POOLE Town boss Tom Killick watched debutant Jake Scrimshaw go on a six-goal rampage, substituted him and then admitted: “I was almost worried how many he was going to get!”

The 18-year-old striker, on loan from Cherries, fired Dolphins to a 7-1 victory over Wessex Premier Portland United in the Dorset Senior Cup first round on Tuesday.

Scrimshaw bagged a couple of goals to put Killick’s troops 2-1 up at the break, before blasting home four further efforts in an astonishing seven-minute spell in the second half.

He was replaced by Tyrrell Sampson having achieved the remarkable feat of becoming Poole’s top scorer for the season inside 70 minutes.

Sampson tapped in a late seventh but it was Scrimshaw who was firmly in the limelight after Dolphins set up a home quarter-final with Dorset Premier League outfit Swanage Town & Herston.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “I took him off because I was almost worried how many he was going to get!

“In the first half, without sounding ridiculous, he missed a couple of chances so he could perhaps have scored eight goals.

“It’s a brilliant start for Jake and, hopefully, it will give him confidence and integrate him into the group in a fairly big way.

“He looked a very good all-round player. I’m sure he won’t get carried away because it’s not the level of opposition he will be up against most weeks, but he looked such an accomplished player in every aspect.

“We hope he can enjoy himself here and play games and, hopefully, this spell will form an important part of his development.”

There is no exact timeframe for Scrimshaw’s loan spell at Black Gold Stadium but Killick is hoping it will be longer rather than shorter.

He said: “I think it’s open-ended – hopefully, about five years now I’ve seen that!

“We’re hoping we can use him throughout the season but Bournemouth have first call on him.

“When their under-18s have big games, it’s likely they will have him. We will liaise closely with Alan Connell and Bournemouth and see when it suits them.

“They have been hugely helpful in letting us have a player of that calibre.”

Poole had fallen behind to Ed Bastick’s terrific fifth-minute opener before roaring to a comprehensive victory.

Killick had made eight changes to his starting XI and he was pleased to see rotation pay off – eventually.

He said: “You want to pick a team which is strong enough to win the game and I did that.

“There will not be many who started against Portland who will start on Saturday so we diluted it a bit but I wanted to win the game.

“Sometimes you worry you shouldn’t have diluted it. We didn’t start very well but I always felt we looked capable of winning.

“It worked out quite well in the end because I gave opportunities to players who needed opportunities and we were still good winners.”

Dolphins: Rolleston, Dickson, Smeeton (Turner, 73), Leslie-Smith, Jamison, Davis, Bedford, Devlin, Gillespie (Hubbard, 68), Scrimshaw (Sampson, 72), Grange. Unused sub: Brooks.