BEACONSFIELD Town gave themselves a huge boost in the battle with relegation after a 4-0 win against Tiverton Town on Tuesday night, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rams welcomed promotion-chasing Tiverton to Holloways Park looking to build on a win and a draw in their previous two matches and close the gap on third bottom Walton Casuals.

And their impressive victory moves them to within a single point of Walton and four behind Yate Town with the benefit of having two matches in hand.

Beaconsfield opened the scoring within the opening seconds of the game. Stefan Powell – who recently re-signed for the Bucks club from AFC Dunstable - lobbed the Tiverton keeper from 30-yards and saw his effort hit the crossbar with James Ewington first to the rebound to fire home.

The advantage was doubled in the second half when a through ball from Alex Cathline set Ewington free on goal and he finished calmly passed the keeper.

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The Rams pulled further clear after a deflected shot from Aaron Minhas hit the post. The follow up shot from Louis Stead was blocked but the loose ball fell to Minhas to nod home.

Beaconsfield were in dreamland when Ewington scored again to complete his hat-trick late in the game. He ran onto a perfect pass from substitute Charlie Losasso and slotted under the advancing keeper.

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PHOTO: James Ewington (10) celebrates on of his three goals in the win against Tiverton Town on Tuesday.

Beaconsfield gained a vital point in the battle against relegation following a 0-0 draw at Welsh club Merthyr Town on Saturday.

The Rams were unfortunate not to break the deadlock in the first half at Penydarren Park when Stead cut inside from the left and saw his low 25-yard shot beat keeper Alex Harris but cannon off the face of the post.

Merthyr were also denied by the woodwork before the break as a left-footed drive from Eliot Richards cleared stopper Myles Bowman but crashed down off the underside of the crossbar.

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The home team could have nicked all three points late in the game when a through ball picked up in the strong wind and had Bowman back-pedalling towards his own goal.

The keeper had the presence of mind to slap the dropping ball away from under his bar before James Taylor prevented substitute Camden Duncan from diverting the rebound into the net.

The Rams will bid to further extend their unbeaten league run when Gosport Borough make the trip to Holloways Park this Saturday (3pm). The two sides played out a goalless draw in the reverse fixture back in October.