BOSS Tom Killick was full of praise for “excellent” Poole Town after they cruised to a 3-0 win over Southern League South rivals Tiverton.

Dolphins had comfortably beaten the Devon outfit in January with a 2-0 victory away from home.

And Killick’s charges picked up where they left off as they controlled proceedings from the first whistle at Black Gold Stadium.

It took Dolphins just 22 minutes to take the lead through Corby Moore, who benefited from Jez Bedford’s hard work to allow him to place the ball past Liam Armstrong.

Poole doubled their lead three minutes before the break through Sam Griffin. The winger composed himself to slot home from just outside the six-yard box.

Cherries loanee Jake Scrimshaw made sure of victory on 74 minutes when he capitalised on a goalkeeping error to slot into an empty net.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “Overall I was pleased with what I saw from the players. In all areas of the pitch we were excellent. I couldn’t really remember a proper chance Tiverton had.

“From the first minute we were in control but we never took our foot off the pedal, even when we were comfortably in front.

“It was pleasing to see us not only continue our run but put in another fine performance.”

So high was the confidence in his players, Killick named an unchanged starting line-up – despite having Luke Roberts and Will Spetch in contention after continuing their recoveries from injury.

He added: “I felt the back four had performed very well in recent games, so I didn’t really want to change that. I’d trust Will to play anywhere on the pitch, he’s that sort of player.

“We didn’t really have any natural strikers on the bench apart from Luke Roberts but, with the way the game was already decided, we didn’t need to risk him.

“So it made sense to bring on Spetch (up front).”

Experienced frontman James Constable (hamstring) has missed Dolphins’ past two games and Killick is not banking on his return for Saturday’s clash with Frome.

“With Constable, there’s no midweek game next week so he’d be guaranteed a much longer rest,” said the Poole manager.

“I’m not too concerned at the moment because Sam House and Jake Scrimshaw have performed very well up-top together.”

Dolphins remain fifth in the league, with most sides directly below them holding games in hand.

Dolphins: Cairney, Dickson, Smeeton, Leslie-Smith, Whisken, House (Spetch, 51), Griffin, Moore, Scrimshaw, Brooks (Boote, 65), Bedford (Grange, 76). Unused subs: Roberts, Rolleston (g/k).