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FC Stratford hit ten as Parker and Gifford run riot

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HOT-SHOTS Dylan Parker and James Gifford both scored hat-tricks as goal-hungry FC Stratford chalked up a second double-figure tally in three matches.

Dave Poulson’s side swept aside Continental Star 10-0 away in their Midland League Division Three contest to make it six games out of six in all competitions this season.

Five goals came in the first half and five in the second but Stratford lie second, six points behind GNP Sports, who have won all their six league games, while Stratford have two games in hand.

Parker opened the scoring from Dean Poulson’s pass and Parker then set up Gifford after Adam Hemming made the initial interception.

Parker converted Tom Parnaby’s ball over the top for 3-0 and Parnaby added a fourth from Hemming’s cross before more good work from the midfielder allowed Gifford to score at the far post.

Early in the second half Parker smashed home his hat-trick before new signing Dan Stokes marked his first appearance since rejoining from Littleton with a header into the net from Tom Dyke’s cross.

Stokes turned provider for Gifford to complete his treble to make it 8-0 before sub Ben Hill bagged number nine and then created the opening for Hemming to finish at the far post.

Alcester Town were also among the goals as they walloped basement side Castle Vale Town 9-1 at Stratford Road.

Ellis Kalach led the way with a hat-trick, while Alfie Bloomer and James Ward both scored twice. Matt Chambers and sub Will Beach also netted.

It was 4-0 after half-time after Kalach’s treble and a James Ward free-kick.

Bloomer set up Ward for his second and then Chambers found the top corner before Bloomer set up Beach for his first goal for Alcester. Bloomer’s hard work was rewarded with goals number eight and nine but then missed a penalty opportunity to seal his hat-trick.

Shipston Excelsior’s frustrations continued as they lost 3-2 away to Coventrians.

James Drinkwater scored for the third game in a row – taking his tally to six in three - with Joe Godson also on target.

Racing Club Warwick cruised into the first round of the FA Vase after Luke Cole’s hat-trick inspired a 7-1 win at home to Coventry Copsewood.

The Racers had the perfect start to lead 2-0 after eight minutes after Henry Leaver and Luke Church both netted.

Sean Kavanagh and Cole made it four at half-time before Cole and Kavanagh struck twice in two minutes midway through the second period and Cole completed his treble seven minutes from time.

Midland League Division One leaders Studley bowed out of the Vase, however, with a 2-0 home defeat to North West Counties League opponents Hanley Town.

Dan Cope and Martin Stanyer were on target for the Potteries visitors.

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