EDEN Gumbs bagged a hat-trick as Barnton produced a memorable performance to beat Swallownest and reach the first round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history. The Villagers were dealt a blow before Sunday’s kick off at Townfield when captain Harrison Green was ruled out with an injury he picked up in the midweek defeat at Cammell Laird, which forced Ben Forster into the back four with Abdul Djalo playing in central midfield.

Early on the home side struggled to create chances and were afforded a big let off after Arran Lyons lost control of a bobbling ball but recovered well to deny the visitors an opening goal.

Towards the break it was Gumbs who gave his side the lead with an outstanding effort from 30 yards out that left Evans in the Swallownest goal with no chance.

Gumbs almost doubled the lead before the break with another effort from distance that just went agonisingly wide.

The second half saw Barnton take full control of the tie and Gumbs quickly added his second with a finish from just outside the area before the visitors had their best chance of the game.

Alex Jones was on hand to deny Swallownest a route back into the cup tie with a fantastic goal-line clearance before the team managed to clear the danger.

Sub George Farrelly got his second in as many rounds as he made it 3-0 with an easy finish at the back post from a dangerous corner.

Gumbs then had a few half chances before he emphatically finished low past the keeper late on to complete his hat-trick and to give his side an historic victory.