In-form Jack Walker scored eight goals for the Birmingham Men’s Lacrosse 1sts on Wednesday afternoon as the hosts demolished a rather timid Northampton side 14-0 at Metchley 3G to maintain their 100% record at the start of this season.
The Lions’ season got off to a great start last week with a mightily impressive 13-3 away win over one of the league favourites, Warwick, and the side, captained by Dan Logue, didn’t let that hard work go to waste as they comprehensively saw off Northampton this week back on home turf.
Birmingham went into the first break with a 3-0 advantage after a goal each for Dave Lees, Joe Mooney, and Jack Walker, his first of eight. At this stage, the writing was very much on the wall for the visitors as Birmingham’s pace and accuracy was far too much for the Northampton defence. It could have been more after the first quarter, but for some outstanding saves from the visiting keeper, but in the second quarter, he had no such luck as the hosts added five more goals to go into the half-time break 8-0 to the good.
Throughout that second period, we were treated to a wonderful variety of goals from Birmingham as they really began to flex their muscles. Walker scored three of the five and benefited from some clinical counter-attacking play, and clever passing around the area. Jonny Base also found the net, before Will Rumsey was rewarded for his assist with a goal of his own.
There were some stern words in the Northampton huddle at the break, but to no avail, as the Lions added another six in the second half of the game. Walker scored the first three of four goals in the third quarter after fooling the Northampton defence with his deceptive runs to find some space and beat the keeper. It was then left to George Stafford-Webb to cap off the scoring in the third quarter to give Birmingham a commanding 12-0 lead.
Birmingham added just the two goals as legs began to tire in the final quarter but that wasn’t to stop Walker grabbing his eighth, and making sure he had scored in every quarter of this game. Northampton’s humiliation was that brought to an end in fitting style as Joe Mooney was rewarded for all of his hard work in the game with his second goal of the game late on.
It was a superb performance from back to front from the Birmingham Men’s Lacrosse 1sts to make it two wins from two so far for them this season and after the game captain Logue seemed quietly optimistic of a title charge for his side after this promising start to their season.