TORR SPICER fired a hat-trick as Horndean continued their promotion charge in Wessex League division one with a 5-1 thrashing of Fleet Spurs.
But despite beating Fleet 8-2 in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, Dave Carter’s Deans struggled in the opening stages at Five Heads Park last night.
The North Hampshire visitors were fired up for the return clash, forcing Horndean to spend the opening 20 minutes defending.
Horndean keeper Simon Howard made a couple of good saves before the home side woke up.
Gary Austin, Aaron Fennemore and Alex Miroy all went close.
After the break, Miroy used his electric pace to go clear only to fire at keeper Dan Bailey.
The hosts, had a goal dubiously ruled out for offside but they soon edged ahead.
Nathan Paxton chased a long clearance from keeper Howard to blast the opener.
Spicer made it 2-0 when he beat his marker to a Miroy corner and headed home.
Two became three when Austin chased another clearance from Howard to feed Spicer to touch the ball into an empty net.
Fleet hit back as sloppy defending let in Neil Yates to help the ball over the line.
But the visitors saw their hopes of salvaging anything for their plucky efforts dashed when Miroy hammered home a penalty, after Spicer was fouled.
And to make it a memorable evening for the large Horndean following, Spicer blasted home the best goal of the match to complete his hat-trick.
The victory took third-placed Horndean to within one point of second-placed AFC Portchester, with three games in hand.
The Rocks continued their superb away form in Ryman League division one south with a 3-1 win at Ramsgate.
Darin Killpartrick’s league leaders had to come from behind after Warren Schulz fired the Rams ahead.
Luke Nightingale scored his 19th league goal of the season and Ben Johnson netted a rare headed goal before Jason Prior followed up his own saved penalty to grab his 22nd of the campaign.