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Jones pockets a score after reaching his 20-goal target

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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FC BAROMETRICS 5 SOUDLEY 2

CRAIG Jones helped himself to two goals and £20 from manager Steve Cleal's pocket after winning a wager with the FC Barometrics boss.

Jones' brace took him to 20 goals for the campaign, earning him a bonus promised to him by Cleal if he reached the landmark.

Skipper Laurence Perkins and a first goal of the season for Lewis Peters ensured Barometrics maintain their unbeaten start to 2013.

They raced into a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes with Jones opening the scoring with a sublime chip on eight minutes.

Perkins doubled the lead in the tenth minute when he let fly from 30 yards and the ball went in off the underside of the crossbar.

It was one-way traffic as the Baros moved the ball on their sticky pitch looking to extend their lead.

The recalled Leigh Soule headed straight at the Soudley keeper from eight yards following a Dan Thompson corner, but it was the other player returning to the starting line-up who made it 3-0 following the move of the match.

Cornwall and Thompson combined to play in Perkins on the right-hand side and his cut-back was finished with class and composure by Peters from around the middle of the 18-yard box.

Baros had a couple more half-chances and restricted their visitors to long-range efforts and free-kicks that asked few questions of Rob Sherwood in the home goal.

Five minutes into the second half and the tide of the match swung briefly.

The home side had the opportunity to further their lead when following good work from Perkins and Jones, Peters found himself through on goal but his shot fizzed past the far post as the keeper advanced.

A minute later Soudley made a rare foray into the Baros half and following a challenge by Jack Hadland, to everyone's amazement the referee pointed to the spot.

The winger placed his penalty to Sherwood's left, sending him the wrong way, to give the bottom-of-the-table side a foothold in the game.

They pulled another goal back to make it 3-2 a minute later as another surge down the right wing resulted in a poor cross.

However, a mix-up between Jonny Howley and Rob Sherwood meant Howley turned the ball into his own goal.

The visitors had their tails up and were trying to find the equaliser, so Cleal opted to freshen things up by replacing the hard-working Peters with Kevin Slack to give the former Bishop's Cleeve striker his debut.

Slack and Jones tried to forge a partnership and, like so often this season, it was the Baros go-to man Jones who put the game beyond doubt when he headed home an Ash Murray corner on 67 minutes.

Full-back Howley then nearly atoned for his earlier error when he weaved his way through the visitor's midfield before shooting through the crowd of players but just wide of the far post.

Nick Giles completed the scoring when he drilled the ball home from ten yards.

Cleal gave a second debut to the returning Alex Cheal, who was a late replacement for Soule who went off with a slight pull.

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