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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2013 07:46pm
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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A second half hat-trick from Simeon Smith helped Southam United to what was ultimately a comfortable 5-0 win over Castle Vake JKS, but which had looked anything but in the opening 45 minutes.

In the first Saints attack, Lee Thomas sent a long ball to Robbie Stephens, but his shot lacked power and Jordan Ellis saved easily. Kieran Conway pulled off a good save to keep out a Seb Hamilton strike that took a deflection and then denied Brad Hall, who was well placed to score.

Hall wasted another chance when, unmarked at the far post, he headed over from close range and Andy Wilson-King did just enough to stop Sean Ellis getting in a shot. Hall again sent an effort over the bar before Hamilton failed to get a header on target from a Craig Gasiewski cross.

Despite having the better chances, JKS found themselves a goal down six minutes before half-time when Tom Muldoon sent a long ball over the top of their defence and Stephens hit a fierce shot that Ellis got a hand to, but couldn’t stop from hitting the net.

Ellis nearly paid the price for wandering off his line when Joss Holford’s long-range effort went close before Muldoon provided Smith (pictured) with the perfect pass and Saints leading striker made no mistake into the far bottom corner.

A Holford free kick, following a foul on Brad Rees, went just in front of Thomas Dyke and Simon Hicks at the far post before Stephens won the ball out on the right and it was worked into the path of Smith who thumped it home.

Smith got his hat-trick in the 70th minute after good work by Thomas and Oli Manoochehri. Saints made it five on the stroke of full time when Manoochehri cut inside and gave Ellis no chance.

Next Saturday, Saints entertain third placed Bolehall Swifts at Banbury Road, kick off 3.00pm.

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