Brilliant Ben's four minute hat-trick wins it for Hayle
Hayle 3, Ludgvan 2
A FOUR minute hat-trick from Ben Hocking inspired Hayle to a well-deserved win over early season title contenders Ludgvan at Trevassack Park.
With the match poised at 0-0 with more than an hour played, it burst in to life with four goals in five frantic minutes as Ludgvan were brought back down to earth with a bang after their win over champions Illogan four days earlier.
Hayle manager Alex Monaghan was over the moon with his side's display but admitted he wasn't going to get too carried away after the victory.
He said: "It was a great performance from the guys, a real team performance and more than we could have wished for.
"We've had no choice but to use youth this season and we've brought in players from the under 16s and I'm delighted with the way they have adapted to men's football.
"Our aim at the start of the season was to get 30 points. which I believe would keep us safe and at the moment that is still our aim. We're not going to get carried away."
With Ludgvan manager Anthony Hosking away, assistant Wayne Edwards took charge of the clash looking to build on the Illogan win.
But his side struggled to get in to the game with the league's top scorer Gerens James isolated up front and it was the home side who should have been leading at the half-time break.
Liam Mooney saw a shot well blocked by Dan Coleman before Hocking pounced on a poor back pass from John Tonkin but was also denied by the goalkeeper.
Hayle continued to press in the second half but it was The Hurlers who made the breakthrough after switching to 4-4-2 with 25 minutes to play.
Dan Magee's corner wasn't dealt with by the home defence and the ball dropped to the feet of James who made no mistake in smashing home his 12th goal of the season. However, less than two minutes later, Ludgvan were behind.
Hocking and George Holman, who were both playing for the U16s last season, cleverly combined down the left and Hocking made no mistake slotting home from close range.
Then straight from the restart, Hayle drove forward and after Hocking picked up the ball on the edge of the area, he sent a curling effort over Coleman and in to the top corner. The lively striker completed his hat-trick, latching on to Dave Hodge's through ball and poking past the onrushing Coleman.
It was a stunning spell which rattled Ludgvan, but they were given a lifeline with ten minutes remaining when James latched on to Joe Day's free-kick and prodded past Scott Haliday to set up a nervous finish for the home side.
But they couldn't find an equaliser as Monaghan's men held on to make it seven points from their last three games.