LIAM Ferdinand bagged a hat-trick as Bracknell Town blasted FC Romania 6-0 at Larges Lane on Monday, writes Dave Wright.

It was another sparkling display by the Robins, who have now won all of their three opening Bostik League fixtures.

And on the strength of this performance, which followed up their Velocity Trophy win over Premier Division side Kingstonian last Tuesday, they are going to be very hard to beat.

Admittedly, they were not quite at their sharpest early in the game and had to rely on their woodwork to prevent the Essex-based visitors from taking the lead.

But once Town had opened their account, there was no stopping them.

With 34 minutes gone, a slick move involving Ryan Parsons, Seb Bowerman and Joe Grant led to Ferdinand spinning around this marker to score.

Less than two minutes later more good teamwork was finished off by Kensley Maloney and the goal burst quickly continued with Ferdinand making it 3-0 shortly before half-time.

Bracknell were looking in a different country than Romania.

The stunned visitors switched from 4-5-1 to 4-3-3 for the second half, but still failed to plug the gaps in their defence.

Two minutes after the resumption, it was 4-0 with Grant’s right-work cross being turned in by Bowerman at the far post.

Bowerman turned provider on 55 minutes when his cross found Harrison Bayley unmarked in front of goal and the midfielder headed home his first goal for the club.

The dual-signed Josh Helmore, having been a substitute for Binfield on Saturday, replaced Grant and soon dragged a shot wide of the far post.

Fellow sub Gavin James brought out a fine save from keeper Robert Rogojina before Ferdinand completed his treble n the 84th minute, his shot going in off the inside of the post. It was his sixth goal in three league games.

It was the second hat-trick of the week at Larges Lane, as last Tuesday Adam Cornell had scored all three as Town drew 3-3 with Kingstonian in the Velocity Trophy. They went on to win the penalty shoot-out 4-3 with Bowerman, Carl Withers, Grant and Kane Fitzgerald, a youngster with a cool head, hitting the target after Carl Davies had missed the opener.

The Robins’ reward is another home tie, this time against South East Division side Horsham, on Tuesday of next week (7.45pm).

This Saturday, they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run when they visit Reigate-based South Park (3pm).