The attendance was down on Saturday which was a shame as those present witnessed 45 minutes of football from Ashford that could genuinely be described as scintillating; it was that good at times as they beat Badshot Lea by 4 goals to nil.

Badshot Lea came to play football and that is exactly what they did throughout the 90 minutes but Ashford looked unstoppable in the first half, running in all four goals and threatening to run riot.

It took 10 minutes for Mark Bitmead to open the scoring, when he sent in a low curling free kick past Ashley West in the away goal who was making his debut for Badshot.  The quality of football was incredible at times for a Step 5 side and the second goal on 19 minutes from Max Webb was the icing on the cake as the ball was passed around incisively with at least five players involved, before Webb slotted home with aplomb.

On 25 minutes it was Dan Fleming with a lob over the keeper, as he came out.  It was Tommy Brunton who who sent in the defence splitting pass in the first place.  He was fouled as he did it but referee Smith played a superb advantage and was entitled to give himself a metaphorical pat on the back.

On the half-hour mark it was four, as Brunton got in the act, slamming home after Bitmead’s effort had been blocked on the line.

The second half was different.  With the match effectively lost, the visitors deserve great credit for keeping their heads up and preventing any further goals going in.  Ashford seemed content to hold on to the lead and some rather indifferent finishing at times did not help, coupled with some excellent saves from  West in the away goal.

Mr. Smith having done so well with the advantage in the first half, rather let himself down in the second period when he pulled play back for a free kick to the Tangerines just as Mark Bitmead was about to roll the ball into an empty net but this was one day when we could afford to be charitable and both sides agreed that, overall, he enjoyed an good afternoon.

Manager Murray, rotating his squad with some finesse each week, had another strong bench available and will probably rotate again next Saturday when we have our latest break from league fixtures as we travel to Hoddesdon Town in the FA Cup.  More on that one later in the week.

On Wednesday evening, the Under-18’s should finally get their Ryman Youth League season underway after two postponements, when they entertain Wealdstone U18 at Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 pm.  The Ladies had another big win on Sunday and we will bring news on that as soon as it is available.  Our partners British Airways FC also had another good win on Saturday, winning 3-2 away to Sporting Hackney.