Bit­mead on the Mark with three

Surrey Herald/News - - FOOTBALL -

THANKS to a Mark Bit­mead hat-trick, the Ash­ford Town band­wagon rolls on as they com­pleted their eighth suc­ces­sive Com­bined Coun­ties Premier vic­tory – a 4-0 win at Hor­ley Town. With Spelthorne drop­ping points and Mole­sey los­ing too, it was a good day for Ben Mur­ray’s side who have cer­tainly found Step 5 more to their lik­ing after a dis­as­trous run last sea­son ended in rel­e­ga­tion from the South­ern League. Ash­ford, sec­ond be­hind Cove, pro­duced some ex­cel­lent foot­ball in the first half and while Hor­ley looked dan­ger­ous once or twice, the level of pos­ses­sion en­joyed by the vis­i­tors led to them de­servedly go­ing in front on 27 min­utes, al­beit the goal com­ing from a fairly soft penalty. There was no doubt Bit­mead was the re­cip­i­ent of some­thing of a shove of sorts – but he re­cov­ered well enough to score the re­sul­tant penalty. When Bit­mead scored again four min­utes later, it seemed the flood­gates may open but Hor­ley got on top in the sec­ond half but lacked fire­power. Even so they should have pulled one back when a misplaced pass from Tommy Brun­ton put Hor­ley’s lead­ing scorer Ash­ley Nade­san in on goal. For­tu­nately for the vis­i­tors, his at­tempt to swerve the ball round Tyler Tobin went well wide. The match was sealed with 10 min­utes re­main­ing when Bit­mead made it a hat-trick, then Jack Bea­dle scram­bled a fourth in stop­page time. Ash­ford have added to their squad by sign­ing Joe Green from Knaphill. Hav­ing lost to lead­ers Cove the pre­vi­ous week, Mole­sey went down again, this time at home to Hart­ley Wint­ney. Once again they missed chances, and were frus­trated when Jamie Line­gar had a goal dis­al­lowed in the first half. Steve Webb’s side did take the lead in the 65th minute when James McShane’s pass found Dre Grob­ler who fired home from out­side a packed penalty box. But five min­utes later, El­liot Hob­den lev­elled with a bril­liant goal from dis­tance and the same player cap­i­talised on con­fu­sion from a Moles throw just out­side their own area to nick pos­ses­sion and curl in the win­ner. Spelthorne Sports dropped their first points of the sea­son in a 0-0 draw at home to Cam­ber­ley Town – hav­ing won their open­ing seven. In Di­vi­sion One, Staines Lam­mas were 2-0 down at home to Chess­ing­ton & Hook when the game was aban­doned on 27 min­utes due to a player threat­en­ing oth­ers with a weapon be­lieved to be a pitch­fork, after a man from each side had been sent off.

Paul Burgman EN145826

Brucie bonus: Dre Grob­ler, right, has just

struck for Mole­sey.

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