As Cambs Division 2B moves towards the business end of the season, 4th Placed Ramsey Pavilion travelled to Mepal Sports FC looking to close the gap on their 3rd placed opponents who they had already comfortably beaten at Cricketfield Lane earlier in the season.
The Mepal pitch left a lot to be desired and, after a 1st half that was almost as ugly as the surface it was being played upon, the Pavos found themselves a goal to the good thanks to a well taken Jake Burton finish having been put through by an excellent Luke Furness free kick. The half wasn't without the odd scare though and Pavilion could count themselves fortunate that Mepal were unable to convert two very good chances of their own.
For much of the second half the spectacle was equally poor as both sides struggled to string 2 or 3 passes before the inevitable bobble on the pitch caused possession to be lost. Pavilion did well to soak up pressure, riding their luck at times but thanks to a superb double clearance off the line by Stephen Parr, their defence stood firm.
As the game wore on the Pavos finally got their passing game together and an excellent move between Stephen Hurst and Tom Lloyd set Jake Burton clear who again finished calmly to double the advantage. The goal seemed to knock the wind out of sails of the Mepal raft and before long Burton was away again. The chance looked lost when a horrendous first touch gave the Mepal 'keeper a chance to intercept but Burton just managed to get a toe end onto the ball before being upended in the box. Burton shook off the pain of the impact to covert the spok kick and complete his hat trick.
Three goals for Jake Burton takes him to the top of the club goal scoring charts with 16 goals in just 9 games, one ahead of strike partner Kyle McPartlin on 15.
Next up for The Pavos is the visit of Wisbech St Mary 'A' as they look to continue their unbeaten run and push for a top 3 finish.