ALVECHURCH boss Ian Long believes the ever-improving Danny Dubidat is starting to show why he can become one of the most feared strikers in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League South.
Dubidat rattled in a hat-trick on Tuesday as the Church powered to a 3-1 win at Peterborough Sports to climb into third place in their debut season at Step Four.
The powerhouse forward had also netted in last weekend’s 2-0 victory at Belper Town and Long, who first worked with the striker as a youngster at Tipton Town, says Dubidat offers a different quality to the strikeforce.
“Danny had three on Tuesday and he could have had a few more, to be brutally honest,” said Long.
“He is working really hard and he is getting his reward for that. He works his socks off.
“He had a slow start to the season and he didn’t score that freely but now he is up among the league’s top scorers.
“I remember when I signed him at Tipton from Chasetown Reserves. He also scored goals at this level for Bedworth.
“It’s great to see Danny and Josh March among the goals and we need to get Yusifu Ceesay and Luke Yates also scoring.”
Dubidat slotted home the first goal in the win at Belper and then Babucar Sauane converted the second from March’s cross.
On Tuesday, Dubidat hit the opening goal on 57 minutes after March flicked on a Tom Turton free-kick.
The No 9 then made it 2-0 on 73 minutes and completed his treble on 76 minutes when he reacted quickest after Sports keeper Dan George pushed aside Turton’s penalty.
Peterborough pulled a goal back through Josh Moreman three minutes later but it didn’t detract too much from a vital three points, with Long also delighted to say a thank-you to the fans who travelled east.
“We had about 35-40 fans who made their own way to Peterborough and that was really appreciated,” said Long.
“We wanted to give them something to cheer.”
The reward for a convincing display from the players was a pizza from chairman Richard Thorndike on the way back home but Alvechurch will be chasing £3,250 prize money tomorrow (Saturday) when they look to complete an away-day treble in the FA Trophy away tie at Cambridge City.
Bekir Halal, however, looks unlikely to be involved as the defender looks set to return to Hinckley AFC.