Paul Fairclough's England C side beat Bermuda in style in Hamilton
Bermuda 1-6 England C
Tuesday 4 June 2013
National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda
By Matt Badcock
James Norwood fired a debut hat-trick as England C turned on the heat in Bermuda.
Non-League’s Three Lions, the first England team to play on the island, ran out comfortable winners with Forest Green Rovers striker Norwood hitting his treble in the second-half.
Antoni Sarcevic opened the scoring with just five minutes gone after great interplay with Marlon Jackson.
The Chester midfielder played a quick one-two with Jackson before steering past the on-rushing 'keeper with the outside of his boot.
Soon it was two when Johnny Hunt was fouled in the area. Jackson stepped up from the spot to send the 'keeper the wrong way and double the advantage.
Bermuda got one back before half time when John Barry Nusum headed in a rebound from Reggie Lamb’s fierce drive.
England C boss Paul Fairclough made five changes at the break and it didn’t take long before two of his substitutes were combining for a goal.
Andre Gray sent over a perfect cross and Norwood nodded in from six-yards with the second-half just eight minutes old.
Fairclough’s team were in full control and Norwood made it four with a cool finish. Out-muscling the defender he burst clear and slotted past Stef Dill.
His hat-trick came from England’s second penalty of the evening when Gray was bundled over. Norwood made no mistake by firing into the top corner.
And in the 90th minute Gray, who moments before had been denied by a great Dill save, turned home to make it six.
Fairclough said: “It was a fantastic performance and I’m very proud of the players.”
: Preston Edwards (Mitchell Walker 46), Ryan Jackson, Fraser Franks, Anthony Acheampong, Mickey Demetriou (Chris Stokes 46), Harry Beautyman, Johnny Hunt, Antoni Sarcevic (Dan Bradley 46), Sam Clucas, Marlon Jackson (James Norwood 46), Andy Cook (Andre Gray 46).