We just never got started, admits Hibs boss

Leamington Hibs player-coach Rich Kay.Leamington Hibs player-coach Rich Kay.
Leamington Hibs player-coach Rich Kay.
Leamington Hibs player-coach Rich Kay said it was “one of those days” after his side were thrashed 4-0 at home by Midlands Combination Division Two leaders Paget Rangers.

The late arrival of the Paget Rangers kitman forced the match to kick-off 20 minutes late but the visitors quickly made up for lost time with David Franklin scoring inside ten seconds.

Franklin doubled his, and Paget’s, tally in the fourth minute and completed his hat-trick five minutes before the break following a mix up between Ash Knight and keeper Olly Manuel

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The Paget keeper made three excellent saves, twice denying Calum Yeates and keeping out a low drive from Matty Trinder to prevent Hibs getting back into the game after the break and with the hosts pushing forward, Franklin added his fourth of the game with ten minutes remaining.

To compound Hibs’ misery, Andy Yeates was shown a second yellow in the final few minutes.

“It was one of those days from start to finish,” said Kay.

“We prepared as normal only to come in from the warm-up and have the game delayed by 20 minutes without proper communication from the officials.

“Mentally, in the first 20 minutes every single player switched off which is to be expected after such a delay.

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Football is all about routine and ours was totally thrown.”

 Kenilworth Town are just four points off second spot after a Sean Sprouls double gave them a 2-1 win at promotion rivals Coventry United.

The defeat was just the third of the season for United, who hold ten games in hand on league leaders Paget.

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