Kids are all right as Town win again

PUBLISHED: 12:14 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

Ashley Townsend scored a brace to help Buntingford to victory - Pic: Dan Wilson

Ashley Townsend scored a brace to help Buntingford to victory - Pic: Dan Wilson

Standon & Puckeridge 1 (B Stamp) Buntingford Town 5 (M Wright 2, A Townsend 2, L Robins) TOWN made it two wins and nine goals in their first two games as neighbours Standon were hammered on Tuesday evening. Although the margin of victory probably flatte

Standon & Puckeridge 1

(B Stamp)

Buntingford Town 5

(M Wright 2, A Townsend 2,

L Robins)

TOWN made it two wins and nine goals in their first two games as neighbours Standon were hammered on Tuesday evening.

Although the margin of victory probably flattered Paul Attfield's side, there never looked any doubt that his side would remain top of the league after they had taken a second minute lead.

Boss Attfield was pleased with the way his young side dominated the newly promoted hosts for long periods.

"The youngsters looked comfortable, and the pace we played at caused Standon problems" he said.

"We always looked like scoring goals, but just as importantly we've had five or six scorers so far.

"We looked dangerous all over the pitch. Hopefully we can maintain the good start. The next couple of games will be tricky as Chris Hardy and Duncan Easley are both on holiday, but I hope we'll see the benefits of our bigger squad."

Having opened the scoring early in Saturday's win against Met Police Bushey, Town repeated the trick when Matt Turl's left wing cross was met by Mark Wright who powered the ball home from eight yards.

Turl nearly doubled the lead when he headed a corner wide, while home defender Will Sadler nearly sliced a corner past his own 'keeper before the visitors doubled the lead in the 28th minute.

A good throw from keeper Damien Williamson found Tom Malins down the left, and he proceeded to run half the length of the pitch before was needlessly brought down on the edge of the box.

Ashley Towsend took the resulting penalty, and sent Matthew Cope the wrong way from the spot.

The visitors appeared to relax after the goal, and they were made to pay four minutes before the break when Bradley Stamp - on loan from Ryman League side Ware - sent an exquisite lob over Williamson from the edge of the box and into the far corner of the net.

Within four minutes of the restart Buntingford had restored their two-goal advantage when, with what proved to be his last touch before being replaced by Gary Christie, Wright sent a looping header over Cope following a long punt forward.

From then on there was only going to be one winner, and after Malins and Christie had both gone close, Luke Robins made it 4-1 in the 63rd minute with a perfect free-kick from the right which nestled in the bottom corner.

The scoring was wrapped up 16 minutes from time when Townsend saw his shot deflected, but he was not to be denied and he headed the resulting corner past a helpless Cope.

There was still time for Williamson to save well from Stamp and Town substitute Jan Stephens to hit the top of the bar, but on this form, Attfield's pre-season target of a top three finish and promotion to the Ridgeons League certainly looks achievable.

Town: D Williamson, L Endacott, D Chaffey, C Hardy, J Babbage, M Turl (J Stephens), M Smith, T Malins, A Townsend, M Wright (G Christie), L Robins. Unused subs: D Cain, J Morris.

- Town travel to Bedmond Sports & Social on Saturday before hosting Knebworth on Wednesday evening, kick off 6.15pm.

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