Doherty hits treble for Legends
17 May 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Gary Doherty built on his debut goal for the Spurs Legends with a hat-trick in his second appearance for the ex-White Hart Lane side at Royston Town FC on Sunday (May 15).
The 36-year-old led the line as the Legends took on a team representing The Nicola Emmerson Trust and emerged as comfortable 7-1 winners to maintain their 100 per cent record in 2016.
Glen Southam came into the starting line-up and lashed home the opener just three minutes in, but a well-struck left-footed volley from Mario Christiano levelled it up for the charity side nine minutes later.
Centre-half mainstay Stuart Nethercott then intervened with a vital last-ditch block to prevent the scoreline from being turned on its head before venturing forward and getting on the end of a corner at the other end – only to see his free header saved by the keeper.
Doherty almost opened his account after a good ball over the top from David Kerslake but his angled shot was blocked on the line.
However, after Southam zipped in down the left to make it 2-1 on 35 minutes, the former Republic of Ireland international finally hit the back of the net with a left-footed half-volley from eight yards out with six minutes to go until the break.
Kevin Watson fired over the bar from long range before Doherty made it 4-1 just prior to the hour mark with a header which the goalkeeper got his hands to but couldn’t keep out.
Substitute Micky Southam added the fifth with a near post header on 71 minutes, Doherty then set up guest player Danny Hutchings to make it 6-1 three minutes later before the ex-Norwich and Wycombe man completed his treble on 76 minutes after Trevor Wilkinson’s effort had come back off the post.
Doherty might have increased his tally in the closing stages but saw two further efforts go wide while the defence, marshalled by Nethercott along with Brian Statham and John Lacy (pictured above), stood firm to see the game out.