Nine Tigers mauling and a Blueboy at the top of the tree
- Credit: Mark Long
London Colney slammed nine goals past London Tigers to extend their advantage at the top of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division to 11 points.
The 9-1 win saw hatr-tricks from Spencer Clarke-Mardel and Archie McClelland, two from new signing Dave Parkinson and one from Ashley Morrissey.
It was their 11th win the opening 13 games of the year, victories that have seen them take a firm grip on the division.
Just 31 seconds were needed for the Blueboys to open their account at Avenue Park.
Greg Shaw provided the nod down and Clarke-Mardel supplied the finish off the underside of the bar.
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It was soon 2-0 when Parkinson got his first goal in his second spell at the club following his return from Welwyn Garden City.
He pounced onto a poor backpass and hit a low curling shot passed Ini Amaegebe.
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It very nearly became 3-0 but Clarke-Mardel, Clements and Parkinson all in the space of 30 seconds had shots blocked or cleared of the line as the Blueboys pressed forward in search of another goal.
But it was only a matter of time and Clarke-Mardel got it, heading home a Chris Cutler cross.
As the Blueboys kept pressing forward they were rewarded with yet another goal and it was the skipper who completed his hat-trick, robbing a defender of the ball and lobbing home from 25 yards.
And if Tigers thought the half-time break would ease the pressure, they were wrong.
After Jon Clements had a fierce low drive saved, Parkinson made it five on 51 minutes, Clarke-Mardel providing the assist this time.
Having been off the scoresheet for two games, top-scorer Archie McClelland decided to get in on the act, and he did so in style with a nine minute hat-trick.
His first was lobbed over the keeper after a Parkinson pass set him up, the second was drilled into the bottom corner and the third was headed home after a Morrissey cross.
Tigers did grab what they thought was the final goal with Michael O’Donnell’s free-kick but there was still time for Colney to put the icing on the cake.
After some good build-up work, Parkinson slipped the ball inside and Morrissey bent the ball round the Tigers custodian and into the bottom right hand corner.
The Blueboys bandwagon reaches St Margaretsbury this Saturday for a third successive away game.