TIM Grice helped himself to a hat-trick as Leek Town beat Whitchurch Alport 3-0 away in a pre-season friendly last night.
Whitchurch have strengthened their squad over the summer with the addition of a number of ex-NPL Evostik South players.
Blues were without several players for the trip to Shropshire, which gave some of the club’s young squad members the chance to impress.
Grice headed Blues into the lead midway through the first half and then latched onto a loose ball to add his second goal 10 minutes later.
His third goal came early in the second half when his curling shot found the back of the net.
Blues further prepare for the new season with a trip to Sheffield FC this Saturday.