Churms hat-trick sees Gamlingay beat table topping Cherries

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Gamlingay United followed up last week’s victory over high flying Cambridge City Reserves with a 5-2 triumph over table topping Cherry Hinton at The Eco on Saturday.

The hosts fell behind to a Ben Mhishi header from a corner after around 25 minutes but were soon back on level terms when Harry Kennedy rose highest from a Leo Churms cross and guided the ball superbly into the far top corner. It was Churms who then gave Gamlingay the lead just before half time when he collected a Jamie Steele knockdown before volleying home from 8 yards.

Frustratingly for the home side, they went into the break level as they failed to clear a corner in first half stoppage time and Joe Bidwell volleyed home from just inside the box.

Gamlingay came out quickly after the break and were rewarded for their early pressure when they were awarded a slightly dubious penalty kick after a James Worboys free kick was deemed to have been handled in the box by a Cherry Hinton defender. Churms made no mistake from the spot to restore Gamlingay’s lead.

The lead was doubled five minutes later when Worboys picked out the run of Churms with a long ball and he headed over the oncoming keeper from the edge of the area to complete his hat-trick.

The scoring was completed on the hour mark when Gamlingay broke quickly from a corner down the left hand side and, after spotting the keeper way off his line, Jamie Steele pulled off an audacious lob from just inside the Cherry Hinton half to make it 5-2.

Matt Cowell kept the visitors down to two with a save down low to his left after another dubious penalty was given for handball. Worboys and Andrew Naylor both went close to extending the hosts’ advantage late on.

This Saturday sees Gamlingay host Hemingfords United.