Ship fi­nally up and run­ning

ASH­FORD AND DISTRICT SATUR­DAY LEAGUE: Nor­ris League Cup

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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.

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