Jason Silver grabbed a hat-trick as Petersfield Town stormed to a 5-0 win at lowly Andover New Street in Wessex League division one.
He struck twice in the first half – along with a double from Callum Coker – as the visitors raced into a 4-0 lead at the break.
The pacy soldier, who recently returned from Afghanistan, then completed the rout with the only goal of the second half.
‘We have got a tidy side that likes to pass the ball but Jason gives us an added dimension,’ said Town manager Ian Saunders.
‘He possesses blistering pace and has a great eye for goal.
‘In the past he has played at Gosport and Salisbury and is a Portsmouth lad.
‘I have known him for a while and he’s happy to play and help our cause this season.’
The win moved Town up to fourth – putting them right back into the promotion race as the heavy rain left their rivals kicking their heels.
Petersfield were somewhat surprised to be playing themselves, especially on their arrival at New Street’s Foxcotte Park.
But despite the appalling conditions, the referees were keen to play and both clubs deserve credit for still trying to play good football.
Praise was also due to the Andover club’s groundstaff, who worked tirelessly in the pouring rain to give the players as good a surface as was possible in the conditions.