Ivan Toney capped what is surely the best week of his young sporting life with a stunning four-goal haul as the Cobblers hammered York City 5-0 in the second round of the FA Youth Cup at Sixfields on Wednesday night.
Toney, who on Tuesday wrote his name in the Northampton Town record books when he became the youngest player to represent the club after he went on as an extra-time substitute in the FA Cup replay defeat at Bradford City, was in unstoppable form against the Minstermen.
After an even opening that saw York threaten the Cobblers goal on a couple of occasions, David Moyo - who himself played for the Cobblers first team in the FA Cup against Bradford a fortnight ago - fired the Town youngsters ahead on 34 minutes after good work from Callum Powell before the match turned into the Toney show.
The youngster made it 2-0 on the stroke of a half-time when he converted a penalty that he had won himself.
Toney then made it 3-0 nine minutes after the restart, finishing from a tight angle, and he completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes when he turned in a Powell cross.
The game wasn’t over though, and Toney scored his fourth and the Cobblers’ fifth nine minutes from time.
It was another impressive performance from Craig Hinton’s men, who recorded a fifth straight win and a sixth clean sheet in a row, and now go on to play either Canvey Island or AFC Totton in the third round.
The Cobblers team included Dean Snedker in goal, and Danny Harmon - son of former Town midfieler Darren - but Lewis Hornby was not surprisingly rested after his exertions in the previous night’s match at Valley Parade.
As for Toney, this is a week that will live long in the youngster’s memory, scoring four goals in an FA Youth Cup tie just hours after becoming the youngest Cobbler in history at 16 years and 273 days, replacing Aidy Mann in the record books.
Cobblers: Dean Snedker, Tyler Reeve, Jordan Chambers, Claudio Dias, Harry Mattock, Connor Roberts, Danny Harmon, George Craddock, David Moyo, Ivan Toney (sub Kieran Fitzgerald 84), Callum Powell (sub Elliot Lamb-Johnson 89). Substitutes not used: Yas Hussain, Paps Roland Joao, Ben Heath
York: Josh Archer, Nial Tilsey (sub Dan Andrew 84), Jordan Outerbridge, Chris Banks, Ben Middleton, Tom Allan, Rob Moncur, Dan Middleton, Chris Dickinson (Tom Chamberlain 46), Harry Coates (sub Ollie Smith 59), Reece Kelly Substitutes not used: James Green, Cameron Murray.