Cirencester & District League
Hatherop 8
Siddington 2

HATHEROP showed why they have won all eight of their league games this season with an emphatic 8-2 victory over Siddington in the top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Richie Crocker scored five of their goals.

Siddington were missing four players through other commitments but they did at least have the return of Declan King, who did well when asked to play at the back.

Hatherop took the lead halfway through the first half but it proved short-lived as Siddington keeper Mark Ayres went route one and Dennis King headed the ball into the path of James Richards who levelled the scoring at 1-1.

Just before half-time Hatherop took the lead again and Dennis King was unlucky not to equalise when a chance came back off the crossbar.

In the second half Hatherop stepped up a gear and showed why they are worthy league leaders.

But Siddington were not helped when Ayers had to come off injured when caught by a knee to the face in trying to save the third Hatherop goal.

Declan King took over the gloves and 59-year-old assistant manager Michael Richens had to come on as an outfield player.

Hatherop went on to score five more times while James Griffin pulled a goal back with a 35-yard lob over the Hatherop keeper.