A SHAQUILLE Gwengwe hat-trick coupled with two other quality goals ensured Andover’s best result of the season as they won their local derby clash with Whitchurch United 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Only a penalty separated the teams at half time, but early in the second period Whitchurch were reduced to 10 men and Andover took full advantage and in the process kept their first clean sheet of the season.

The majority of the first period was uninspiring and almost half an hour passed before there was any resemblance of a coal attempt.

For Whitchurch Ryan Long beat the offside trap only to lose the ball as the Andover defence recovered smartly and for Andover Gwengwe

was disposed as he prepared to shoot.

However, things began to change as the half time interval approached when Gwengwe was brought down inside the area and he duly converted the penalty which at the time was his third successful spot kick in four matches.

Five minutes after the resumption Andover were awarded their second penalty after Greg Cooper was adjudged to have stamped on Gwengwe

and shown a straight red card after which Gwengwe calmly put away his second spot kick off the evening.

It was not long before Andover went three up as a long free kick was floated into the area and George Higgins timed his run to perfection and

plant an excellent header wide of the goalkeepers reach.

Despite their best efforts Whitchurch were unable to dent the increasing confidence of Andover and with 12 minutes left the home side went

further ahead.

Gwengwe found space on the edge of the Whitchurch area,and took full advantage to complete his hat trick with his Twenty fourth

goal of the season.

Five minutes later, Nick Turpin set up Brendon Holmes who volleyed in a screamer from 25-yards out to complete a handsome victory and put

the icing on the cake.

Last Saturday,Town were beaten 3-1 at US Portsmouth as Gwengwe scored Andover's goal.

Town are at home this Saturday, when East Cowes Vics are the visitors.

Meanwhile, Whitchurch are away to high flying Romsey as they look to get back to winning ways.

Their eight game unbeaten league run was ended last Saturday when they lost to Division One leaders Amesbury.