JACK SMYTH hit a hat-trick as Tytherington Rocks recorded a comfortable cup win against Finchampstead.
Finchampstead had the edge in the early minutes, but Rocks gradually picked up the pace and after 25 minutes took the lead when a free kick by Stuart Nelson into the box was met by Jack Smyth, who headed clear of the keeper.
After a poor pass back by Rocks defender Courtney Charles in the 29th minute passing back to keeper Kevin Freeman brought down a Finchampstead player and conceded a penalty.
The spot kick was driven low to the Freeman’s right by Sean Cahill to equalise.
Just on half time Rocks regained their lead when Smyth hit the ball low into the corner of the net.
The second half was mostly one way traffic with Rocks creating chances and not being able to finish them off.
However, on 60 minutes a perfect through ball from Sam Taylor found Smyth,who took it forward a few yards before curling a left footed shot from 15 yards into the net away from the keeper’s right to complete the scoring.
With Jack Smyth’s hat trick earning him the man of the match accolade from manager for the day Jason Wood it rounded off another good team performance.
Rocks can now look forward to the next round when they play away to Hellenic Premier side Highmoor Ibis from the on March 9.
This Saturday the Rocks are at home to Fairford Town in Division One West, 3pm l Rocks reserves played Southmead CS United away and kept their excellent form going by winning 5-0 to remain top of the Bristol Suburban Premier Two.