Ship finally up and running
ASHFORD AND DISTRICT SATURDAY LEAGUE: Norris League Cup
ANDY NORRIS hit a second-half hat-trick as The Ship finally had something to celebrate in the Ashford and District Saturday League.
The first division’s bottom club were without a win in any competition this season but broke their duck in fine style by beating Premier Division Lydd A 5-2 in the League Cup.
The Ship were a goal down at the break but they responded superbly in the second half with Norris taking centrestage.
Tobias Goodwin and Tim Martin were their other scorers before Lydd gained a late consolation.
The top individual display of the day came from Rolvenden’s Tim Sims, who scored five in his side’s 6-1 win over AFC Ocean. Jack Rowley netted the other. Premier Division provided surprisingly one-sided as leaders Hamstreet trounced Hope Inn 11-2.
They scored five times against the wind in the first half through Darren Moody, Darren Warburton, Paul Burt and Shay McGuinness.
Two minutes into the second half, the Hope were awarded a penalty which Jace Dempster converted but within eight minutes, Burt had completed his hat-trick to make it 6-1.
Warburton’s second of the afternoon made it seven and McGuinness then fired in an eightminute hat-trick.
James Cross did manage a second for the home side but Joe Spicer had the final say for Hamstreet when he hit their 11th with four minutes remaining.
The win was Hamstreet’s seventh in eight matches and extended their lead over the Hope to 10 points.