A talented young Dacorum duo made their mark in Italy last night as Queens Park Rangers U21s thrashed Verbania Calcio 15-0 during the club’s pre-season tour.
Former Hemel Town FC youngster Ben Pattie came off the bench to score a quick-fire second half hat-trick for the Hoops, while 16-year-old goalkeeper Lewis Todd made his U21s bow between the sticks.
It was perfect timing from Pattie, with his four-timer coming just a few days after he signed a six-month contract extension at Loftus Road – lengthening his stay with the club until the end of 2015.
For former Hemel Hempstead School pupil Todd, the experience comes as a result of plenty of hard work since joining the club after three years with the QPR youth academy, following a stint with Wycombe Wanderers.
Todd featured for the QPR U18s squad at the age of 15 and was offered a two-year scholarship to start when he left school last month.
Tuesday night’s game was a thoroughly one-sided affair, with Rangers racing into a 7-0 lead before half-time.
Pattie’s impact was instant when he netted with a tidy finish almost immediately after the re-start, and he headed home at close range just before the hour mark for his second and QPR’s 10th.
Just before that, Todd made his U21s debut when he replaced Joe Lumley between the sticks.
Hit-man Pattie’s hat-trick strike arrived in the 77th minute, and he completed his quadruple with Rangers’ 13th goal only a minute later.