A Harry Kennedy hat trick helped Gamlingay return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 victory over struggling Cottenham United at The Eco.
United began the game well and were rewarded with an early goal thanks to a mix up in the Cottenham defence which allowed the ball to bounce through to Harry Kennedy, and he smashed the ball home from six yards.
The goal appeared to spur the visitors on for an equaliser and they came close to doing so on a number of occasions as the Gamlingay defence struggled with set pieces.
Fortunately, the Cottenham centre half’s radar was off as he was unable to hit the target with a number of free headers inside the Gamlingay box.
At the other end James Worboys fired just wide, and debutant Sam Davidson, who is on loan from St Ives Town for the remainder of the season, could have marked his debut with a goal only to see his shot from a tight angle go straight at the keeper.
The visitors started the second half well, putting pressure on the home side and forcing a couple of corners that the Gamlingay defence had to be on their toes to deal with.
It was from a corner that Gamlingay doubled their lead in the 60th minute. Worboys delivered it deep to the back post and Kennedy rose highest to power the ball home from close range for his second of the afternoon.
Five minutes later and the scoreline was extended further and it was another corner which did the job. Worboys again delivered, this time to the penalty spot, and Dominic Ascroft-Walker stooped in front of his marker to head home from 12 yards.
The game was wrapped up with 20 minutes remaining when Davidson’s trickery saw him cut into the box from the right flank before he was brought down by the Cottenham centre half. The penalty was given and Harry Kennedy sent the keep the wrong way to complete his first hat trick for the club.
Overall, it was a pretty even game except for the 10 minute period in the second half where Gamlingay put the game to bed.
Still, the win pushes Gamlingay up to ninth in the table with the opportunity to move up into the top six with a few good results in the coming weeks.
Man of the match was Harry Kennedy.
Saturday sees Gamlingay travel to in-form Lakenheath.