Allen's hat-trick keeps Gala Wilton at summit of the County League
THERE were three hat-tricks in the Gloucestershire County League on Saturday, with Chris Fower of Frampton United hitting his second treble in as many weeks.
Lee Allen also fired in three for leaders Gala Wilton, while Dave Merrick of Longlevens also bagged a hat-trick.
Gala Wilton stayed top with a convincing 5-0 win over Bristol Telephones, with Longlevens remaining second after their 6-3 win over Hanham Athletic.
Gala thumped five into the Bristol Telephones net without reply.
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The opening goal came on three minutes when Brett James was impeded in the box and Allen netted from the spot.
A second goal from the home side came in the 37th minute with a cross shot from James into the far corner. Right on half-time the home side went 3-0 up from a long ball pumped up field by home keeper Ollie Hall, with Allen picking the ball up to run at the visitors' defence before driving the ball home.
Telephones were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute after Greg Artus handled, but Hall saved Luke Palmer's spot kick to keep a clean sheet.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men soon after as keeper Chris Blammon was dismissed for a second bookable offence, Mike Grist taking over in goal.
Allen's shot from the edge of the box in the 82 minute put the home side 4-0 up.
Two minutes later Telephones were reduced to nine men when Luke Palmer was shown a straight red. Mike Grist then saved a penalty to deny the home side fifth goal but that came in the very last minute from Luke Halliday chipping the keeper.
Longlevens bounced back from their defeat last week with victory over Hanham.
They went into the break with 5-0 lead with a hat-trick from Merrick and one each from Elliot Sausman and Craig Martin.
Hanham hit back in the second half and pulled the score back to 5-3 with a penalty from Shaun Morris on 65 minutes.
Craig Stone then scored again for the visitors and a header from Adam Grinter on 72 minutes rocked the boat.
The home side knuckled down and made the game safe in the 80th minutes with header from Dave Rich.
Fower set up Dan Huxstep to open the scoring at Frampton United where Ellwood were beaten 4-0.
Fower then netted a second for the home side on 21 minutes after being set up by Steve Jackson.
Two late second half goals from Fower a header on 80 minutes and a 25 yard drive on 86 minutes capped a good afternoon for both Fower and Frampton.
King's Stanley and Bishop's Cleeve Reserves played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Rockleaze Rangers gained their second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over Berkeley Town
Three goals came for the home side in the space of four minutes in the first half.
The opener scored by Oshane West came on 25 minutes with a second straight from the kick-off from West again.
A third on 29 minutes from Sam Andrews put the home side into a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Rich Reece scrambled a goal for Berkeley in the 35th minute and they scored a consolation goal in the 90th from Paul Brooks.