Deeping have a night of target practice to down Bourne
The future looks bright for Deeping Rangers on the evidence of their eight-goal demolition of Bourne Town at the Haydon Witham Stadium on Tuesday night.
Pre-season friendly or not, there was a chasm between the Clarets and Wakes that made this South Kesteven derby nearly as one-sided as Bayern Munich's 8-2 humiliation of Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final in the Spanish city on Friday night.
Deeping's managerial duo, Lee Clarke and Dan French, only had a minute to wait for the first goal to go in, having taken the luxury of fielding two different outfield teams, one in each half.
The opening goal came from the penalty spot when Clarets' attacker Andy Irvine was upended in the box, with Jake Sansby converting from 12 yards out.
Sansby nearly made it 2-0 when his angled drive from a Mason Rhiney crossfield pass was saved by Bourne keeper Nick Eatough.
That was the cue for ex-Holbeach United and Spalding United striker Jack Smith to help himself to a hat-trick.
Smith's first goal arrived when he linked up with Sansby to roll an effort into the Wakes' net.
The Clarets' third goal came courtesy of Smith again when he tucked home a Rhiney ball over the top of the Bourne defence.
Before netting his hat-trick, Smith could only watch in admiration as Matt Carter curled in a 20-yard effort to make it 4-0.
Things could have been much worse for Bourne before half-time as Rhiney, Sansby and Joey Papworth-Moore all had chances on goal that were either blocked, saved or fired wide.
But Deeping's fifth goal did come eventually as substitute Jake Showler, on for Irvine, darted forward and set up Smith for his third goal of the game.
Not even the presence of ex-Lincoln City and Boston United winger Nathan Arnold, now part of the Wakes' management team, could brighten his team-mates' moods as the goal onslaught continued in the second half.
Two of the three strikes came from the most promising player of the night, one-time Pinchbeck United and Wisbech Town loanee Oli Shackleton who took both his goals well.
Defender Rob Parker-Meadows netted in-between Shackleton's strikes when he finished off a cross from Michael Simpson.
It is safe to say that in this pre-season A15derby, it was not Bourne Town's night.