Farsley Celtic suffered a 4-0 reversal at Boston United on Friday, as a Billy Chadwick hat-trick consigned the Celts to a disappointing start to the Easter weekend.
Chadwick blew Farsley away with his pace and trickery, scoring a superb hat-trick before the fourth arrived when his free-kick struck the crossbar, allowing Jake Wright to get on the scoresheet.
The warning signs were there early on for the Celts when Billy Chadwick burst down the left and squared the ball for Jake Wright on the penalty shot, who could only skew his strike wide.
And Chadwick would find the opener inside 10 minutes, cutting in from the left before bending a terrific strike into the far bottom corner.
After the hosts’ electric start, Farsley would begin to grow into the game and pose the Pilgrims’ defence some questions.
Lewis Turner saw an effort blocked by Ben Pollock, before Theo Williams nipped in to pinch the ball on the halfway line and charge into the box, but a heavy touch allowed Tom Nixon to make a vital last-ditch challenge.
Against the run of play, Boston would then double their lead. Adam Clayton tripped over the ball inside his own half, allowing Chadwick to steal in and roll the ball past the helpless Max Dearnley.
Carlton Ubaezuonu came close to halving the deficit having been found by Frank Mulhern on the edge of the box, turning smartly before seeing his strike saved by Cameron Gregory above his head.
But the killer moment would come within five minutes of the restart, as Chadwick struck his third of the afternoon.
The diminutive forward knocked the ball between the legs of Lewis Butroid in the box before calmly slotting home into the bottom corner.
Farsley had chances to get back in the game after that, Frank Mulhern bending an effort just wide, whilst Theo Williams and Chris Atkinson were both thwarted by Cameron Gregory.
The tie was killed off once and for all midway through the second period, with Chadwick involved again.
The Pilgrims were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal, and up stepped Chadwick who thundered his effort against the crossbar, with Jake Wright first on the scene to poke home close range.
After that, there was little in the way of goalmouth action at either end with Boston content to see out the closing minutes of a win that effectively sealed their Vanarama National League North status.
For the Celts, it’s a defeat that sets up an immensely important game with Blyth Spartans at the Citadel on Easter Monday.
Boston United: Gregory, Sephton (Atkinson 77), Platt (Hasani 69), Shiels ©, Burrow, Wright, Pollock, Chadwick (Thorndike 72), McLintock, Mills, Nixon. Subs: Mitford, Cummings.
Farsley Celtic: Dearnley, Scales, Butroid, Devine, Butler ©, Turner, Allan, Clayton (Atkinson 46 (Jessop 68)), Ubaezuonu, Mulhern (Muggleton 84), Williams. Subs: Morgan (GK).
Attendance: 1,981 (61 visitors)