Ryan Bowman grabbed with his first career hat-trick in Exeter City’s 6-1 win over Colchester United – with the easiest three goals he’ll ever score.

From a combined five yards out, Bowman scored three of the six goals in the thrashing over the U’s, first turning in crosses from Jack Sparkes and Joel Randall, before a bit of luck for the third when Sparkes’ effort was pushed onto the bar and hit him on the line and went in.

The 28-year-old speaking at the game said that the 6-1 win was exactly what the Grecians deserved for their performance and that he could and should have scored more.

Bowman missed a golden chance in the first half when he turned a Matt Jay cross wide of the posts and had a header from a corner cleared off the line, and after a slow start to the season, last year’s top scorer is up to five for the season after four goals in his last three games.

Goal celebrations for Ryan Bowman of Exeter City as he scores his hat trick during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

“I’ll never score an easier three goals,” he said. “They were all put on the plate for me and the last I didn’t know much about it, but I should have got one on the first half as MJ put it on a plate for me and I should have scored,

“We could and should have had more. The first half I should have definitely scored and we should have done better so I was disappointed with myself, but the manager said main thing to get the three points, and then I got three goals myself.

“It was a great team performance and on a personal level, my first career hat-trick, so we put it right after Saturday’s disappointing result and every person was fantastic tonight.

“The main thing was the good performance and the three points and if it was 10-1, they couldn’t have argued with that. We could have some in first half, myself included, and more in the second half, and we are talking about a 6-1 and it doesn’t flatter us, so was a great performance.”

Ryan Bowman of Exeter City celebrates after winning with the match ball as he celebrates scoring a hat trick during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK
Ryan Bowman of Exeter City celebrates after winning with the match ball as he celebrates scoring a hat trick during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

The striker admitted that he probably should have scored more than the five goals he has netted so far this campaign, but that Matt Taylor had faith in him that the goals would come and that his leading of the line had helped Matt Jay and Joel Randall score eight and six goals each, with the Grecians the joint top scorers.

“I probably should have scored more,” Bowman said. “But the manager has said ‘we are all with you’ and there is more to the game and my game than just scoring the goals and MJ and Joel have got the goals off the back of the link-up play. I knew the goals would come but was just a case of when, but there are so many other parts of the game to link up and bring the others into play.”

The 6-1 win sees City move back to fourth in the table, but up next for them is a trip to League One Gillingham in the FA Cup, with a spot in the third round on offer for the winners.

Ryan Bowman of Exeter City poses with the match ball after scoring a hat trick in Exeter City 6 - 1 win during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK
Ryan Bowman of Exeter City poses with the match ball after scoring a hat trick in Exeter City 6 – 1 win during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Colchester United at St James Park, Exeter on 24 Nov. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

And Bowman said that off the back of Tuesday’s win, they will be going there full of confidence that they can reach Round 3 for only the third time in 15 years.

“Off the back of the 6-1, we will go with full confidence and to get a result,” he said. “Gillingham is another test, a different test for us against a League One side, but that’s where we want to be, and to be the best, have to beat the best.

“They are a decent League One team and we are looking forward to it, but if we go there with the right mind-set, we are a match for anyone.”

And with fans set to return to stadia from next week, Bowman added: “We have the cardboard cut-outs, but it’s not the same. It will be a huge lift when the fans come back and we are all looking forward to it.”





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