JOHN Mills fired in his third hat-trick of the season as North Leigh outclassed the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division leaders in a one-sided FA Cup 1st qualifying round contest at Alfredian Park on Saturday.
Although Mills took the plaudits for the Evo-Stik Southern League side, it was Kieran Sanders’s display that had Wantage’s defence chasing shadows.
Wantage keeper Gareth Tucker had already parried a Mills shot before the striker fired home into the top corner after six minutes.
There was a long delay when North Leigh keeper Sam Warrell suffered a nasty gash to his head following an accidental collision with Tom Riowe.
Stuart Hole went in goal before Warrell returned with his head heavily bandaged.
Mills made it 2-0 when he latched onto a defence splitting pass from Wayne Turk.
In the 42nd minute, Jacob Walcott clipped home from Sanders’s pass.
In the seven minutes of injury time added due to Warrell’s injury, Mills hooked home to complete a first-half hat-trick Wantage pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute whenRowe fired home, after good build-up play from Richard Claydon and Tony Joyce. Tucker saved well from North Leigh substitute Lewis Coyle, and then brilliantly stopped a goal-bound header from Tom Franklin. There was a lull before North Leigh added two goals late on from Jon Else and Michael Hopkins to seal a comprehensive victory.
North Leigh: Warrell, Hole, Organ, Turk, Franklin, Caton, Walcott (Else 59), Clark (Alexis 75), Mills (Coyle 64), Sanders, Hopkins. Sub not used: Collins.
Wantage Tn: Tucker, Parish, Alder Mc-Glynn 83,, Chalmersl, Joyce (Edney 71), Jones (McCullough 46), Rowe, Claydon, McMahon, Cottrell. Subs not used: Threlfall, Langford.