MARVIN Brooks was the five-goal hero as Poole Town romped to an emphatic 12-1 win over a youthful Yeovil Town XI at Black Gold Stadium.

The Dolphins midfielder proved the star performer, having stepped up his preparations for the Southern League South campaign following a spell on ITV hit show Love Island.

After a midweek defeat at the hands of rivals Weymouth, boss Tom Killick elected to rotate his squad for the friendly, with club stalwarts Jamie Whisken and Will Spetch coming in at the heart of the defence.

Trialists Claudio Herbert and Flavio Taveres dropped to the bench, while former Hamworthy playmaker Ed Hodge impressed enough last time out to remain in the starting XI.

Despite the eventual domination, Whisken’s mistake in the 10th minute allowed the young Glovers to open the scoring through Devon Arnold, who slotted past Luke Cairney with a cool finish.

Although Dolphins controlled proceedings throughout, it took a while to get themselves on the scoresheet.

Brooks latched on to Josh Carmichael’s through ball to restore parity in the 25th minute.

The goals then quickly started flowing for the hosts as Brooks doubled his tally just after the half hour mark.

Jez Bedford got in on the act two minutes later after Jake Cope fed the ball back to the midfielder.

Providing the two assists for Brooks and Bedford, Cope added his name to a growing list of goalscorers as he sent a driving shot past the Yeovil keeper at his near post.

Brooks made it a first half hat-trick when he inadvertently turned home a teammate’s effort in a crowded box, sending Poole in at the break with a healthy 5-1 lead. A flurry of substitutions followed as Killick dipped into his packed bench to cast an eye on more trialists and youth players.

The changes did not influence Poole’s tight grip on the game however, as Dolphins continued their rout just two minutes after the break.

Brooks took two attempts to convert substitute Claudio Herbert’s cross, before the duo linked up again to provide the hosts’ seventh goal and Brooks’ fifth of the afternoon.

Herbert was then given the opportunity to add to the already large scoreline when Carmichael slipped in the ex-Salisbury winger, who calmly placed the ball past Hunt. George Richardson made it nine with a simple finish before fellow substitute Sam Jackson grabbed his first goal for the club, taking the tally to double figures.

Poole were not done there – Harry Baker made his mark off the bench to add an 11th with a smart finish before Jackson completed the hammering with an injury-time goal.

Dolphins travel to Salisbury on Saturday (3pm) before they begin their league campaign at Farnborough on August 10.