OXFORD City Stars trounced hosts Lee Valley Lions 8-0 to stay top of English National League South Division 2.

But head coach Kenny Redmond was not totally happy with the display against the bottom-of-the-table side.

He said: “All credit to Lee Valley, they made it a tough contest and worked hard throughout the match.

“We played well and had a lot of shots on goal, but we need to be a little bit more clinical in front of goal.”

After scoring three times in the first ten minutes, Stars, for whom Kamil Kinkor scored a hat-trick, then failed to turn their superiority into goals.

Considering the combined total of shots was a remarkable 90 (69-21 in Stars favour), it was a mystery that the net was found only eight times.

Stars’ first three goals came in a seven-minute spell.

Josh Oliver opened the scoring, closely followed by Kinkor and Matt Lawday.

While Jake Florey was serving a two-minute minor penalty, the hosts pushed for a power-play goal, with Stars’ keeper Milan Ronai making multiple saves.

In the final minute of the first period, Kinkor placed in a high shot to make it 4-0.

He completed his hat-trick in the 24th minute, which led to rising tensions between the teams.

Stars Jake Florey spent two minutes in the sinbin following a hard hit on a Lee Valley player.

Crucially, during this spell, Mike Whillock, with the assistance of Darren Elliott, scored a short-handed goal to take the visitors out of reach at 6-0.

In the third period, Mark Duffy replaced Stars netminder Ronai, who had taken a heavy hit.

With Andy Cox and Josh Oliver serving penalties, Stars again found themselves short-handed, but they prevented Lions breaking their duck.

After Lee Valley received another penalty, Dom Hopkins added a powerplay goal, Conor Redmond making this his third assist of the evening.

The last ten minutes were played even-handed.

Duffy was forced to make a couple of saves before Cox scored the final goal of the night.

Stars will need to be in top form this weekend with a double-header.

Their trip to Invicta on Saturday is followed 24 hours later by a match at home to Swindon Wildcats, which will be attended by the Oxford United’s goalscoring legend James Constable.