Striker Jordan Harris scored a hat-trick inside six first-half minutes as Exmouth Town FC came back from a goal down to win 6-1 at Bradford Town.
The bumper scoreline marks Town’s biggest away success since their return to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
It betters the five goals they scored on visits to both Cadbury Heath and Street last season.
Just as they had done in the midweek 4-1 home win over Bridport, Town fell a goal down early on at Bradford Town when they were punished for failing to clear their lines.
Parity was restored to the contest on the half-hour mark when Ace High powered home a header.
Jordan Harris did not score in the pre-season, but Town assistant boss Andy Rawlings said of him ahead of the new campaign: “Jordan is a natural finisher and the fact that he has not netted in pre-season does not mean he’ll have a poor time of this time round. He’s class in front of goal – you mark words, he’ll score plenty this season.”
Indeed, Harris needed just six minutes between the High equaliser and the half-time whistle to score a hat-trick and he went on to net a fourth midway through the second half.
Mark Lever then came off the bench to score for the third consecutive game as Town completed an emphatic victory.
The four-goal haul by Harris was the first since Dan Boere netted four in a game against Torpoint Athletic on November 8, 2014.
Last Wednesday evening Town extended their unbeaten home run in the league to 21 games (18 wins, three draws) with a 4-1 victory over Bridport.
Incidentally this was the same scoreline against the Dorset visitors as the opening game last season when Town made their return to the Western League since their withdrawal in 2005.
Apart from going a goal down in the ninth minute, Town dominated proceedings and such was their superiority it was only a question of good goalkeeping and some wayward finishing that the goals for column stayed to just four.
In many ways it was a game of firsts. Max Gillard, deputising as captain for the injured David Rowe, scored his first goal of the season – firing home the equaliser just four minutes after going behind.
Level at the break, Town were ahead in the first minute of the second-half with a well struck shot from Mark Lever.
On 65-minutes, Dan Cullen scored his first goal for the senior side with a firm downward header.
In a rare attack, Bridport had rattled the post but the game was beyond them when a central defender was shown a straight red for a foul in the 71st minute.
Morgan Cullen then made his first appearance in a first-team shirt, coming off the bench with 20 minutes remaining.
The final goal came with three minutes remaining with substitute Ben Steer scoring his first goal of the term.
Town will face a tough task this Wednesday evening (October 7) when they host what looks, on paper at least, to be a mouth-watering clash with table-topping Plymouth Parkway (kick-off 7.30pm).
Parkway’s eight games so far have seen them win seven and draw one. They have netted no fewer than 28 goals and conceded just three, including a 2-0 defeat of Exmouth Town four weeks ago.
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