Richard Ghent topped off a very good season in New Zealand with two goals for the Fury in a 2 nil win versus third placed Claudelands Rovers from Hamilton, Waikato, in the penultimate game of the season.
The win completed a double over Claudelands with Fury having won 3-2 away earlier in the season.
Bay of Plenty based, Fury, have been enjoying a good first year in the Waikato / Bay of Plenty Federation Division One.
Former Sussex leagues' winger Ghent has featured out wide right and left for the Fury and on some occasions has played up front.
Ghent's awareness of the need to become an auxiliary defensive midfileder late on also assisted Fury to close out games on a number of occasions to gain a win.
It has been a challenging first season in Division One for the Fury with the early loss of key players to long term injuries and a myriad of players missing on various match days through injury, work committments, sickness etc etc but with one game to go versus the cellar dwellers Te Puke, the Fury will likely finish in a very credible 5th place.
Ghenty has also coached a squad of Fury 10 year olds and has been very popular with the kids and parents.
His two finest moments were against the two teams that topped the league, a crisp right foot finish versus Old Blues away, his pace creating the opportunity following a neat pass by strike partner Juan de Astarloa and a flying headed goal versus Otumoetai at home, the whole move and finish featuring de Astarloa, Connor Irvine and Ghent worthy of the EPL brought loud applause from the football savvy onlookers.
In both cases resulting in a 3 - 2 win for the Fury.
With those two results plus a draw away to Otumoetai and the double over Claudelands, Fury showed that on days when they had something closer to a fully fit and available squad they were a match for any team in the league.
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Posted with permission from Geoff.