Bell completes hat-trick as Puritans go goal crazy

Banbury United's Mark Bell gets out of a tight spot against Wantage Town NNL-160201-192208002
Banbury United's Mark Bell gets out of a tight spot against Wantage Town NNL-160201-192208002

Mark Bell completed a hat-trick as Banbury United hit eight goals for the second time this season.

The Puritans thumped lowly Wantage Town 8-1 in Saturday’s Evo-Stik Southern League clash at Spencer Stadium to end a run of three games without a win.

Substitute Leam Howards bagged a brace on his return following his three-match suspension while Zac McEachran, George Nash and Ricky Johnson also got on the score sheet as Mike Ford’s side picked up three facile Division One South & West points.

United only had to wait ten minutes to make the breakthrough when Bell bagged his opener but they took until five minutes before the break to double their advantage. This time Bell scored with a 20 yard free-kick into the corner of the net.

United increased their lead in the fourth minute of stoppage-time through McEachran and a minute after the restart Nash opened his account for the Puritans.

Wantage reduced the arrears through Aaron Ferris in the 57th minute but Howards came off the bench to grab two goals in as many minutes. Howards hit number six in the 76th minutes and doubled his tally 60 seconds later before top scorer Johnson got on the score sheet in the 83rd minute, leaving Bell to complete his hat-trick a minute later.