Jack Mullan scores the third goal

Ashford Town (Middlesex) will travel to Grays Athletic in the next round of The FA Carlsberg Trophy after a 5-1 win at Walton Casuals.

The Ash Trees were given a superb platform by the award of a penalty in the third minute, which was emphatically scored by Mark Bitmead.  The home side enjoyed a series of corners, but failed to test Paul McCarthy and found themselves two goals behind in the 19th minute after a superb team move.  Ashley Lodge and Kofi Lockhart-Adams combined to send Ed Thomas away down the left and his fine cross left Dan Brown with a simple finish.

Casuals again rallied, with Glenn Stanley having a shot blocked and Paul McCarthy saving well from Sol Patterson-Bohner.  However, in the 29th minute, it was Ashford who went three goals ahead when Jack Mullan flicked the ball home from a free-kick (pictured).

Four minutes before half time, Walton were reduced to ten men when Hassan Nyane was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident after his team were awarded a free-kick.  The free-kick led to sustained pressure on the Ashford goal and the Tangerines conceded a penalty, which was scored by Liam Holden.

Ashford started the second half well and were awarded a second penalty in the 59th minute, but Bitmead’s spot kick was not well struck and Chico Ramos made the save.  Ashford added a fourth goal in the 67th minute, Bairoh Conteh heading home from a fine Ashley Lodge free-kick.  The fifth goal was scored in the 88th minute, substitute Samad Kazi sending Dan Brown away, with the striker drawing Ramos off his line and squaring the ball for Ed Thomas to score.

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