HIGHWORTH Town Development scored a perfect 10 at fellow Swindon & District League Premier Division title challengers Paragon.

Alex Crozier and Kieran O’Daly both bagged hat-tricks, while Joe Ouldridge, Branden Fenwick and Owen Smith all netted a goal each – the final strike in the tally in the 10-0 win came courtesy of an own goal.

Despite surpassing the most number of goals his team had scored all season by seven on Saturday, captain Adam Bartlett maintained it was not their most clinical in front of goal.

Bartlett instead focused on the performance of the defence as they kept their third clean sheet in all competitions.

He said: “I wouldn’t say it was our best attacking performance of the season – we could have got at least another five goals.

“We missed some really easy chances, but it was probably our best defensive performance.

“Attacking-wise, we weren’t as clinical as we could have been.”

Bartlett admitted he was expecting a much tougher proposition than the one his side encountered, but paid tribute to the fast start his team made in the win.

He said: “We thought it would be quite a tough game, but Paragon never really got started. We went a few goals up early and they seemed to lose interest.

“Once we got the first goal, their heads dropped, and we pounced on that. We scored a few quick goals before half-time and they never showed much attacking threat after that.”

Trailing their hosts by four points prior to Saturday’s game, Highworth’s win significantly closed the gap on their league rivals and moved them up to third.

Having only been promoted at the end of last season, Bartlett is delighted at how well his team have started the challenge of a new league.

He said: “If you would have offered us this position at the start of the season, we probably would have taken it.

“We know there are some good teams in this division, but we think we can match anyone on our day.

“The aim is to just hang on to the coattails of teams like Ruby Removals, The Globe and Wroughton Reserves and see where we end up.”

Elsewhere, Sportz Central edged an entertaining game away at The Regent to come out 3-2 winners and move up to seventh in a congested Premier Division table.

Meanwhile, Nalgo Sports Club claimed their second win of the season thanks to a comfortable 7-1 victory away to Redhouse.

Luke Murphy scored a hat-trick, James Relen notched two, and Finn Wilkinson and Callum Endicott netted once each.

In Division One, leaders Bassett Bulldogs dispatched North Swindon 8-0 to maintain their 100 per cent winning record.

Elsewhere in the division, Swindon Centurians drew 2-2 with Chiseldon in a top-of-the-table clash – Centurians drop down to second after their stalemate – while FC Abbeymeads collected their second point of the season thanks to their 2-2 draw with Ramsbury.

In the Swindon Advertiser Cup, The Globe secured their passage into the next round with an emphatic 11-0 win over Down Ampney.