Panesar’s first-ever hat-trick inspires Plashet

PUBLISHED: 09:46 01 April 2011

Plashet finish the season with narrow victory.

Plashet 3 Stevenage 2

Gurmukh Panesar fired in his first ever hat-trick as Plashet finished their season with a narrow victory on Saturday.

The east Londoners were forced to play the match one man light, with an injury crisis restricting them to just 10 eligible players, including debutant Gurcharan Sehmbi.

The visitors came into the match on a great run of form, having taken 10 points from their previous five games to overtake Plashet in Division 2S, but made a surprisingly slow start to the match.

Stevenage were on the back foot, despite their numerical advantage, and Plashet took the lead after just 10 minutes.

Taran Singh found space inside the D and crossed for home-grown teenager Panesar to rifle in.

The home side soon doubled their lead with an improvised tomahawk shot by Panesar from a penalty corner, but Stevenage reduced the arrears just before half time with a forward’s shot ricocheting in off the keeper.

After the restart the east Londoners squandered a number of chances to extend their lead and were made to pay when Stevenage equalised following a well-worked penalty corner routine.

With the visitors now in the ascendancy, Plashet faced a spell of heavy pressure and a number of defensive battles to remain in the game, including a goal-line clearance from Taranpal Singh.

But in the final minutes the home side secured the points.

Sant Matharu tore down the left flank, before laying the ball back to Sehmbi to turn and unleash a shot, which Panesar deflected past the keeper to seal his treble and a win for Plashet, who finish sixth in the table.

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