DOVERIDGE U11 stuffed Stapenhill Swans Blue 4-0 after recovering from an average first half in their Burton Albion U11 Division Two clash in the Burton Junior League.
The morning dew made for a slick surface and some attractive football, but for the first half neither side passed,opting for the punt out of defence instead.
Although frustrating for the coaches, it made for some exciting exchanges in which neither side took an early grip of the game.
The visitors possibly shaded the early period but brave defending from Frankie Bussell and Harvey Belcher, and tidy work by the confident Reuben Millward in goal kept the Swans at bay.
As the first half progressed, Doveridge started to get the upper hand, particularly through the efforts of Charlie Land and Billy Snow on the left and Adam Leigh and Jed Holden on the right.
The deadlock was finally broken about five minutes before the interval.
A ball from the left broke to Calum Wood and although he was tackled before he could get a shot away, the loose ball fell nicely to Leigh, who drilled a controlled side foot shot beyond the Swans keeper.
A revitalised and inspired Doveridge team appeared after the break. Early pressure ended with Will Jones intercepting a poor goal kick that he managed to put away via the keepers fingertips and the far post.
Doveridge continued to up their game, passing the ball confidently. The third goal came soon after when, following some neat exchanges, Lewie Thornton fired a powerful shot goalward.
Despite a wicked deflection off one of the defenders, he rightly claimed the goal as his.
Now, with a three-goal cushion, Doveridge were irresistible and brimming with confidence.
Leigh repeatedly caused the Swans problems down the right.
Any breaks the Swans made were mopped up neatly and Henry Elliot recycled the ball into attack with some excellent passing.
The final goal came courtesy of a cool and controlled finish from the hard-working Wood.
Although Doveridge failed to score a fifth they deserved one after the move of the match from Ben Pattinson, who, having broken out from midfield, exchanged passes in a neat one-two then slid the ball to one side of the defender while going the other way.
Despite a less than inspiring first half Doveridge were very good value for their four goals and probably deserved more.