Paul Hemmingway scored an incredible eight goals as Denaby United hammered Hemsworth Town Terriers 14-0.
Hemmingway took his season’s tally to 21 in the rout, which also saw a hat-trick from United’s other prolific frontman, Steve Ellor.
On a blustery, cold afternoon, the suggestion was that the conditions may prevent any good football being played.
But Paul Noonan’s men had other ideas, as they crushed the sorry Terriers to go eight points clear of second-placed Rossington MW at the top of the Doncaster Senior League’s Premier Division.
United, who gave a season debut to Andrew Armstrong, took 13 minutes to open the scoring, when Ellor finished from Ryan Scott’s pass.
Craig Loftus doubled United’s advantage after 24 minutes, when he met Hemmingway’s right-wing corner, and it was three when Hemmingway latched on to Andrew Wood’s measured pass and notched his first of the afternoon.
The performance of the United midfielders belied the difficult conditions, and Hemmingway and Ellor were being supplied with chances at regular intervals.
The latter notched his second with a strike from 25 yards after Ainslie Finney’s pass, and he sealed his hat trick soon after when he again combined with Finney and found the bottom corner of the net.
The Reds went into the break 6-0 ahead, when Wood again set up Hemmingway to score.
There was n0 respite for the Terriers in the second half, as United went 7-0 ahead inside three minutes.
A cross from Finney was only half-cleared to Wood, who scored with a powerful drive.
United were well and truly on the front foot now, and they added an eighth two minutes later. Steve Ellor’s powerful run ended with a shot, which was parried only as far as Hemmingway who tapped into the empty net with ease.
The outclassed Terriers were beginning to show their frustration now, and Mick Russon was withdrawn after suffering one too many robust challenges.
But United carried on their dominance, and Hemmingway made it 9-0 with a fine solo effort just before the hour mark.
Hemsworth’s only effort of the game came on 64 minutes, but Ben Priestly was untroubled. A fine move involving Loftus and Ashley Cantrell allowed Hemmingway to put United in double figures with the goal of the game, and it was 11 when Finney took the ball from the kick-off, waltzed through the Hemsworth defence and finished well.
Hemmingway bagged his sixth of the afternoon from Ellor’s pass, and he made it 13-0 with a rifled finish.
And fittingly, it was Hemmingway who capped the rout with his eighth of the afternoon, eight minutes from time.
n Denaby: Priestly, Cantrell, Loftus, Scott, Mullen, Armstrong (Vickers), Russon (Mills), Wood, Finney, Ellor, Hemmingway.