Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom was delighted with his team’s response as they hit Weston-Super-Mare for six.
A stunning Stefan Payne hat-trick, plus goals from Adam Hammill, Conor Hourihane and the club’s most recent signing, Tom Bradshaw, sealed the rout against the non-league side.
All six goals came after a lack-lustre first-half as Payne gave the Reds manager something to think about with a 13-minute treble.
“He’s there to score goals and a couple of those goals were real strikers’ goals,” said Heckingbottom, whose side haven’t conceded in pre-season.
“He was one of the ones I spoke to at half-time about being better with the ball.
“He knows what he’s got to improve on, what he’s got to be better at,but it’s a bonus when he’s scoring goals like that because that’s what he’s picked for.”
Heckingbottom’s half-time talk worked wonders as the visitors flew out of the blocks in the second period.
It was Payne who opened the scoring five minutes after the interval as he won back possession before bursting into the box and hammering home.
The traveling Reds faithful didn’t have to wait long for a second as Payne doubled his tally just before the hour mark after some neat link-up play between George Moncur and substitute Hammill.
Payne completed his hat-trick, extending his pre-season tally to four, as he powerfully headed past the helpless Purnell.
Moments after coming on, Bradshaw opened up the defence to hand Hourihane a tap-in.
Hammill evoked memories of Barnsley’s play-off glory at Wembley as he let rip from 30 yards before Bradshaw completed the drubbing 10 minutes from time.
Heckingbottom admitted he will start to mould his starting 11 in the Reds’ next pre-season game.
“The good thing we’ve done is built these first few games into our training weeks so it’s been about minutes on the pitch,” said Heckingbottom, whose side have matches against Cheltenham, Everton, Hull and Peterborough to look forward to.
“A few of the guys had 90 on Saturday, a few will get 90 on Tuesday and then we’ve got three more games to give the rest of the boys 90.
“We’ll start shaping the team and we’ll have to prioritise the squad we’re going to put out on the pitch against Ipswich (on opening day).”
Goals: Payne 50, 59, 63, Hourihane 72, Hammill 78, Bradshaw 80.
Weston-Super-Mare: Purnell, Withey, Camper, Cane, Pope (Jordan 45), Fortune (Mawford 45), McClennan (Davis 90), Powell (Barnes 45), Richards, Mullings (Wring 90), Kington.
Barnsley: Townsend, Yiadom (Winnall 71), Cowgill, Nyatanga, Evans, Moncur (Bree 71), Scowen (Hourihane 45), Jackson, Watkins (Hammill 45), Payne (White 71), Tuton (Bradshaw 71).