Hinckley AFC hit a club record-equalling seventh league win on the bounce with a 6-1 victory over Saffron Dynamo.
Courtney Belford’s side oozed confidence despite the sticky pitch at St John’s Park and were two up within ten minutes.
Both of those came from Chris Camwell, while Tyson Knight also helped himself to a brace – the only blot on the copybook being Joe Wynder’s fine goal that denied AFC a fourth successive clean sheet.
Hinckley were in control from early on against Saffron, and less than three minutes passed when they took the lead. A cleverly-worked set piece saw Charlie Evans square into the box, where Camwell converted from close range.
Camwell then provided for Ben Vallance to head wide on his first start, before turning back to scorer within eight minutes. This was a fine goal, picking up on a loose clearance and bending one into the far corner past the out-of-position Ben Chapman.
Evans and Jack Edwards both went close for Hinckley while Elliot Butler struck inches wide in Saffron’s first meaningful attack.
But the visitors were left reeling on the half hour when Edwards crossed for Evans to head home a precise effort from 12 yards.
That set Hinckley well on their way, but they didn’t have things all their own way. Two minutes later, Dynamo picked up on a misplaced pass in midfield and broke at pace, leading to Wynder drilling home a fine angled finish into the bottom corner.
It gave them hope – and either side of half time was their best spell of the game. Vallance’s last-ditch tackle denied Ash Butler a shot at goal while Matt Hill was at full stretch to deny Wynder.
But their hope was extinguished when Hinckley found themselves two-on-one and Edwards fed Knight to drill home his first of the night.
The midfielder then bagged his second with the rebound after Camwell’s shot was parried to earn his second brace in three weeks.
And the win was capped off by debutant Dom Alleyne just ten minutes after the former Coventry United man came on for the first time. It was another rebound, but after a fine move down the left involving Isa Abraham and Mikkel Hirst as Evans’ shot was parried into Alleyne’s path.
Chapman denied Knight his hat-trick late on as Hinckley went in search of a seventh, but it was another satisfying night as Hinckley said goodbye to St John’s Park on a high ahead of their return to Kirkby Road next Tuesday night.
Before then, they have an exciting away trip to leaders Kimberley Miners Welfare on Saturday.
Hinckley: Matt Hill, Nick Brandish, Ben Vallance, Tyson Knight, Ben Whitehead, Jacob Sturgess (Mikkel Hirst 60), Chris Camwell (Dom Alleyne 70), Tom Weale (Dan Hoskins 66), Charlie Evans, Jack Edwards, Isa Abraham. Subs not used: Lewis Padmore, Drew Kear
Goals: Chris Camwell (3, 8), Charlie Evans (30), Tyson Knight (51, 65), Dom Alleyne (80)
Saffron: Ben Chapman, Zaakir Bham, Jack Scott, Alex Mugglestone, Shahid Miah (Sam Towe 81), Liam Ellis, Eessa Nasser (Harry Rawson 70), Ash Butler (Charlie Paterson 77), Joe Wynder, Elliot Butler, Jack Burns. Subs not used: Tom Reeve
Goal: Joe Wynder (32)