Gibbs is spot on again as Athletic put four past Cockfosters

Trevor Gibbs in action. Picture (c) Colin Sturges
Trevor Gibbs in action. Picture (c) Colin Sturges

Tring Athletic enjoyed a very good win last night as they romped to a 4-0 victory over Cockfosters at The Grass Roots Stadium.

Skipper Trevor Gibbs grabbed a brace of penalties for the second game running and there were further goals from Paul Jeffrey and Jack Seaton.

Tring got off to a dream start when, after only five minutes, Lee Benning flicked on Adam Toone’s long throw and Jeffrey was on hand to find the net from close range.

After this early jolt Cockfosters tried to bounce back and Kwarme Weekes was presented with a shooting chance after Tring failed to clear a cross, but his effort didn’t trouble Athletic keeper Liam Watson.

The visitors went closer a few minutes later and the chance came from a Tring corner. When the ball was cleared Athletic were caught short at the back with Lloyd Moyce feeding a lovely pass into the path of Jay Rolfe, but the winger fired his shot well over.

Gibbs nearly set up Ollie Butler, the keeper coming out quickly to claim the ball, then soon afterwards nice play by Seaton and Gibbs presented Butler with another sight of goal but Adam McQeeney made a great save with his feet before Butler volleyed the loose ball over the bar.

The game was evenly balanced but, a minute before the half hour mark, Tring were awarded a penalty after the linesman immediately flagged for a trip on Seaton by Weeks.

Gibbs calmly stepped up to smack the penalty past the keeper to double the Tring lead.

A good half for Tring ended with the hosts holding a healthy lead and they could have extended their advantage at the start of the second period when Taylor Collins’ flick set Chris Vardy free but his lob just cleared the bar.

Soon afterwards, though, Vardy was sent away down the left and his super cross was met at the far post by Seaton whose goal-bound shot was helped into the net by a defender.

A minute past the hour mark, Tring were awarded another penalty when Butler was tugged in the area. Gibbs stepped up again to fire home his fourth penalty in two games and seal the win for Athletic.