Brentford 1-3 Burnley: Three first-half goals helps Clarets to comfortable victory

first_img George Boyd 1 Burnley moved within two points of second-placed Derby in the Championship as they were 3-1 winners over Brentford. The Bees were dealt with a blow beforehand, as defender James Tarkowski, who was set to start for Dean Smith’s side, made himself unavailable for selection after transfer speculation. The outcome was never in doubt after a one-sided first 45 minutes which saw the Clarets boss the game in every area of the field.It took them just 11 minutes to break the deadlock when former Bees striker Andre Gray teed-up Scott Arfield to curl a stunning shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.It was two on the half hour when Barton’s exquisite dipping free-kick cleared the wall and goalkeeper David Button’s outstretched arm to find the net.The first-half footballing lesson continued eight minutes later when a half-hearted headed clearance from Jack O’Connell was returned with interest on the volley by George Boyd to nestle in the bottom corner.The only surprise was that Gray, who left Griffin Park for £9million in the summer, failed to find the net in the opening 45 minutes.He was at the heart of everything positive in the first 15 minutes, firing narrowly wide and setting up Arfield for an early effort which flashed just wide.Brentford fans, who had to wait until the 37th minute for Alan Judge’s first bobbling effort on goal, booed off their men at the break.It was a different story after the break as Brentford emerged the brighter as Burnley sat deep and tried to kill the game off.Judge, also a Burnley target, flashed a shot wide of the upright to signal his side’s intent as the hosts pressed higher up the field.But all too often the final ball lacked quality and when it did reach the danger area Brentford looked toothless in front of goal.Half-time substitutes Sam Saunders and Lasse Vibe sharpened things up and it was no surprise when Judge cut in from the left to fire a low drive under Tom Heaton – a shot the goalkeeper should really have stopped.In the end it was a comfortable win for the Clarets, who closed the gap on leaders Middlesbrough to four pointslast_img read more

December’s Geocacher of the Month

first_imgCongratulations Starkiller_ !Starkiller_’s contributions to his local geocaching community are well-established. Blort says, “Starkiller_ takes great effort to research local history to make interesting caches that teach and inform. He has a knack of finding information that often the people next door do not even know about their area. His CITO events are always well done, complete with a catered breakfast in the woods and lots of local politicians and VIP’s in attendance. Great press coverage follows that showcasing geocaching as a very positive hobby.”adh-yow says, “Whether it was the canoe-borne adventure associated with North Cassel, the incredible creativity of The Rocky Road or the learning opportunities he’s offered through his many South Nation Conservation caches, his time and effort to promote caching in Eastern Ontario has touched many visitors to this part of Canada. Many thanks Starkiller – you exemplify what geocaching can – and should be!”Did we mention that Starkiller_ hosts regular monthly workshops on different topics related to geocaching? If you’re in Eastern Ontario and you’re interesting in up-leveling your geocaching game, you’re probably going to want to find a seat at the table above. Don’t worry…there’s always room for more folks.waxwing454 says, “Starkiller_ is a great geocaching friend and is always helpful as far as advice goes. He’s encouraged me to hold my own event which would never have happened without his support and encouragement. The monthly events which are held in small town in Eastern Ontario attracts ‘cachers from far and wide since they know that besides being able to enjoy a good meal with great caching company, will learn something valuable at the workshop.”Starkiller_ will receive the very special Geocacher of the Month coin and a special prize package from Geocaching HQ, in recognition of his efforts.Send your kudos to Starkiller_ and our other December Geocacher of the Month Nominees. They’ve made the hobby we love a little more fun. 🙂 Geocachers of the world, earlier this month you read about the three outstanding geocaching teams nominated for December 2014’s Geocacher of the Month award. Spanning three countries and two continents, these folks are absolutely the cream of the geocaching crop…assuming there is such a thing.And the nominees are… The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month GeocoinShare with your Friends:More Ralph en Thomas is a geocaching duo out of the Netherlands whose creative cache hides are piling up with favorite points and include everything from beautifully crafted trackable hotels to spine-chilling night-caches.Geocaching team Ralph en Thomasseastar255 is a husband-and-wife team known for their above-and-beyond CITO events on the Space Coast of Florida. Their works helps keep the geocaching game board (earth) a clean and healthy place for all.The Seastars at their favorite zone.Starkiller_ geocaches out of Ontario and is an all-around awesome guy. His monthly geocaching workshops help people advance their geocaching game, and his work with local municipalities and conservation authorities has brought geocaching to places where it might not have been otherwise. Starkiller_, taking geocaching to new heights.The Featured Geocacher of the Month is named by a panel at Geocaching HQ, after reviewing community input and blog comments. It’s a difficult decision, giving the combined contributions of these folks to the geocaching community as a whole.After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, Starkiller_ has been officially named the Featured Geocacher of the Month for December 2014. SharePrint RelatedDecember Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentJanuary 7, 2015In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”February 2015 Geocacher of the Month NomineesMarch 8, 2015In “Community”last_img read more