A HAT-TRICK for Swanage & Wareham’s Paul Randall ensured they signed off before lockdown with success – sealing a 3-1 win at Gosport.

The home side came up against a well-structured Swans team who secured their fourth victory on the bounce.

Swans remarkably played the first 10 minutes without a goalkeeper and 10 men, as the keeper was delayed.

Despite this, it was Swans who started stronger. Before the keeper’s arrival, Swans had the tricky and unenviable task of defending a short corner. Jack Thompson and Gavin Harris expertly denied the hosts.

Swans then deservedly broke the deadlock from a short corner of their own with Randall making no mistake.

Less than one minute later a goalmouth scramble produced an equaliser for Gosport, somewhat against the run of play, making it 1-1 at half-time.

The second half remained deadlocked until Swans’ Angus Watt and Stuart Grenville-Cleave combined to release Randall in the D, who produced a spectacular reverse-stick shot into the roof of the net.

From that moment, Swans were in control of the game.

Gavin Harris at the heart of the defence made it very difficult for Gosport and the young homegrown talent of Grenville-Cleave and Ethan Snell in the heart of midfield frustrated any possession that Gosport had.

Randall eventually completed his hat-trick from an acute angle, capping a deserved 3-1 win for Swans.