BOSS Tom Killick was full of praise for his “confident” charges as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Southern League South strugglers Hendon.

Goals from Ollie Dennett, Marvin Brooks and Jez Bedford paved the way for the table-toppers to record their seventh league win in nine games.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “It was another really confident and impressive performance.

“I was especially pleased with the players, because after a tough game in the week, we’ve had to go away again.

“To score another three goals really shows how well we are playing and the performances have been brilliant even without the scorelines reflecting it.”

After an emphatic midweek win over Gosport, Killick decided to rest star striker Harry Baker.

And without the prolific marksman, Dolphins still took the lead after just 25 minutes.

Dennett continued his emphatic start in Poole colours by pouncing on a deflected Josh Carmichael shot that cannoned off the post.

Despite their control of the game in the first half, Dolphins had to wait until after the break to confirm their ascendency.

Brooks latched on to Corby Moore’s free kick to double the lead.

The game was over as a contest just after the hour mark, when Bedford rounded off a beautifully worked move.

Hendon reduced arrears from the spot via Francis Amartey in the 75th minute, a moment that put a slight dampener on the result for the visitors.

Killick added: “After a clean sheet during the week and almost another one on Saturday, if not for a soft penalty decision, I think the whole team deserves credit.

“Yes, we are clicking and looking dangerous going forward, but the defence deserves credit.

“Jamie Whisken and Will Spetch have both looked impervious in recent weeks. As a whole, we are doing everything right, and that’s all I can ask for.”

With Baker omitted from the starting XI and Luke Roberts yet to return from his latest injury battle, as well as the long-term absence of Steve Devlin, Killick hailed the strength of his current group of players.

“In terms of both quality and effort, this is up there for the best group of players we’ve had,” he said.

“There’s so much competition in every spot. Harry knows he missed out not because he hasn’t performed, but because he deserves a rest.

“I think it’s the strongest squad we’ve had in a while, and it’ll get stronger when certain players get back from injury.”