AS far as missions go, Sleights striker Marc Kipling looked to have landed himself a particularly tough one after accepting a bet with chairman Damien Locker to net the club’s first-ever hat-trick.
However, the 22-year-old responded with not three, but five goals, to help his side rout hosts Cayton Reserves 7-2, this past Saturday.
It took just two minutes for the visitors to grab the lead.
A defence-splitting pass freed Kipling, who slotted beneath a perplexed Cayton keeper.
Number two arrived 15 minutes later when the ever-impressive Ian Smith rifled home from 25 yards, via a defender’s shin.
Sleights added a third through Kipling to give the away side a comprehensive 3-0 lead at the break.
Expecting an onslaught from Cayton that never came, Sleights were rewarded for their crisp passing when Kipling grabbed his hat-trick with an inch-perfect lob.
Goal number five soon followed with a second chip from the confident forward, who even added his fifth goal with another neat finish.
Cayton responded with two late goals against the run of play, only for super-sub Max Woodhouse to strike in the last five minutes with an inch-perfect pass into the back of the net.
It rounded a great day for Sleights FC and player-manager Jim Howard, who was quick to praise his nap-hand marksman.
He told the Whitby Gazette: “I thought Marc’s running off the ball, stretching the back four constantly, enabled him to find himself in such advanced offensive positions.
“He truly deserved his five goals today and as his manager, I am very happy for him.
“However, I would like to say, that if it wasn’t for the service provided by Marc’s team-mates, he wouldn’t have found today so easy.”
Cayton Corinthians Reserves 2 Sleights FC 7