Captain Jason Lee scored the perfect hat-trick to guide Daventry Town to their best Evo-Stik Northern Premier League victory this season at Gresley on Saturday.
All three of Lee’s goals at the Derbyshire outfit came in the first half of the 4-1 victory.
Nabil Shariff added a fourth goal in the second half before squandering the opportunity to bag a brace from a late penalty as Daventry consolidated fifth place in Division One South.
Daventry made the most of the set-pieces and were rewarded in the 15th minute when Barry Deacon’s pin-point corner saw Lee power an unstoppable header past rookie keeper Lloyd Ransome, deputising for Calum Ferrie.
Town almost doubled their lead when Deacon’s corner found Mitchell Piggon who turned and hit a fine shot towards the top corner but Ransome turned it away.
But the Moatmen equalised in the 32nd minute when Jack Langston hit a free-kick around the wall and despite Ben Heath getting a hand to the ball he was unable to keep it out.
Joe Curtis and substitute Karabo Motschweni blocked shots on the line to prevent Gresley getting on the front foot in the game. But Daventry hit two more goals before halftime with Lee completing his hat-trick.
He restored Daventry’s lead in the 36th minute when he fired home following a Joe Curtis corner. And Lee completed his hat-trick on the stroke of halftime from another corner when he took advantage of a weak punch from Ransome to score from close range.
Daventry added a fourth goal in the 63rd minute when Piggon provided an assist for Shariff to complete a satisfactory afternoon’s partnership.
Shariff has now scored in his last three games since returning from Stamford Town.
But he missed the chance to bag another goal from a late penalty following a foul on Kieran Fitzgerald when Ransome saved his spot-kick.