A trip to Enfield on Saturday between 3rd and 5th placed teams in the Herts County League Division One ended up to be a one sided affair as the Sun shone on a cold day.
Hinton looked dangerous from the off and pressured the Sun hard and the Hinton number 10 looked to have broken the offside trap after a couple of earlier attempts but his shot flashed wide of the post.
Hinton certainly seemed to be at home on the sloping pitch and made good use of it by launching some long balls slopewards, enabling the home players to use their speed to get to the ball before it rolled away, and soon the Hinton centre forward had a clear opportunity to get a shot off which was superbly saved by Luke Furlong, who stretched his body fully to palm the ball away.
And from a well worked corner, the ball fell to an unmarked layer on the edge of the box, whose header was headed towards goal, finding a Hinton player in front of Furlong who flicked the ball over him but Luke Beaumont was in the right place at the right time to hook the ball of the line.
It was a case of daja vu not long after from another home side corner, where once again they cleverly used the flick on, this time on the edge of the six yard box, the ball looped over everyone and was going in but for George Hobson, standing on the far post, who volleyed the ball off the line and to safety.
Eventually, the Sun got into the game, and from a miss kick from the Hinton Keeper the ball bounced nicely to George Hobson, who promptly smashed the ball from 25 yards only for the Hinton goalie to have recovered his wits and make a good save.
But better was to come from Mr Hobson soon after, when, from around the same distance, he hit the ball perfectly which flew into the back of the net, making another goal of the season contender.
Sun soon had a penalty appeal waved away, when Paolo Deritis was visibly tripped from behind after losing his marker, but the ref saw nothing wrong with the challenge.
Josh Connolly had a shot on the edge of the box blocked and the ball came to Hobson but the power of his shot this time around was deflected to calmly roll to the keeper.
Just before the break Hinton had another corner chance cleared off the line, this time by captain Calum O’Connor.
So the Sun held the lead at half time, in a football match that could have been mistaken for a Rocky film, with the amount of Hinton players calling out “Adriaaaaan” throughout the half!
From the re-start Sun dispossessed Hinton and broke away down the left and an Andy Brennan cross found Paolo Deritis unmarked, but his header went wayward and he ended up in the bushes behind the goal.
Hinton were still only a goal behind, and were still fighting for an equaliser, and it looked like they were to draw level when a shot from the right flew past Furlong but thankfully also the goal.
Brenners was soon in action again when he got clear in the box but his shot was deflected by the keeper and the rebound fell kindly back into his arms.
As Hinton pressed forward, more gaps appeared for the Sun to exploit, and so Josh Connolly found himself with the ball at his feet and with only the keeper to beat, he kept his composure and slotted the ball beautifully into the goal off the far post.
The combination of the trilogy of the three wise men, Connolly, Brennan and Hobson, were starting to take over the show with all three players controlling the game as well as giving the Hinton defence nightmares.
And the game was over as a contest when Andy Brennan whipped over a low cross from the right finding George Hobson to tap in his second and the Sun’s third of the match.
Paolo Deritis was then flattened in the box while trying to twist and turn his way through the defence giving the ref no option this time but to point to the spot.
There was no contest as to who would step up for the honour, and George Hobson tucked the ball away nicely to give the man a well deserved hat trick.
Hinton went upfield and scored, but the goal was disallowed for offside, not that it would have made any difference to the result, just to the goal difference.
And for the icing on the Hinton cake for Sun Sports, a fifth goal was added when Connolly broke down the left and crossed the ball into the box for Andy Brennan, but the ball was just behind him to be able to get onto it, the headed clearance came to George Hobson who volleyed but miss hit the ball, Hinton cleared again but the ball came to Paolo Deritis who drilled it hard and low into the area which deflected off of Brenner’s boot and span over the Hinton keeper and into the net.
A five nil away win from a team that are playing like champions elect!
However, Sun stay third behind Weston and Bovingdon Reserves, who are six points clear.