Tommy Smith completes 90 minutes on his return to action as Town run riot
Tommy Smith made his return to action following back surgery as Monty Patterson and Dominic Samuel both scored a hat-trick to help Town’s U23s romp to a 8-0 win over Watford at Portman Road.
Kieffer Moore, and Danny Rowe also played their part, with Moore also getting on the scoresheet in front of a watching Mick McCarthy.
Rowe only played the opening 45 minutes, but he needed just two to make an impact with his superb pass over the top releasing Patterson who slotted home his first of the evening.
The New Zealand international didn’t have to wait long for his second of the match, with Rowe again at the heart of it. The January signing from Macclesfield slid the ball into the path of Moore, and the striker’s scuffed effort fell into the path of Patterson who duly finished off the move.
Rowe was impressive in his first half as a Town player, and it was his corner that led to the third goal, as his dangerous delivery found the head of Moore, but although his effort was blocked, Fowler was on hand to score the rebound.
Teddy Bishop came close to a fourth as he wriggled free from his marker only to see his shot saved, but Moore did add a fourth soon after with a goal he richly deserved.
The 6ft 6 striker raced onto Samuel’s flick-on before firing into the net, through the goalkeeper’s legs from an acute angle.
The fifth, and Patterson’s hat-trick, arrived just before the break and Moore was heavily involved again with his low shot being parried clear, but only as far as the Kiwi who grabbed his third and sent Town in at the break 5-0 up.
Having scored two minutes into the first-half, the Blues did the same in the second period, with Samuel getting in on the act. James Blanchfield played a delightful ball over the top to Moore who kept his cool and picked out Samuel who was clinical in front of goal.
The on-loan Reading front-man scored his second of the game five minutes later with substitute Ben Morris’ corner not being fully cleared; Samuel was on hand to snatch up the chance from close range.
He could have had a hat-trick, but for a strong stop from Hornet’s ‘keeper Nathan Gartside as Town continued to press, but his third goal wasn’t too far away as he headed home an eighth for the Blues in stoppage time to cap a stunning performance for Gerard Nash’s side.
Town: Crowe, Fowler, C. Smith, T. Smith, Kenlock, Rowe (Morris, 45), Bishop, Blanchfield (McDonnell, 67), Patterson (McLoughlin, 75), Samuel, Moore. Subs: Hayes, Woolfenden.
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