Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division
Horley Town 4 Spelthorne Sports 0
CLASSY Clarets put Spelly under their spell, bouncing back to winning ways at a muddy The New Defence on Saturday.
The hosts produced yet another proud performance to overpower eighth-placed Spelly and restore themselves to sixth spot in the table.
Top scorer and man of the match Ashley Nadesan bagged another decisive brace, while impressive midfield signing from Carshalton Athletic, Connor Power, enjoyed a dream debut goal and left-back Jack Poplett produced a further late, late show, scoring for the second successive home game following his stoppage-time consolation goal in the recent 3-1 home league defeat against high-flying Camberley Town.
Clarets' manager Anthony Jupp admitted afterwards: "I was very happy with the performance. It was amazing to score four goals and to keep a clean sheet after losing Richard Wetton to a knee injury in midweek and also with Leyton Regan joining East Grinstead Town."
"We were glad to get the game played. I changed our squad due to Michael Smith twisting his knee in training in midweek. In addition, Rob Burbidge injured his big toe but will hopefully be back soon, although I am not sure on the length of Richard's time out yet."
"We started with a slightly different formation and it worked really well. It was difficult to pick a man of the match to be honest, although I would accept that Ash just about won it, as it was a team performance, and to get 70 minutes out of both Liam Cox and Ben Herdman after such a lengthy time out was also so satisfying. It was also good to get Liam Giles back in to the squad and get 20 minutes out of him before another very tough league game next Saturday at Epsom & Ewell."
Fast starting Horley had reeled off three chances in the opening 10 minutes, coming closest to their breakthrough after only nine minutes when James Clarke's left-wing corner saw recalled right-back Liam Cox's header cleared off the goal-line by Tom Hall for a further flag-kick to frustrate the firing hosts.
The deadlock was broken vitally in the second first-half stoppage-time minute when Nadesan shot home inside the far post, giving goalkeeper Dane Buss no chance following a quick thinking throw-in from the right by attacking right-sided player Scott Robson. Referee Luis Nunes ignored an assistant's flag for a possible infringement to allow the goal to stand decisively.
Power fired home at the far post for Clarets' second goal on 52 minutes following fine work in front of goal by Nadesan who produced accomplished hold-up play.
It became 3-0 after 64 minutes when Nadesan gratefully accepted a defensive gift and ran through to fire home past Buss again.
But it needed two stunning saves by George Hyde to deny lively Spelly substitute Joseph Hughes late on before Poplett, desperate to push forward for another goal to add to his increasing collection, powered home an unchallenged header from Clarke's pinpoint right-wing corner in the 89th minute, setting the seal on such an accomplished display by the rampant hosts.
Horley Town: George Hyde, Liam Cox (Bailey Rumbelow 71 min), Jack Poplett, John Eldred, Adam Pullin (capt), Lewis Forsdick, Scott Robson, Ben Herdman (Liam Giles 77 min), Ashley Nadesan, James Clarke, Connor Power (Asa Curtis 67 min). Unused sub: Justin Ford.