Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson was delighted with his side after they comfortably swatted aside Burnham 6-0 in the third round proper of the FA Vase on Saturday to equal the club’s record run in the competition.
Darryl Sanders (2), Adam Liddle, Owen Dean, Shamal Edwards and Joe Jackson scored the goals at The Memorial Ground as Town breezed into the fourth round proper of the FA Vase for the first time since the 1976-77 season.
Town took the lead in the 13th minute when Sanders calmly stroked home, and Liddle made it 2-0 on 21 minutes when he tapped home from close range.
Dean scored the third in the 52nd minute when he found the bottom corner, and Sanders made it 4-0 on 57 minutes.
Edwards volleyed home the fifth on 65 minutes, and Jackson completed the scoring on 77 minutes when he curled the ball into the top corner.
“I thought we were close to being really good,” said Johnson.
“Five or six times in the first half we played a sloppy pass which on another day we could have been punished for – but credit to Burnham as they gave it a go.
“It was quite a good game in the first half, but the quality shone through.
“The goals were good again – we’re getting spoilt for good goals.
“We’ve got good players. The mentality was good – when they gave the ball away they went and got it straight away, reset themselves, got back on the ball and did the business.
“You can go and hide, but they didn’t shirk their responsibility at all.
“The substitutes were also good when they came on.”
Johnson was full of praise for two-goal hero Sanders.
“Burnham caught Darryl on a day where he enjoyed football,” said Johnson.
“He was a joy to watch – his touches, creating goals and scoring two goals himself. He started pulling the ball out of the sky and seeing things that no-one else in our league can see. He was good.
“Darryl got man-of-the-match, but Lamar Koroma ran him close.”
The only area of concern for Town was the thick fog which developed in the second half, but the game managed to reach its conclusion.
“The fog was coming down, but we managed to get through it,” said Johnson.
“It came in at the start of the second half, eased off and then came back with a vengeance. We came through it, and that’s a sign of a good side.”
Johnson was pleased to equal the club’s record run in the FA Vase, but he admitted he is focused on winning the competition.
“Now it’s all about winning,” said Johnson.
“Records are good – you can look back at them, but they don’t interest me. Trophies and medals is what you want.”
Farnham’s reward for beating Burnham is a home tie against Bridgwater United in the fourth round proper of the FA Vase. The tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday, January 13.
Town travel to Redhill in the Combined Counties Premier Division South on Saturday (3pm), before hosting Sheerwater in the league next Tuesday night (December 12).
Johnson is expecting a tough test for his side at Redhill on Saturday.
“Redhill is a big game,” said Johnson. “They’ve shown some ambition and will be there or thereabouts. Their squad is good.”