Boss Dunning hits four as Old Malton hammer derby rivals Brooklyn

Darren Dunning in action for Old Malton
Darren Dunning in action for Old Malton

Player-manager Darren Dunning smashed in four goals as Old Malton St Mary's boosted their York Premier League title push with a 7-0 home win against Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Old Malton dominated, but in the relegated visitors kept a clean sheet until half-time.

The best chances for the home side fell to Josh Bown, whose effort was superbly saved by Nick Lock in the Brooklyn goal.

Marcus Godsell’s effort appeared to be going in, however his drilled effort hit Bown on the line and fell safely much to the relief of the visitors.

The second half brought out a more clinical display from Old Malton and it wasn’t long before they took the lead.

A rush of blood from Brooklyn’s number one saw Danny Fogg upended in the penalty area and Darren Dunning fired the ball into the corner.

Fogg then found himself on the scoresheet with a well-taken flick when the ball seemed to be behind him after Godsell raced down the line and drilled a ferocious ball across the six-yard box.

Dunning made it three with another spot- kick followed by two routine goals from Godsell and Sam Thackray.

Player-manager Dunning rounded off the rout after he converted two inch-perfect free-kicks leaving the keeper rooted to the spot.

Old Malton will hope to continue this fine form as they maintain their challenge for the Premier League title, their next league game a home game against Church Fenton White Horse on Saturday (2pm ko), followed by a trip to Osbaldwick on Monday and a home game against promotion rivals Wigginton Grasshoppers on Wednesday April 20, both night games kicking off at 6.30pm.