Marcello Trotta continued his fine form on loan at Wycombe with a hat-trick as the Chairboys beat Exeter City 3-1 in League One this afternoon.

The Italian striker, who extended his loan from Fulham by another month over the festive period, got the home side off to the best possible start after just 32 seconds at Adams Park firing home an Anthony McNamee cross to open the scoring. After Danny Coles had equalised for Exeter, Trotta restored Wycombe’s lead five minutes before half-time with a sublime solo strike after receiving the ball inside the City penalty area and lashing a shot from an acute angle through Artur Krysiak.

Nikki Bull saved a Guillem Bauza penalty in the second half and Trotta wrapped his hat-trick with his sixth goal of his loan spell in his fourth appearance for Wycombe. The 19 year-old sprinted straight at the heart of the Exeter defence with three minutes to play and drove a low shot through a defender and beneath the body of Krysiak to lift Gary Waddock’s side out of the relegation zone. Fittingly, Trotta’s parents were among the crowd to watch their son for the first time saw he had dropped down to League One for some first-team experience.