Stitch2Print Devon & Exeter League Division One: Hatherleigh Town 3, Wellington Reserves 9
An away day goal fest saw our Reserves stretch their unbeaten run to seven games and move up into third position in the division.
A rapid start saw striker Rohan Poulsom register a well-executed quick brace on four and six minutes which rocked the home side.
After dominating with some neat cohesive football, the next reward came on 34 minutes with the goal of the game, striker Luke Perry timing his run and volleying home to complete a flowing six-pass move.
However, the home side gave themselves a lifeline with a stunning long shot which flashed inside the top corner to give keeper Tom Hyam no chance on 35 minutes and then some poor defending from a throw-in was gratefully accepted by the hosts to reduce the arrears two minutes later.
Now rattled, the Tangerines refocused, returning to the game plan with vigour, and that resulted in wing back Dominic Healey finishing with a low drive on 43 minutes, followed by central defender Tom Davies with a trademark header from a corner on the stroke of half-time to make it 5-2.
The second half commenced with Poulsom completing his hat-trick on 49 minutes with a neat finish before a low shot deceived Hyam as the hosts reduced the arrears minutes later.
It was one-way traffic from here on with the Tangerines dominant in all areas of the pitch, which led to a further goal on 55 minutes from Perry for his well-deserved brace with an instinctive low drive.
The scoring was completing by midfielder Connor Noble on 58 minutes, winning a 50/50 tackle to tap home, and finally wing back Jordan Sellick on 65 minutes with another low shot.
On his introduction, Logan Sellick saw two efforts hit the woodwork with fellow substitutes Wes Poulsom and Ned Ogilvie also going close.
An emphatic result which, in truth, has been promised for several weeks. With competition for a shirt at a premium, this evolving group of players have the momentum and ability to finish strongly in the closing stages of the season.
Team: Tom Hyam, Mark Owen (cpt) Tom Davies, Dylan Groves, Jordan Sellick, Dominic Healey, Connor Noble, Will Armstrong, Aaron Hawkings, Rohan Poulsom, Luke Perry. Substitutes: Wesley Poulsom, Ned Ogilvie and Logan Sellick (all used).
The Reserves will be hoping for a repeat performance when the two sides meet again at the Playing Field on Saturday, ko 3pm.