Saturday 1st October 2011
Windsor FC gave the perfect response to last weeks disappointing FA Vase exit by demolishing Banstead Athletic 11-0 at Stag Meadow.
The Windsor players and management had come under fire form supporters over the past couple of weeks and today showed what they were truly capable of.
Windsor were quick to get started and never really gave their guests a chance to get settled in the sweltering heat.
With just 12 minutes on the clock Windsor took a deserved lead when Ben Porter's defence splitting pass left Ryan O'Toole with only Colin Harris to beat which he did with relative ease before slotting the ball in the net.
Yahswa Romeo should have doubled the lead only minutes later when he struck the bar from a Porter corner.
It would be harsh to say that Banstead never had a chance on goal, although they were very limited.
Their first of just two in the game came when Bentley Graham's free kick was met by the head of Bradley Duke but he was unable to keep the ball the right side of the post.
Their only other chance would come towards the end of the half when Rob Bullivant did well to push Leon McDowell's effort over the bar.
They would come to rue the missed chance as Windsor then doubled their lead and they were reduced to ten men.
Romeo managed to get through the defence before holding of a defender before lifting the ball over a stranded Harris.
Banstead skipper Bradley Duke protested a little too strongly and after some very strong words with referee Sotimirin was shown a red card.
From there on it was all one way traffic as first Porter flicked one past the post, Ryan Parsons had a close range effort saved and then O'Toole had a header saved.
But, as the half entered the final minutes, Banstead really started to struggle with the heat and pace of the game and Windsor effectively settled the result.
Ashe played the ball through for O'Toole who would have been given offside had he gone for it. He didn't so Ashe kept going and calmly slotted past Harris.
A fourth was added on the stroke of half time when Joe Chandiram's cross was knocked down by Romeo into the path of O'Toole who finished from close range for his second of the game.
Two changes for Banstead at half time would do nothing to stop the flood of pressure and Windsor extending their lead.
A quick free kick by Chandiram was perfect for Porter who managed to get round Sam Hewitt before beating Harris.
Five very soon became six when Chris Ellis' long throw was flicked on by Porter and finished by a fine strike from the edge of the area by Romeo.
Just 10 minutes in to the second half and Windsor added a seventh when Ashe slid the ball through for O'Toole to run through and complete his hat-trick.
Windsor were relentless in their pursuit for more goals and looked certain for an eighth when Chandiram walked through the defence setting up O'Toole who in turn found Kyle Anthony but for once Harris wasn't going to be beaten.
Banstead were lucky not to have been reduced to nine when Hewitt brought down Romeo when he was clean through.
The eighth finally arrived on 68 minutes when a ball over the defence from Porter found O'Toole and after beating Charlie Clarke-Gleave made no mistake in beating Harris for his fourth of the match.
Chances came and went for Windsor as Dapo Abitogun had two efforts saved and Dave Tilbury hit the post.
There was still time for a final flurry and another hat-trick in the final seven minutes, this time for Kyle Anthony.
His first came when he curled an effort around Harris from the edge of the area after being set up be Porter. Soon after he then walked through the defence and beat Harris.
He completed his hat-trick when he was quickest to react after O'Toole had an effort blocked on the line.