Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson has praised the standards his side are setting after they swatted aside Redhill 4-1 in the Combined Counties Premier Division South on Tuesday night.
Lewis Flatman gave Town the lead at the Memorial Ground with a superb volley from a corner, and Shamal Edwards doubled the home side’s advantage when he leapt highest to head home from another set piece.
The third goal arrived soon after half-time when Flatman sublimely curled his shot home from just outside the box, and Tom Smith scored the fourth with a somewhat fortunate cross-shot.
Andrew Demby pulled a goal back for Redhill from the penalty spot, but Farnham had plenty of other chances to add to their tally.
Town have made a habit of scoring late goals, but there was no need for such drama on Tuesday.
“I don’t think the fans were too happy it was done early on, but it was good for my heart and Jimmy Hibburt’s hair,” joked Johnson.
The Farnham boss was pleased his side didn’t let the standards drop in the second half after deservedly leading 2-0 at the break.
“At half-time we talked about the standards of where we want to go, to kill the game and not give them any leg-ups,” said Johnson. “We came out the blocks again and scored pretty much straight away, which was pleasing.
“Individually from the boys, the standards they’re asking of each other is pleasing. They’ve got to have the desire and will to win games of football. We’re there and we’ll guide them.
“When you can win a couple of games it snowballs and the belief gets bigger and bigger.
“With what we’ve got up front with Owen Dean, Shamal and Lewis, we know we’re going to score.
“I thought Lewis was going to take a touch or head it for the first goal, but he managed to adjust his body for the volley – he’s got that in his locker.
“Shamal then gets up with a good header. The third goal was a great finish – Lewis made it look easier than it actually was.
“I thought we got better as the game went on, and got stronger.
“As the second half went on we looked like we could score from pretty much every set piece.
“Shamal had one effort cleared off the line and Lewis had a header across the goal.”
Despite his delight, Johnson admitted he had hoped for more of an impact from his substitutes.
“The game does go dead when you’re 4-0 up, but we brought the subs on and they needed to make more of an impact,” he said.
“That’s a little bit disappointing, but overall I’m pleased.
“We always say it’s a squad game and you’ll be called upon, and the subs have been great since we’ve been here.”