WESTBURY United’s ruthless performance at Keynsham Town on Saturday delighted joint-manager Neil Kirkpatrick, who has targeted a top six finish in Toolstation League Premier Division off the back of his side’s 6-2 win.

Kirkpatrick called on top trio Callum Demkiv, Ricky Hulbert and Samuel Jordan to improve their efficiency in front of goal off the back of United’s disappointing Les Phillips Cup exit to Longwell Green Sports three days earlier.

And all three stepped up to the plate, with Jordan bagging a hat-trick, Demkiv notching a brace and Hulbert chipping in with the other.

The win moved United up to seventh in the Ttable and Kirkpatrick was looking to jump even further up the table following Bridport’s visit to Meadow Lane on Wednesday night.

Kirkpatrick, who manages the team alongside his son Joe, said: “We were keen to bounce back after playing poorly against Longwell Green in the League Cup.

“We’ve been playing OK, but just haven’t been converting our chances. We wanted our front three to be ruthless and they all grabbed a goal.

“We could’ve scored more, so I’m pleased despite conceding two goals.

“On our day, we can beat any team. Similarly, we can also lose to any team.

“The consistency has been there with regards to our league form lately. It’s a boring cliché, but the league is stronger this season compared to last.

“If you’re not at it, you will be beaten. We’ve got to strive for a top-six finish, if we can.

“It's not easy against teams that throw money at players. If you’ve got money, good luck to them.”

Several Premier Division fixtures were postponed due to the weekend’s inclement weather.

There were no such concerns for Westbury, though, due to Keynsham’s 4G pitch.

Despite this, Kirkpatrick voiced his disapproval of teams being allowed to play on artificial surfaces.

But, at the same time, he understands the financial and community reward that comes with having an all-weather facility.

Kirkpatrick said: “Conditions were difficult, and we were playing on a 4G pitch too – I’m not a fan of and don’t think they should be allowed at this level.

“To be fair to Keynsham, their surface is one of the better ones and there are no different coloured markings.

“4G pitches take out the element of tackling for me, and it’s a huge advantage for the team that play on it each week.

“I understand these pitches are great for the community and club, but they’re not for me.

“On the flip side, we probably wouldn’t have had a game if we were playing on grass.”

In Toolstation Division One, Calne Town remain top of the after they defeated Bristol Telephones 1-0 at home. Stuart Windsor got the only goal of the game.

Corsham Town also picked up a handy three points after they defeated Hengrove Athletic 2-1.

Ashley Alchin and James Gardner were both on target for the hosts at the Southbank.