Bitmead on the Mark with three
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.
Brucie bonus: Dre Grobler, right, has just
struck for Molesey.