Kate Finch hit the back of the net six times as Exeter City Ladies recorded a resounding pre-season victory over Alphington.
The match, played at Cullompton Rangers FC, saw City open the scoring when Finch played a fantastic one-two with midfielder Manfy Sharpe before slotting the ball underneath the Alphington keeper.
Some great build-up play then created City and Finch’s second as a driven pass from Beth Beale found Amber Guy-Kemp up front. She then played the ball on to young Erin Romanowski who drove at the Alphington left back before cutting the ball back to Finch to fire home at the back post.
Exeter City Ladies Kate Finch
Finch then grabbed her hat-trick as a strong tackle from Georgie Barbour in central midfield help City regain possession. She then played a good through ball for Finch who rounded the keeper before firing home.
At the start of the second half, Amber Guy-Kemp grabbed her first goal of pre-season as she met a Finch pass on the volley.
The fifth goal saw centre-back Jazz Hervin play a great through ball for Finch to smash in her fourth goal of the day. Sharpe then went close to making it 6-0 but her fierce shot cannoned back off the bar after fantastic work from Guy-Kemp.
Player-of-the-match Beth Beale
The sixth goal came from Beth Beale as she beat three players before having a shot from inside the box. The Alphington keeper made a good save but could only push the ball out to Guy-Kemp to get her second goal of the day.
Guy-Kemp then turned provider as she chipped a pass into her strike partner Finch who lobbed the goalkeeper from 25 yards out.
Romanowski then drove to the byline once more before squaring the ball back to Finch to make it eight. The final goal of the game saw player-of-the-match Beale drift past two defenders before slotting a shot past the Alphington keeper.
Exeter City Ladies joint-manager Abbie Britton
Abbie Britton, joint-manager of Exeter City Ladies, said: “The result was never in doubt however it was very positive to see the players doing the right things both on and off the ball.
“They worked really hard on the shape of the team and the press and when they got in front of goal they were clinical, which was superb. We would like to thank Alphington for the friendly and we wish them all the best for the upcoming season.”