Super Stanton Ilkeston U14s were too hot to handle when hitting double figures to continue their march towards the Derby City League, Sunday Second Division title.
With Regan Atkinson netting no fewer than six of the goals, Stanton routed New Boulton Athletic 10-1 to extend their unbeaten run this term to 14 matches and stay one point behind leaders Derby Warriors with a game in hand.
The visitors arrived at a sun-bathed Gallows Fields with only one win to their name in 15 league matches all season. And the floodgates were quickly opened as Daniel Stokes met a cross by Louis Hart to guide home a header after only three minutes.
Just six minutes later, Stokes struck again as a patient build-up and good work on the right involving Hart again and also Adam Parsons sent him clear to finish and double the lead.
Atkinson opened his account for the day with a neat finish before Charlie Roach got in on the act with a thunderous half-volley from 15 yards out. Roach added his second in double-quick time and Stanton found themselves 5-0 up with little more than a quarter of an hour on the clock.
Atkinson made it six with another confident finish, capitalising on hesitant defending, and then he quickly completed his first hat-trick when flicking home from a tight angle. Atkinson wasn’t finished either and made it eight by half-time, reacting first to stab home in the box.
New Boulton managed to stem the flow of goals in the second half and although The Ironmen had majority of possession, they came up against a more organised, solid backline.
Indeed it was the visitors who added to the scoreline first when a careless penalty was given away by Stanton for handball.
However, the home side still had the last word when Atkinson, back off the substitutes’ bench, added two more goals in the dying minutes to complete a magnificent double hat-trick.
Stanton now take a break for Easter before entertaining fourth-placed Castle Donington at home in their next match on Sunday, April 3. This will be followed by a trip to play Spondon Dynamos Juniors on Sunday, April 10.
Their big clashes against Derby Warriors, which look sure to decide the title, are scheduled for Sunday, April 24 at home and the last day of the season, Sunday, May 1, away.