PRIORY Vale manager James Aghabi hailed the efforts of his forwards after an emphatic 8-0 victory over Marlborough Town Reserves in Division One of the Swindon & District League on Saturday.

A hat-trick each from top scorer Richie Miles and Damian Gwendezi did the brunt of the damage at Hooper’s Field in Wanborough, while Craig Smith and Chandler Cooper also got on the scoresheet for Vale.

The victory was Vale’s fifth of the season so far and keeps them within a point of league leaders Chiseldon following their own win at the weekend.

But while Vale are second in terms of points, they are six clear of any other side in the goals scored difference column – something that manager Aghabi has been thrilled to see in what is only the club’s second season in operation.

Aghabi said: “A big part of our game this season has been scoring goals.

“We struggled for them last season – I think our top scorer got six maybe – so the fact that we have the best goal difference in the league by some way shows how hard we’ve worked on our recruitment and on our goalscoring prowess.

“Our guys at the back have been really important too. We have got the best central defensive partnership in the league, without a doubt.

“They’re both class players. They’re good on the ball and they are capable of playing it around when necessary.

“Our full-backs are decent, and we’ve got a really good goalkeeper. The only game he didn’t play, we lost.”

Aghabi also made no secret of the fact that his team has aspirations of winning the league title too.

The Vale boss says scoring as many goals as possible against weaker opposition will be key, and they have one of the best goalscoring talents around to do it in Miles.

Aghabi said: “We absolutely want to try to win the league this season.

“When we went for a second season, and we brought in the players that we have done, we knew the league was a very achievable target.

“Our top scorer, Richie Miles, used to be one of the most lethal strikers around, and he’s still very good now.

“We’ve got goals coming from all over the pitch, and we think that’s important because goal difference is going to play a big part in whoever wins the league.”

Elsewhere, in the only other Division One fixture to take place on Saturday, leaders Chiseldon beat Down Ampney 3-1 away from home.

In the Premier Division, leaders The Globe comfortably saw off bottom side The Regent 12-0, while Nalgo Sports Club edged past Paragon 2-1.

In the Wiltshire Junior Cup, Ruby Removals beat Kew PR 8-4 on home soil, while Moredon saw off the challenge of Lower Stratton with a 4-1 victory away from home.

Vytas Bajoras scored a brace for Moredown, while Kieran Dodon and Josh Haynes were also on target.