Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson was delighted with his side’s performance after they beat AFC Croydon Athletic 4-0 in the Combined Counties Premier Division South on Saturday.

Owen Dean helped himself to a hat-trick, and Lewis Flatman was also on target in front of a crowd at 727 at The Memorial Ground.

"I’m really happy,” said Johnson.

“From start to finish we dominated the whole game. I think the scoreline flattered them (Croydon) – I think they'd take that. It could have been eight or nine.

“We were good. The pitch was perfect for us and we put on a performance for the fans. Owen and Lewis worked really well together. We've asked the strikers to work more as a pair and I thought they were excellent.

"Owen grabbed the headlines but there were so many good performances. Mark Waters was brilliant – he showed everyone what he's about and what a good player we've got on our hands. Along with Harry Cooksley he kept ticking the ball over. Lamar Koroma was back to his best and they couldn't live with us.”

Farnham led 2-0 at half-time thanks to Dean’s close-range finish and Flatman’s superb volley – and Johnson was full of praise for the second goal.

"Lewis has got that in abundance,” said Johnson. “His quality in and around the box is second to none.”

Farnham continued to push forward in the second half, with Dean scoring two more goals to complete his hat-trick, and Johnson was delighted with his side’s standards after the break.

"It was more of the same,” said Johnson.

“We know what the Croydon team is all about and we knew if we get at them they will crumble. All they did was moan at each other for the majority of the game and we knew that.

“We were ruthless, being in their faces and moving the ball. It was job done – I’m very happy. We wanted to come out of the blocks really quickly and kill the game. The worst thing you can do is give them a leg up and all of a sudden everyone's chirpy and in your face. We needed to kill it as quickly as we could and we did.

"The hat-trick was a great moment for Owen. He deserves it because he keeps going and going. Sometimes it doesn't go for him but he never lets his head go down and he got his rewards for what's been a good couple of weeks for him. We managed to get boys off as well to get other boys minutes.”