JET BLADES 2 SOUTHAM UNITED 6 - Coventry Charity Cup 12/10

Leading scorer Levi Steele led the way with a hat-trick as Saints ran up a big score for the second week running to progress to the next round of the Coventry Charity Cup, writes David Hucker.

The afternoon hadn't started well for Saints, however, as they found themselves a goal down to Coventry Alliance side Jet Blades, but they were back on terms on 18 minutes when Ricky Barby converted a cross from Steele to make it 1-1.

Steele scored the first of his goals in the 27th minute with a lob over the keeper and stretched the Saints lead further with his second on the half-hour.

Going into the second half at 3-1, Saints were looking comfortable and they got another in the 61st as Steele set up Frankie Baigent whose shot was saved, but Ethan Champkins was on hand to slot home the rebound.

Steele brought up his second hat-trick of the season in the 55th minute before being replaced by Daniel Long, who struck within two minutes of coming on the field to make it 6-1. Although Saints conceded another goal late on, it was all over bar the shouting and Richard Kay's team went into the hat for the draw for the next round.

“Another excellent win and unlike previous cup games where we went out because of missed opportunities, we took our chances in front of goal which was the difference” said Kay.

“Performances are good, because the hunger, desire and,work rate has been consistent to go alongside the quality we are currently showing in the final third. Competition for places is also driving standards on the pitch. We have goals in the team, which is so important in winning games of football and we couldn't be going into the next game in any better form and momentum.”

Saints are in cup action again on Saturday when they visit Folly Lane in the Birmingham FA Saturday Vase.

Southam United: Krzysztof Zylski, Curtis Green, Ben Tennant, Ashley Knights, Brandon Smith [Capt.], Pat O’Brien, Ellis Champkins, Ricky Barby (Si Barby 62), Levi Steele (Daniel Long 70), Frankie Baigent, Ethan Champkins (Chidilim Okolo 62)

News // 235 weeks ago