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HIGHLIGHTS: Dave Tarpey hits fourth hat-trick of season as Maidenhead United thrash Bath City 5-1

Bath City 1, Maidenhead United 5

Dave Tarpey netted his fourth hat-trick of the season and took his personal tally to 41 goals as Maidenhead United thrashed Bath City on their own turf on Saturday.

United, who hadn’t won at Twerton Park in many a season and have considered Bath one of their bogey sides, banished any lingering demons with a sensational display of attacking football.

The Magpies made April fools of their opponents with a thrilling display of football which brought them three first half goals for Tarpey (two) and Sean Marks, and for good measure they added a further two after the interval, the last of which was a sumptuous volley from substitute Jordan Cox.

City did manage a consolation, a wonderful solo strike from Naby Diallo but, on a day when City conceded five goals at home for the first time since 2001, this was definitely the Magpies day.

The only sour notes on an otherwise perfect afternoon in the Bath sunshine were injuries to Rene Steer and Sam Barratt, and title rivals Ebbsfleet’s 5-1 win over Welling United. Their lead at the top remains three points with five matches left to play.

United led on 10 minutes when, after Marks had been unceremoniously hauled down by City defender Jack Batten, Tarpey registered his 39th of the season from the spot.

The Magpies' second five minutes before the break and after Tarpey had hit the underside of the crossbar with a header and Jack Parkinson had seen two left-footed strikes parried by Max O’Leary. A wonderful passing move saw James Comley thread a ball of the season contender to bisect the City defence and Barratt squared for Tarpey to roll in his simplest goal of the season.

United’s fans behind the goal had barely caught their breath when they were celebrating the third as Tarpey flicked the ball on for Marks to hold off his man and fire past O’Leary.

City threatened late in the half as Marvin Morgan and Shawn McClousky both hit the bar with headers but United’s defence held firm until the interval allowing the side to canter to victory in the second half. It became something of a procession when Tarpey had his heels clipped by Sekani Simpson in the box and rolled home his 41st of the season – via the outstretched palm of O’Leary – from the spot five minutes after the break.

Diallo put in his contender for goal of the game when he jinked in from the left and beat Carl Pentney with a low shot at his near post with 20 to play, but that claim was scrubbed out three minutes from time when Cox, a second half sub for Marks, watched a looped Barratt pass fall out of the sky and thumped a volley into the top corner.

United host East Thurrock United on Saturday.

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Steer (Barratt 30'), Parkinson, Massey, Inman, Tarpey, Comley (Upward 55'), Marks (Cox 69), Mulley, Pritchard. Subs not used: Peters, Smith.

Attendance: 708.

Photo by Nigel Keene.

Video uploaded to Youtube by FC Video.

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Other local results:

Slough Town 3, Kings Lynn 0

Marlow 1, Barton Rovers 2

Hanworth 1, Windsor 2

Reading 1, Leeds 0

Leyton Orient 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2

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