Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson was delighted with his side’s performance after they won 5-1 at Spelthorne Sports in the Combined Counties Premier Division South to continue their perfect record in the league this season.
Jack Dean, Darryl Sanders and Lewis Flatman (3) scored the goals as Town made it 21 wins from 21 matches to match AFC Wimbledon’s 21-match winning start in the Combined Counties League in the 2003-04 season.
Town took the lead in the 22nd minute through Dean’s 30-yard rocket, and Sanders doubled their advantage on 35 minutes with a superb back-flick volley.
Flatman, who came off the bench as he made his return to action from suspension after being sent off in the home game against Spelthorne, slotted home straight after half-time to make it 3-0.
Jamie Nvumba pulled a goal back for Spelthorne on 48 minutes, but the hosts were reduced to ten men on 50 minutes when Oliver Davison was sent off.
Flatman made it 4-1 in the 70th minute, before completing his hat-trick on 78 minutes with a composed finish.
Johnson was delighted with his side’s efforts.
“We were really good in the first half – Spelthorne didn’t really get out of their half,” he said.
“With the amount of chances we had in the first half it could have been five or six.
“Jack’s strike for the first goal took the breath away, and Darryl’s finish was really clever.
“Goal-of-the-season will be tough – I’m not judging it!
“The start to the second half was quite dramatic. The red card was a red card. It might have been a bit harsh, but by the letter of the law it’s a red card.
“It was great to see Lewis get a hat-trick against his former club.”
The only negative for Farnham was that Sanders and Max Meaton both went off in the first half with injuries, but Johnson hopes neither injury is serious.
“Max felt his hamstring early on so we took him off,” he said.
“Darryl felt some tightness in his hamstring. We were 2-0 up and there was no need to risk him. Hopefully it isn’t serious.”
Farnham will break AFC Wimbledon’s 21-match winning start to a season in the Combined Counties if they beat Cobham at The Memorial Ground today (Saturday). The match kicks off at 3pm.
Johnson insists he is focusing on picking up three more points.
“It will be a great record to have if we break it, but the most important thing is to get three points,” he said.
“Knaphill drew on Saturday so we’re now 13 points clear at the top. It’s a really good position to be in. We want to get the league won as soon as possible.”