Moxam hits hat-trick as Ponte Colls return to winning ways

Aaron Moxon, who hit a hat-trick for Pontefract Collieries against Rainworth MW.
Aaron Moxon, who hit a hat-trick for Pontefract Collieries against Rainworth MW.

Pontefract Collieries got back to winning ways with a good victory over seventh-placed Rainworth MW after a bad result in midweek.

They went down 5-2 at home to mid-table Retford United last Wednesday after being three down at half-time. The result could have been even worse if it was not for two goals in the last six minutes by Paul Haigh and Moxam giving it a little bit more of a respectable look.

However, after overcoming a difficult start they lifted spirits with a better home display on Saturday against Rainworth.

Colls had the first decent effort when Moxam brough a good save from former Ponte keeper Sam Leigh, but they went a goal down after Matthew Sykes put the visitors ahead on 14 minutes.

Sykes then missed a glorious chance from three yards out to make it two while Colls went close as Andy Catton’s free-kick went into the side netting.

Catton saw a header saved by Leigh, but the hosts did level as Moxam netted his 14th goal of the season with a smart finish in the box.

The prolific Moxam was then the star of the show after the break as he added two more in the 68th and 76th minutes to seal a 3-1 success, the clincher a superb chip from outside the area.

Goalkeeper Ellis Halpane, who could have done better with Rainworth’s goal, also played a key part with two excellent second half saves.

Pontefract are in action at Albion Sports tonight and are away again this Saturday when they go to Thackley, who stood just one place and one point above them after last weekend’s matches. Kick-off is 3pm.