TWO goals apiece from Nick Easterbrook and Dom Welman boosted Salisbury Hockey firsts' promotion push in Hampshire Division 1.

They struck before Tom Morton got in on the Lower Bemerton outfit's convincing 5-3 win over Trojans' seconds - their sixth on the trot.

From the start, Salisbury piled the pressure on their Hampshire visitors and broke the deadlock with their first short corner of the game, a deflected Easterbrook strike beating the keeper.

Shortly after, Easterbrook scored from another short corner to double Salisbury's lead.

Welman then notched up a double, tapping home Marwaha's assist before providing a classy reverse stick finish when one-on-one with the keeper, to give the hosts a 4-0 advantage at the break.

The second half continued in the same vein and it wasn't long before Morton scored a superb fifth. He led a drive from the halfway line, beating two players before the goalkeeper.

It looked like there would be six and a hat-trick for Welman, but his goal was disallowed after play was taken back for a foul that had occurred three minutes prior to the goal.

Salisbury took their foot off the gas which allowed Trojans to hitback with three soft goals.

But, despite the comeback, Salisbury held on for three points ahead of their trip to third-placed Weymouth on Saturday.

Captain Andy Renshaw said: "It's a good result against a very organised side."

"We began to break down with ease at times and scored some quality goals. It was disappointing to concede a couple of sloppy goals towards the end but we are full of confidence at the moment and will be looking to keep this run going."

Elsewhere, Salisbury seconds won away at Trojans' thirds 4-0.

On target were Alex Rennie, ending his four-year drought for a goal, Tim Garston (2) and Rich Wade.