Dan Simmonds netted five times as Wick & Barnham United Football Club saw off relegation rivals Hailsham Town on Tuesday.
Simmonds’ five goals, along with a strike from skipper Matt Noble, saw Wick romp to an emphatic 6-1 away win.
It was a key clash for Wick and victory saw them move ten points clear of third-from-bottom Hailsham, who have six games in hand.
Wick joint boss Richard Towers was delighted with the success and said: “Every single one of my players was exceptional on the night and we fully deserved the win.
“We were great from the start and this gives us a nice ten-point cushion between us and the relegation zone now.”
Simmonds was on fire throughout the evening and he completed a 41-minute hat-trick to ensure Wick led 3-0 at the break.
Simmonds added a fourth on 57 minutes, before Noble made it 5-0 nine minutes later.
Simmonds netted his fifth on 82 minutes, before Danny Leach got a late consolation.
Wick host bottom-of-the-table St Francis on Saturday.
WICK & BARNHAM: B Nash; Dunlop, Playle-Howard, Madden, Eyres; Pearce, D Towers, Noble; Chick, Simmonds, Norgate. Subs: J Nash (D Towers), Ebling (Norgate).
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