An over strength Development side travelled to Beversbrook Sports Facility on Saturday to take on Wiltshire Senior League, Marlborough Town in another useful exercise as preparations continue ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
With the First XI having their game against Calne Town cancelled and the Development side having had a game two days earlier, Gareth Davies took the opportunity to give a number of his players some much needed practice, along with a number of trialists and Development players.
The game was a little over 4-minutes old when one of the trialists managed to give Shrivvy the lead with a great strike to catch the bosses eye, before Jamie Prictor made it two with 12-minutes gone.
With such a bright start, it was full credit to the opposition who immediately snatched one back to reduce the deficit by half following a low strike and it looked like a goal-fest was on the cards.
That theory was further enforced when Ryan Stanners rounded the keeper on 16-minutes after he rounded the keeper to make it 3-1 before Antonio Gerrish got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later courtesy of a side-footed finish.
There was brief respite for a little over ten minutes before Stanners grabbed his second with 27-minutes gone.
Another ten-minute gap then saw Josh Morse making it 6-1 with a tidy finish before Marlborough grabbed their second two minutes later and with three minutes left before the interval, Tom Ballard made it 7 with a simple tap-in.
The interval saw mass wholesale changes which didn’t include Stanners – and he grabbed his hat-trick 69-minutes and he went one better on 90-minutes when he scored again with a tap-in to make it 9-2 on the day.