarkson (2), Joe Redpath (2), Jamie Duncan (2), Jamie Thomas and Jake Hogger.

“The players could not believe it. A lot of them lost count and I had to ask the referee how many we had scored,” said Somerville.