James Walshaw scored a second half hat-trick to make it five goals in two games as Emley AFC laid down another statement win.

The Pewits, in their first Saturday home game of the season, crushed high-fliers Campion AFC 5-0 at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground.

After three weeks of cup matches Emley have now won back-to-back league games after last week’s 3-0 win at Rossington Main.

Emley are 10th in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division but have only played nine matches, four games behind top two Silsden and Thackley.

The Pewits went ahead on the half hour when Ruben Jerome went down in the box and Nathan Curtis converted the penalty. Campion almost hit back straight after the restart but Aidan Kirby’s lob struck the bar.

The next incident was a flashpoint in midfield that saw Walshaw receive a yellow card for a late challenge. That wasn’t enough for Campion who wanted more. They did get more – but sadly for them, they talked themselves into a sin-binning for skipper Kirby.

Emley cashed in with Campion temporarily down to 10 men as a Curtis cross from the left found the head of Jerome. His contact wasn’t the cleanest but he was able to pick up the scraps and stab home to make it 2-0.

After the break Walshaw bagged his treble. His first and third followed a similar pattern. A good through ball, an excellent first touch and an emphatic finish.

But it was Walshaw’s second that stood out. A free-kick on the edge of the box and the experienced striker hit a sweet shot that left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot as the ball dipped over the wall and into the top right corner.

Next up are back-to-back away games with a visit to Penistone Church on Wednesday (October 11) followed by Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.