Deeping United score 11 goals to win first-ever match in Peterborough League
Deeping United enjoyed a 'dream start' to senior football as they kicked-off their first-ever Peterborough League campaign with an emphatic victory on Saturday.
They thrashed Cambridge FC 11-0 in the Division Five clash at Linchfield Road to mark their debut in style.
Nathan Smith struck four times for United with Ryan Ellwood hitting a hat-trick after Max Snowden had scored United's first-ever senior goal.
Josh Raven's double and a Matt Wilkin strike completed the terrific tally for Ian Abbott and Mark Wyer's men who were missing the influential trio of Adam Sparkes, Steve Jucikas and Matty Kent for their league bow.
Abbott said: "The key difference was organisation.
"We didn't let them play. We had spent a lot of time in pre-season working on the basics of defending, keeping our shape and communication.
"We didn't know what to expect from them and we have got to realistic going forward in that we won't know how good each opposition is.
"But it was a really positive. It was a dream start. We are up and running and now need to push on."
United could have broken the deadlock as early as the third minute when they were awarded a penalty after Ellwood was brought down.
However, the Cambridge custodian saved Ellwood's spot kick and they had to wait another nine minutes to score their first goal.
Smith's assist was converted by Snowden which was then followed by Ellwood latching onto a headed clearance from Steven Christmas to double Deeping's lead.
Sixteen-year-old Jack Sharpe set up Ellwood for his second and Deeping's third before Wilkin slotted home a fourth on the stroke of half-time.
There was still time for Smith to finish off a through ball from joint player-boss Wyer to make it five in first half injury-time.
Deeping maintained their dominance after the break with Smith scoring his second six minutes into the second half.
Striker Smith, who had been moved up front from his usual slot on the wing, then completed his hat-trick to make it 7-0 just past the hour mark.
Ellwood then joined Smith on three goals when he converted Conor Barton's through ball to make it eight.
A further three goals then followed in the final eight minutes as half-time substitute Raven headed home an Ellwood cross at the back post.
Smith sent Deeping into double figures with his fourth of the game from Wilkin's pass before 16-year-old Raven completed the rout after firing home a low shot.
Deeping: Merryweather, Wyer, Sharpe, Christmas, Barton, Ellwood, Johnson, Silva, Smith, Snowden, Wilkin. Subs used: Abbott, Raven.
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