Following on from another win against Chemfica in the league, this time with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Hewitson, Brown and Nichol. Fenham were back in Calvert Cup action, against Division One side, Tyne View.
After welcoming Richards back to the starting lineup for the first time this season, Fenham were forced into another reshuffle after seeing Hewitson pull a hamstring early in the first half. Jake White being asked to play in an unfamiliar right midfield role.
Once again Tunesi captained a Dynamo side full of belief, with the ever-improving Orkney at right back and Richardson at left back. In a defence that might have looked makeshift on paper – it was never in question on the field.
In midfield, once again the bank of 5 was on show, with Richards partnered by the much-missed Mark Fryer. Smith returned after a 2 week absence and Nichol tucked in behind (and sometimes in front) of Brown, up front on his own.
A good first half on a decent pitch, saw the sides go into the break all-square. Fenham sensed an upset was on the cards and their belief was well placed as Nichol was brought down by the angry left back for the penalty. With Hewitson off the field, Nichol stepped up and dispatched the penalty past the keeper for a deserved lead.
But Tyne View pegged the Dynamo back with a strike of their own, but Fenham weren’t finished there… Nichol once again got on the scoresheet, breaking clear of the defence before sending a crashing drive into the top corner. And if you thought Kev was going to pass up the chance to berate everyone about his hat-trick, you’d be wrong. Minutes later, after fantastic work from Brown, Nichol was left with the simplest of tasks to complete his first Fenham treble and spark week long celebrations around those who would care to listen, verbally or via tweets. And even to those who weren’t listening.
Tyne View began another fight back and got on the scoresheet again, but with Stokoe and Gavin coming off the bench to offer some fresh legs to replace the tiring Smith and Richards. Fenham deservedly held on to take a famous win.
Selection headaches now beckon for the manager, not least due to Kev’s #goalmachine hashtag on Twitter.