JORDAN Nadat’s hat-trick for Gresley destroyed Ashby Ivanhoe in the first round of the Coalville Charity Cup on Tuesday evening.
The Moatmen were simply too good for their Leicestershire Senior League visitors, despite a much-changed line-up from Saturday’s clash with King’s Lynn Town.
They took control from the off, with Marc Strzyzewski planting his header from Marc Goodfellow’s corner against the bar and minutes later Jordi Gough, playing on the left wing, went close.
Gresley took the lead on 21 minutes when Jordan Nadat hammered in a loose ball.
Dean Rathbone then doubled Gresley’s advantage when he drilled a low shot past visiting keeper John Noon.
Gresley keeper George Woodard, who had largely been unemployed, was called into action five minutes before the break, saving well from Luke Thorogood.
Woodward needed to be alert again early in the second half, this time making a good block to deny Phil Gibson.
But it was not long before Gresley regained control of the match and Nadat added his second goal of the game and Gresley’s third when he hit an unstoppable shot past Noon.
A good move down the left involving Gough and Nadat ended with Phil Massingham firing wide of the near post.
Danny Holmes was then the provider of a superb ball into the box for Rathbone to lash home and then substitute Rikki Birch went close, but his attempt was tipped over by Noon.
It proved to be the last action for Ivanhoe’s keeper as he was replaced a minute later by James Rushton.
Nadat completed his hat-trick with four minutes remaining when his shot flew past Rushton and the game was wrapped up almost on the full-time whistle when Massingham fed Rathbone down the left. He was tackled by a defender and the ball fell kindly for substitute Royce Turville, who coolly slotted the ball into the unguarded net.
Rathbone was unlucky not to have grabbed a hat-trick himself but Rushton did well to deny him from close in.