Melton Foxes under 11s finished comfortable winners over local rivals Asfordby on a cold, wet evening.
A scrappy start saw the visitors push Foxes back with some probing through balls, but Freddie Welch and Tom Fairbrother kept things under control.
Max McCarthy and Sam Chipman combined well and played in Harry Window who narrowly missed before Joey Smith released Nathan Boivin whose mazy run and shot hit the side netting.
Toby Lumb found space behind the Asfordby defence, and twice made the keeper work in quick succession. Asfordby cleared their lines well, but the long balls were collected easily by keeper Connor Gill.
Lumb broke through again from Boivin’s crisp pass, but was denied a penalty, but when the Asfordby keeper’s quick goal kick found Chipman who drove the ball straight back into the net.
Melton began to win the midfield battle and found Boivin and McCarthy in their wide positions. Lumb and Window both went close before a moment of brilliance saw Chipman double the lead.
He spun past two players and sprinted the length of the pitch before beating the last defender and the keeper.
Melton continued their good work after the break and good runs from Window and Lumb earned several corners. Chipman’s header went close from Boivin’s delivery before Smith’s long-range effort went narrowly wide.
Fairbrother and Welch were commanding at the back as Asfordby tried to break through, and it was 3-0 when Boivin forced and then took another corner. McCarthy shifted the ball quickly to Chipman who smashed in for his hat-trick.
When Lumb was fouled just outside the area, Smith’s fine free kick just cleared the bar. But Welch won possession again and his perfect ball set up man-of-the-match Chipman to deftly chip the keeper for his fourth.
A good Foxes performance against hard-working Asfordby.
Foxes: C. Gill, J. Smith, F. Welch, T. Fairbrother, S. Chipman (c), M. McCarthy, N. Boivin, H. Window, T. Lumb, A. Cropper.