ECSTATIC STANWAY ROVERS boss Kem Izzet felt Friday’s 9-0 demolition of neighbours WIVENHOE TOWN flattered the Dragons.

The sides met in a Thurlow Nunn League premier division contest at the GMP Plant Hire Stadium and Izzet felt his free-scoring team should have plundered 15.

“We always knew that if we played well, we could win the game and, to a man, every one of the boys was outstanding," he said.

“To be honest, 9-0 flattered Wivenhoe and it could and should have been 15 or 16.

“It was our best all-round performance since I took over and a real joy to watch.

“We got the ball down, our decision-making was good and we totally dominated after an even first few minutes.

“It was really pleasing and encouraging and I liked the fact we didn’t take our foot off the pedal in the second half, scoring another six goals.

“In some respects it’s a bit of a shame we didn’t manage double figures because we certainly had the chances but it’s hard to be disappointed after a 9-0 victory."

Stanway took the spoils courtesy of a late goal when the sides met in a hard-fought affair at The Hawthorns on September 29.

Another close contest was anticipated this time around but, instead, it turned out to be a comfortable victory for Izzet’s side.

Romario Dunne’s long-range effort got the ball rolling before Joe Heron fired in via the woodwork and Kieron Ayling headed home a corner to make it 3-0.

Former Wivenhoe man Joe McCracken nodded in from close range to extend the lead after the break.

Moris Gelashvili also scored with a header and Jordan Blackwell applied the finishing touch to a slick move to make it 6-0.

Dunne then scored again and Ben Lampon headed in a corner to add to the Dragons’ misery.

Dunne’s tap-in completed his hat-trick and an emphatic victory for Stanway – their fourth straight win, during which time they have plundered 19 goals.

They have also won seven of their last nine league matches and Friday’s success moved them up to fifth, prior to Saturday’s fixtures.

“In all honesty, a result like that has been coming for a while, because we’ve been creating lots and lots of chances,” added Izzet.

“After getting three goals in the first half, against a side low in confidence, we knew the opportunity was there to put our foot down and really accelerate away.

“Thankfully for us, that’s exactly what the boys did.

“They’ve listened, taken on board what we’ve said and now they’re reaping the rewards."

Wivenhoe boss Mo Osman stepped down as manager in the aftermath of the game, which was watched by a crowd of 179.

As for Saturday’s action, FC CLACTON won 4-3 in a crazy contest at Haverhill Borough.

They were three-up at the break thanks to two Kevin Coyle penalties and a strike from Harry McDonald.

Billy Wales was then sent off two minutes into the second half for a high tackle.

Haverhill pulled one back but Terry Rymer extended Clacton's lead midway through the second half. The hosts then scored twice more to set up a nervy finale.

BRANTHAM ATHLETIC got back to winning ways with a 2-0 success at Histon, thanks to goals from Craig Hughes and Sam Newson.

In the first division, HALSTEAD TOWN drew 2-2 at home to Diss Town.

LITTLE OAKLEY drew 0-0 at home to Leiston Reserves while HOLLAND FC went down 2-0 against March Town United, at the Rush Green Bowl. BRAINTREE TOWN RESERVES won 1-0 at Cornard United on Friday.