BEN Thomson steered Gillingham Town to an impressive victory over Cadbury Heath as the Gills remained top of the Western League Premier Division.
Four goals from Thomson, along with strikes from Jack Vallis and Steve Smith condemned the Bristol side to a 6-1 defeat as Gillingham secured their 16th win of the season.
The hosts opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Aidan Chainey slotted a great through ball to Thomson – who calmly finished. Shortly before the break, Vallis doubled the Gills lead when he powered the ball home to give the hosts some breathing space.
An explosive start to the second period had all but ended the contest when Thomson doubled his tally before Smith finished from close range- with 34 minutes still remaining.
Another great through ball form the impressive Chainey sent Thomson head-to-head with Cadbury goalkeeper Si Crawford. He calmly rounded the stopper to seal his hat-trick with his side’s fifth goal.
The visitors managed to restore some pride when Matt Huxley fired home a consolation goal on 67 minutes.
Gillingham continued to dominate with Danny Thompson rattling the woodwork before Thomson rounded off the scoring with his fourth goal.
The Gills face Verwood Town in the Dorset Senior Cup quarter finals on Wednesday night.