Two wins out of two for Peterborough League Division Five newcomers Deeping United
Ryan Ellwood celebrated his birthday in style by hitting a hat-trick as Deeping United continued their free-scoring start to the Peterborough League campaign on Saturday.
Ellwood - who turned 21 on Saturday - fired a 29-minute treble as United ran out convincing 9-2 winners in their Division Five clash at Warboys Reserves.
Nathan Smith also struck three times with Steve Christmas, Leandro Silva and Max Snowden completing the haul for Ian Abbott and Mark Wyer’s charges.
They have now scored 20 goals in their opening two games and joint manager Abbott admitted he sympathised with the frustration of their opponents who have felt the full force of a strong Deeping side.
He said: “The attitude from our lads has been really good and I can’t fault any of them. Consistency will be the key for us this season.
“But we have had some negative comments about our side being in Division Five.
“We did ask the league to go higher and showed them a list of players who we had recruited, but as a new club we had to start in Division Five.
“I can understand other teams being frustrated at having to play us, but we’re not the only ones who have been in this position.
“The frustrations should really be aimed at the league because I feel Division Five should be a stepping stone for youngsters in a team with a couple of older heads to help them out.”
It took Deeping just five minutes to break the deadlock on Saturday against a Warboys side who had won their opening league match of
Ellwood, who scored a hat-trick last week, started where he had left off as he used his explosive pace to create the chance which was then matched by a fine finish.
Christmas converted a back post header to double the advantage before Ellwood added his second and United’s third.
Snowden struck the fourth before Ellwood completed his treble 11 minutes before half-time.
The scoring spree continued after the break with Smith striking home a fine volley from a Josh Raven cross before converting an Ellwood assist.
Warboys replied with two well-taken strikes from Ellis Ball before Deeping added another double in the final five minutes.
Smith completed his hat-trick - which followed up last week’s four-goal haul - before Silva sealed the success.
The victory has Deeping at the top of the early standings while Stamford Lions A are at the other end of the table after a 5-0 home loss to Huntingdon Town Development - their second successive defeat.
Rippingale and Folkingham Reserves lost their first game of the campaign after a 5-2 home loss to Park Farm Pumas. Edward Hart was among their goalscorers.
Newly-promoted Casterton have three wins from four games in Division Four after a 4-3 derby victory over Thurlby Tigers.
Ryan Brown blasted a hat-trick for Casterton with Michael Faulkner also on target. Will Harris hit a double for Tigers with Jack Hinks their other marksman.
David Howe’s goal helped King’s Cliffe Reserves share the spoils in a 1-1 home draw with Limetree.
Wittering Harriers Reserves struck seven goals in their home Division Three victory over Whittlesey A.
Danny Morrell and Brandon Williams both bagged braces with Matthew Handley and Jack White also on target against a Whittlesey side who scored three times themselves.
Glinton and Northborough went down to a 3-2 home loss to Holbeach United Sports despite goals from Tom Neaverson and Rhys Lenton while Uppingham Reserves suffered a 9-0 home humbling by a strong Farcet side.
Rippingale and Folkingham have made a strong start to the Division Two campaign after following up last week’s 16-goal bonanza with a 5-2 away success at Long Sutton Reserves.
James Ferrow fired another hat-trick with Lewis Fountain and Kai Willerton also on target.
Newly-promoted Stamford Bels Reserves were 3-2 away winners at Thorpe Wood courtesy of goals from Luke Elsom, Sam Ford and Josh Dowell.
Stamford Lions Reserves lost narrowly by a solitary strike at Netherton’s second string while Ketton Reserves were hit for six by visiting Warboys.
Stamford Bels also conceded six goals in their Division One defeat at home to Crowland. Joe McDonald netted their consolation.
King’s Cliffe shared the spoils in a high-scoring 4-4 away draw at Premiair. Corey Gray grabbed a double with Doradon Pjetra also on target.