A TIMELY confidence boost was served to Westbury United on Saturday after they defeated out-of-form Wellington 5-0 at Meadow Lane in Toolstation League Premier Division.

Off the back of a frustrating loss to promotion hopefuls Shepton Mallet, Joe Kirkpatrick’s side delivered the goods to record their third win of the season and move onto 10 points from seven games.

Samuel Jordan netted a faultless hat-trick, while Jason Henley and Ricky Hulbert also found the net.

But joint-boss Kirkpatrick admitted afterwards that his troops could’ve registered another five goals had they taken their chances with greater authority.

Kirkpatrick said: “No disrespect to Wellington, but it was a nice game to have after our loss to Shepton Mallet the week previous.

“We expect to beat sides like Wellington, and we could’ve scored eight, nine, or even 10. We missed a hatful of chances, so that’s disappointing.

“Standards in the league are higher. Teams have strengthened, and clubs are spending money on bringing in players from higher leagues.

“It’s the one or two wildcard players that can hurt you.

“On paper, we’ve strengthened as well. It’s just about finding that click and what works for us.”

The win no doubt injected some welcome positivity into United’s dressing room – particularly with games against danger teams Tavistock, Bridgewater and Plymouth Parkway on the horizon.

This weekend’s home tie against Bitton marks the start of a ruthless run of fixtures for the Kirkpatrick brothers – with a Wiltshire Senior Cup game against Royal Wootton Bassett Town scheduled for midweek.

Kirkpatrick added: “It was nice to get some confidence back in the team as we have a tough run of fixtures coming up.

“I had a quick look at the table, and it’s obvious to me that picking up the odd points here and there can lift you the standings.

“It’s still early days, but our games against Tavistock, Bridgewater and Plymouth will be hard – we’re going to have to perform really well to pick up points against those teams.”

Westbury were victorious again on Wednesday night as they earned a 1-0 success at Roman Glass St George, with Callum Demkiv getting the only goal of the game.

Bradford Town had no game at the weekend but won 1-0 at Shepton on Tuesday night courtesy of a Gary Higdon goal.