JOVIAL Monk clinched three Premier Division points after a chaotic 7-3 win at home to AFC Freshbrook in the Swindon Sunday League.

After failing to record victory in six of their eight league matches so far this term, Shaun Smith’s side have been given a shot in the arm since the turn of the year.

Previously, Smith’s troops had only claimed a win once before Sunday afternoon’s encounter, with that triumph coming in their last outing on Wednesday, January 3, making them two from two in 2018.

Daniel Bond will take the plaudits for Jovial as he grabbed a hat-trick, in addition to Adam Leighfield’s brace.

Anthony Collett and Nathan Lansdown were also on target as they registered solitary efforts. Manager Smith said: “It is now our third win in a row, if you count cup competitions, so we are in a good patch of form.

“We bossed the game from start to finish. At half-time, we were 3-1 up and we were in control.

“Freshbrook managed to get back into it but then we just went into another gear and put the game to bed.

“It’s a really positive thing that we are able to find another gear, especially after Christmas because those are the games where you blow the cobwebs off.

“It was a good performance by the players and it was a good performance by Freshbrook too. We were just able to find that extra level.

“They had a player sent off, which helped us, but it was a good performance overall.”

Last season, Smith’s troops finished the campaign with just a single point, and the Monk boss admits he is happy to see some progress.

“We just want to keep winning, especially after last season,” he added.

“We were always going to build on last season and we are doing that now.

“A couple more wins and a mid-table finish would be great and then we can obviously try and build on that again.”

In the Division Two, Royal Wootton Bassett Town Sunday further boosted their impressive goal difference as they thumped Croft Junior 8-0 at home.

Highworth Town Sunday kept pace with the league leaders as they recorded a 1-0 win at home to Swindon Athletic.

Those results mean that both Highworth and Bassett have 20 points to their name, but due to a far superior goal difference, Bassett sit top of the tree.

Nationwide failed to make the most of home advantage as they suffered their eighth defeat of the season, losing 4-0 to Rudis.

The highest scoring game in the division was between Save on Tyres and Eldene but both teams could only come away with a point after their 5-5 draw.

Athletico Marlborough were involved in Chairman’s Trophy action and successfully booked their spot in the next round after a 3-1 win over Paxton House United.

In Division Three, Chiseldon Sunday were 4-1 winners away at Charles Geddes, while Cricklade Park Rangers and Swindon Rovers drew 0-0.

Elsewhere, Gorsehill Borough edged out hosts Openwork United in a narrow 2-1 victory.