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AXHOLME Raiders played host to Broughton for the first home game of the new season.

A full squad of players had made themselves available for the game to give the Raiders coach a selection headache. The game kicked off with both teams having spells of early possession, and opportunities to open the scoring opened up at both ends. A back four of Hobson, Harvey, Coggan and Walker, coped well with all Broughton had to offer.

It was the Raiders who were to create the first real chance, and it came from midfielder Young whose shot was well saved by the keeper. Tuplin was next to threaten the Broughton goal with a header from a Hazel corner.

The inevitable breakthrough came from a corner this time taken by Tuplin who saw his cross seen home by Hicken, 1-0 to the Raiders.

More Raiders chances came with Hazel going close on more than one occasion after good work from Smith. Hazel then became provider for Tuplin to score his first Raiders goal with a great finish to make the half time score 2-0.

The second half kicked off with the Raiders midfield and defence being put on the back foot by the Broughton lads, keeper Whiteley had been a spectator for most of the first half, but was suddenly finding himself busy.

Some changes were made by both teams, and Cuthbert and Musgreaves came on for the Raiders and were made to work hard down the left side chasing back with strong defending and supporting the forward line.

Watchman and Andrews had also joined the game and helped to created the Raiders third goal, after Watchman found Andrews on the right wing a great cross came over for Smith to head home into the roof of the net, 3-0.

All the hard work was paying off for the Raiders and they soon extended their lead again after a corner was headed in by Burr to make it 4-0.

The fifth goal soon followed, and it was Tuplin who played in Walker on the right side. Walker hit a pinpoint cross for Hazel to head past the Broughton keeper.

With the game effectively safe more changes were made, and while the Raiders were reorganising Broughton made the most of some uncertainty by scoring two goals in quick succession to make the score 5-2, but the Raiders regained their composure and sealed victory after a long Young throw was headed home by Burr to make the final score 6-2.

Raiders MOM went to captain Liam Walker.