By Luke Vinton (@LukeVinton_)
West Allotment Celtic suffered a 3-0 defeat to Sunderland RCA after Colin Larkin scored a hat-trick for the Wearsiders.
RCA had to wait till the end of the first half before Larkin opened the scoring, tapping home from close range after excellent build-up play.
Larkin doubled his side’s lead from the penalty spot after being brought down by Allotment goalkeeper Chris Bannon before rounding off an impressive performance with his third goal deep into injury time.
West Allotment went into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat to current league champions Shildon, despite putting in a respectable performance.
After little action in the first half, RCA broke the deadlock with their first attempt on goal.
After an intricate passage of play, striker Stephen Callen calmly set up Larkin inside the six yard area who struck the ball into the empty net.
Allotment were unfortunate to not claim an equaliser after Luke Parkinson tested RCA goalkeeper Neal Bussey with a low strike, requiring Bussey to turn away with his right foot.
Sunderland RCA doubled their lead after they were awarded a penalty when Larkin was bundled over inside the area by Chris Bannon. Larkin rose from the floor to place his spot-kick in via the left hand post.
Allotment struggled to find a away back into the game and were punished in the dying seconds of the match.
After Callen drove at the defence, he teed up Larkin and, with time and space, drove a low shot past Bannon and into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick.
West Allotment will face Ashington on Friday night in their next league encounter.