After a 15 minute spell which saw Hawks on the back foot they held firm and their confidence grew as they realised their potential. George Guillian was unlucky not to open the scoring after a move down the right but Hawks quickly made it 2-0. Sunderland scoring following a deflection and Dawson Senior netting.
With a full squad it was important to maintain concentration and shape as the youth in the side switched. However Aaron Tyler-Chamberlain and Hamish Ferguson showed their tenacity and effortlessly provided options all over the pitch as they worked with Dawson jnr, OJ Webb, Ollie Graham and Johnnie Sunderland.
In a lapse Ashford pulled one pack but this galvanised Hawks into greater effort as the experience of Matt Brook, James Finlayson and Chris Hutton enabled the development players to flourish. As Warner jnr returned from a blood injury and Will Laird looked assured at the back alongside Matt Brook the team broke loose.
Playing with intensity and flair the ball was moving round the pitch and with Freddie Honeyman probing the right channel Ashford were constantly on the back foot. Two well taken goals by Sunderland and a short corner from Dawson Snr effectively closed the game.
However The Cat Felix again was forced to make 2 excellent saves to keep the lead intact. In the final quarter Richard Walsh was the remaining senior outfield player as 9 development players closed the game out with assurance and team work. A great game to enjoy for all concerned.