Stroud & District Football League Division 3
Minchinhampton FC 4
JACK HORNSBY helped himself to a hat-trick as Minchinhampton were crowned league champions at County Cup winners McCadam.
Earlier, chances came and went with Luke Dickenson and Josh Button the main providers from midfield.
Minch nerves were calmed when a penalty was awarded with Jamie Lees being held back in the area and the same player fired home via the post.
Minch dominated the second period and a deflected Hornsby strike caught out the home keeper.
Charlie Farrington then dissected the McCadam back line with a great ball for Hornsby to open his body and guide the ball across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
Late on, an Ollie Portlock corner fell to Hornsby on the edge of the box and he swivelled and volleyed the loose ball through a melee of players and into the net to notch his hat-trick and Minchinhampton’s fourth.
A disciplined team performance to seal the win necessary to take the title in which Charlie Farrington picked up the man-of-the-match award.
Minch have two league matches remaining with a home game against Cotswold Rangers.
Stroud & District Football League Division 6
Minchinhampton Reserves 6
Sharpness Thirds 0
MINCH RESERVES hit Sharpness for six.
Ed Gosling opened the scoring, bravely finishing past the onrushing keeper. That seemed to give the home side a big confidence boost and Martin Scrivens played a superb ball to Luke Halliday and Sam Wickham finished with a bullet header at the far post.
The visitors responded, but returning keeper James Green was in defiant mood turning in his best performance of the season with several interceptions and saves.
A Sean Baker brace made it 4-0 at the break.
The second-half saw the visitors come at the Minch back line with renewed vigour, but James Green, Kieran Hart , Martin Scrivens, Daniel Matthews and Lee Daniels were in stubborn mood.
Daniels made way for veteran and club stalwart Tom Walpole, who turned back the clock with a superb finish.
Minchinhampton broke forward one last time and some great interplay saw Nick Matthews slot home to tie the top scorer for the season award to three players.
Star Man: James Green.