BYRON O’Regan scored a second-half hat-trick as Bakers Arms overturned a two-goal half-time deficit to beat Swindon Supermarine Development 4-3 and climb to second place in the Swindon & District League Premier Division table.

Cameron Shrubb’s double and a strike from Kyle Bowyer had Marine heading back to the changing rooms 3-1 to the good on Saturday but Bakers boss Pete Smith was able to galvanise his troops during the break.

The match mirrored the last outing for Smith’s side a week earlier, in which they led Lower Stratton 2-0 at the interval only to lose 3-2.

With that defeat still raw in the memory, Smith always felt his troops were capable of turning the game around as they leapt from fifth in the standings to become the closest pursuers of leaders Tawny Owl.

“We’d dominated the play in the first half but Supermarine have got so much pace up front that they kept getting in behind us and we were 3-1 down at half-time,” said Smith.

“I think their front two are only about 18 or 19, whereas the average age of our back four is early 30s. We had to play to our strengths, get in early and not let them turn.

“It wasn’t really much of a talk at half-time, more of an argument. Last week we were 2-0 up at half-time and ended up losing 3-2 so I told them we should know what happens if you come out in the second half and aren’t up for it.

“The players did really well in the second half and I’m pleased we were able to turn it around.”

Aston Glover scored Bakers’ other goal in the first half and manager Smith was delighted with the efforts of both of his scorers.

“Byron was struggling with his ankle early on but I just told him to see if he could run it off and he ended up getting a hat-trick,” said Smith.

“Aston scored again too and he has got 11 goals in six games for us now this season, so those two are doing really well.”

Elsewhere, Wroughton Reserves scored a magnificent seven goals as they inflicted a fourth defeat in five league games on bottom side Swindon Centurians Spectrum.

Jamie Pidgeon and Daryll Chambers both scored hat-tricks, with Morgan Watts also on target, while Ayden Knowler netted for Spectrum.

There was just a solitary game in Division One as Chiseldon climbed into second place with a 4-2 success at Highworth Town Development.

James Lovell struck twice for Chiseldon and there was one each for Arron Smith and Tom Davis, while Owen Smith got Highworth’s two goals.

Meanwhile, Tawny Owl, FC Dorcan, Ramsbury, Brockhill United, Redhouse and Wheatsheaf Stratton all tasted victory in the second round of the Wiltshire Junior Cup.