Four goals in the second half took Peterborough United's women's team to a comfortable win over Bedworth United Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands season opener.
The seven-minute hat-trick from captain Perkins was the highlight as Posh took the lead in the first half and barely looked back.
A one-week delay to the start of the season could have left players rusty, but an inch-perfect pass from Megan Parrett gave Jess Driscoll chance to draw first blood – which she did, with a nifty step around the keeper.
Bedworth looked for a quick reply but their closest shots both skimmed the crossbar.
And Posh weren’t letting up. Driscoll could have added a second to her tally, her shot going straight to the keeper. Parrett hit the crossbar and Perkins took an opportunity that sailed well over the bar.
Boss Chloe Brown made a change at the break, with Piper O’Neill making way for Hannah Pendred.
But the hosts were quick out of box in the second half, with Kirsty Farnsworth bringing the score level in the 48th minute.
Posh made a second change on the hour mark as Ellen Marson came on to make her competitive debut, replacing Parrett, before Holly Lewis was forced off after suffering an injury, with Emma Stevenson replacing the full-back.
Marson was the player to give Posh back the lead, with a tight-angled response to a cross from Perkins.
And five minutes later the advantage was extended to three. Having provided the assist for the second goal, Perkins broke free on the left, with her effort beating the keeper.
And she wasn’t stopping there – the number nine bagged her second goal of the game after a Bedworth defensive error fell kindly for her.
Perkins’ third goal in seven minutes was a volley home, settling the score at 5-1 for the Posh women’s season opener.