Fulham DFC 5-1 Ashtead FC
Ben Lampert put on a masterclass performance as Fulham DFC trounced Ashtead FC 5-1 to remain leaders of the league.
The plan was simple, Fulham was to beat their rivals, increase the gap at the top of the table and break their consecutive win record at the same time.
It took a bumpy start when left back Fil Kamps was dispossessed high up the pitch. Ashtead seized the opportunity to attack the exposed wing, their striker cut inside of a sliding Eoin Burns and shot to give Ashtead the lead.
The saying goes that a leopard never changes its spots, a saying which can be applied to Fulham vs Ashtead matches as yet again there was a red card shown. As both sides lost discipline and late tackles were in abundance during the first half. The two notable challenges came from Daniel Waller – who was shown a yellow card for his tackle – and right winger Jacob Willis.
After a disagreement over a 50-50 challenge, Willis was pushed without provocation and the referee had no choice but to send the Ashtead midfielder off.
The onus was then on Fulham to make the most of the extra player and be patient with their attack. However Fulham’s attack seemed rushed and panicky and were lucky to not be 2-0 down. Waller conceded a needless freekick which was then crossed with the resulting header glancing just wide of the left post.
It wasn’t until early on in the second half did things finally settle down. Fulham were rewarded with a corner, Lampert drilled a low hard ball which Fil Kamps simply tapped in.
Fulham took control of the game and it wasn’t long after the first goal that Lampert sent a wonderful through ball sending Sam Evans on his way to goal. Evans couldn’t retain his footing and was slowed down enough that he had to backtrack towards the corner. What followed though was an extraordinary goal from Nick Gregory when he whipped in a wind assisted cross that curled perfectly into the top right corner.
Evans provided an almost perfect replication shortly after with a strike of his own. Substitute Daniel Hogan increased the lead even further with a penalty when Lampert was brought down inside the area. Fulham were ruthless in their attack and should have went even further ahead when Philip Swift rattled the crossbar from a long range effort.
Fulham eventually made it five when striker Lee Farrell eventually finished off a quick counter attack. Things ended on a sour note when Waller earned a red card for a perceived slap on an Ashtead player. Ashtead momentarily rallied but Fulham’s class was enough to see out the game and remain as league leaders.
The win means Fulham DFC have achieved six consecutive wins, a record they’ll be looking to extend when they face Acts 29 next week.
The current league table looks like this:
|2.||Oxted & District||8||4||2||2||20||14||+6||14|
|4.||West Ewell Athletic||8||4||2||2||23||22||+1||14|