(By Josh, 16) Premier League prospect Sonny, 17, and goal hungry Grubb smash a hat-trick each as ambitious club chase promotion

Written by Joshua Keyes , Aged 16. Jill Dando News Student editor and Sports reporter.

An ambitious non-league team saw two of their players score two hat-tricks in one match – an incredibly rare feat.

In beautiful early spring sunshine, Weston-Super-Mare AFC smashed Hendon FC in the Southern Premier Division South on what was a thrilling and a sunny National Non league football club day. 

The opening goal was scored in the 25’ by free kick specialist Dayle Grubb who curled the ball in the top right corner of the goal hitting the woodwork as it went in giving the keeper no chance of saving it. 

Dayle Grubb celebrates a goal

It unleashed a flurry of goals by Dayle and top prospect Sonny Cox, 17, on loan from Exeter City.

Surely this young, enthusiastic player is destined for top flight football. (Full match report below).

After the game, Jill Dando News Centre’s sports reporter Joshua Keyes, aged 16 spoke to Sonny who signed his first professional contract for the grecians last year. 

Sonny said “I thought we came out and did what we needed to do to get the three points.” 

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When asked about the individuals in the changing room Sonny added “The squad is amazing and made me feel very welcome when I came in. 

“Grubby, he scores those types of goals every week, it’s mental the freekicks he scores and everything. It’s very important.” 

Turning your attention away from the game, Joshua asked Sonny about the importance of Non League sides on what was national non league day where cox talked about the importance of Non league sides such as Weston.

He said: “It’s very important, the fans here today were amazing there was so many there and they need to keep with us through our next few games and hopefully we can provide good moments for them and hopefully get promoted.” 

Match Report by Josh, 16

This game had everything; Many goals, sending offs, an incredible atmosphere… even two hat-tricks which is very rare in itself. The question on everyone’s mind is by the end of the season will the seagulls get promoted..?

After Grubb’s first goal, just 11 minutes later, Weston got their second goal of the match courtesy of Exeter City youngster Sonny Cox who is on loan at the seagulls. 

Sonny controlled the ball and scored a sensational volley to further the seagulls lead in the 36’. 

Weston went into halftime with a comfortable 2-0 lead. 

As the second half started, It didn’t take Sonny long to score his second goal of the day in the 49’.

The youngster found himself one on one with the keeper in which Cox cooly dinked the ball over the head of the goalie leaving the ball in the back of the net for the third time and spurring the team on for what was an incredible second half. 

Sonny Cox then found Grubb in the 59’ to secure a brace for the 30 year old who fired the ball in the bottom right corner. 

With 24 minutes to go, Hendon had a player sent off after Joe white took out Josh Thomas resulting in the referee instantly pulling out the red card. 

The ‘’Cheerio’ chant echoed the Optima with fans showing their support for the referee’s decision. 

In the 75’ Grubb secured his hat-trick striking the ball into the corner summing up a Man of the Match performance for Grubb. 

Grubb was once a higher goal scorer than Bale, Messi and Ronaldo across Europe with Gareth Bale also being sensational form at the weekend scoring two in a wonderful win in the World Cup Qualifiers for Wales. 

3 Minutes later, Cox had a shot from a few yards out in which he took grabbing his hat-trick and securing a 6-0 win for the seagulls. 

After 2 minutes of stoppage time the referee blew his whistle ending what was a huge match for the Seagulls. 

Two hat-tricks in a match is incredibly rare and follows on from superb form by the Somerset club. 

The win puts them in place for promotion with two crunch games on Wednesday against Tiverton and on Saturday against Taunton at the Cygnet Health Care Stadium. 

Weston-Super-Mare remain in fifth position chasing the play off places enabling them promotion to the sixth tier of english football in the National League South which is the overall goal for the end of the season. 

WSM 6-0 Hendon fc

Goals Grubb 25’ 59’  75’ cox 36’ 49’ 78’


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