TEENAGE striker Harry Varley made his mark in spectacular fashion in Avenue’s 5-2 friendly win at Campion last night.

The youngster, who signed a first-team deal aged 16 back in February, plundered a second-half hat-trick, and boss Danny Whitaker might well have a phenomenal prospect on his hands for the 2024/25 Northern Premier League East Division campaign.

Avenue made a sensational start at Scotchman Road last night, in a game that was brought forward by 24 hours due to the England and Netherlands Euro 2024 semi-final.

Jodi Tiffany put the visitors in front after just three minutes, before one of the new boys, Oli Norman, doubled their lead almost immediately.

Campion have their own hotshot striker in Zak Khan, who has just signed from Bradford rivals Route One Rovers after scoring a league record 36 goals in the North West Counties Football League First Division North last season.

Khan halved the deficit on 36 minutes last night, meaning Avenue only led 2-1 at the break.

Tiffany had an early second-half strike disallowed for offside following an excellent ball from Joe Crosby, but it was the Varley show thereafter.

He put Avenue 3-1 up just after the hour mark, then after Khan had netted his second for Campion, Varley restored the away side’s two-goal cushion on 77 minutes.

And the teenager sealed his hat-trick with another goal seven minutes from time, on what was a proud night for the academy, with several scholars and graduates in action.