SLIDESHOW: Sparrow flies as Thorne Colliery strengthen title bid against Armthorpe Rovers

Swashbuckling Jack Sparrow scored four as Thorne Colliery strengthened their grip on top spot in U14 Division Two with a comfortable win over Armthorpe Rovers.

Josh Evans bagged a brace and Jordan Courtney also found the net as Colliery moved five points clear at the top of the table.

Jack Sparrow slots home one of his four goals for Thorne against Armthorpe.

Jack Sparrow slots home one of his four goals for Thorne against Armthorpe.

But they took care of their own business in a potential banana skin away at bottom side Armthorpe.

Thorne pushed hard from the kick off with Evans seeing an early effort fly over the bar after he beat two men.

But it took 20 minutes for them to open the scoring when Liam Harvey sent Evans through, allowing him to beat his man and slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Armthorpe responded well to the set back but met some strong defending from their visitors.

The lead was doubled on 25 minutes when a long kick out of Craig Evans’ hands sailed over the Armthorpe back four to put Sparrow in to round the keeper with some excellent footwork and tap home,

Within a few minutes, Thorne extended their lead with a carbon copy of the second goal, Evans kicking long for Sparrow to beat the keeper.

It took just two minutes of the start of the second half for Sparrow to complete his hat trick, finishing off some great work from Courtney on the right who played inside to Zak Lewis before he found Sparrow.

Armthorpe struck the post from a free kick as they pushed for a way back into the game and they also rattled the bar.

Sparrow grabbed his fourth after good work from Harvey in the heart of midfield, before making way for Ben Carless.

Both Jordan Phillips and Alex Day came close to scoring as Thorne continued to push but the sixth goal came from Courtney who reacted superbly to side foot home after Evans was tackled when waiting to shoot.

Superb goalkeeping from Armthorpe keeper Daniel Lucas kept out Harvey and Callum Bisby.

Evans would grab his second five minutes from when a ball from midfield found its way through to him and he lashed past the Armthorpe keeper, bookending an excellent morning’s work from his side.

Eleven points from their remaining six games will guarantee the title for Thorne.

A defeat for second placed Ordsall Rangers at Barnby Dun Rovers significantly helped Thorne’s quest for the title.

Ryan Doherty and Thomas Goulding both netted in Rovers’ 2-0 triumph.