Farnham Town manager Paul Johnson praised his side’s “dominant performance” after they picked up a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Harefield United in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Town continued their busy summer of additions on Friday with the arrival of midfielder Joe Jackson from Uxbridge, and he went straight into the starting line-up for Saturday’s impressive victory.
Johnson’s side were quick out of the blocks and took the lead in the 17th minute when Harry Cooksley’s ball found Darryl Sanders, who produced a confident finish.
Farnham doubled their advantage on 37 minutes when Tom Smith’s low cross found Jack Dean, who finished well.
It was 3-0 before half-time as Sanders’ pass found Shamal Edwards, who bent his shot around the Harefield keeper in the 45th minute.
Town scored their fourth and final goal of the afternoon on 62 minutes when Sanders’ corner found Ryan Kinnane, who volleyed home.
Johnson was delighted with his side’s start to the season.
“We dominated the whole game,” he said.
“It maybe would have been better to have a slightly tougher test before our first league game, but we did the job we had to do.”
Farnham’s reward for their victory at Harefield is a home tie against Crowborough Athletic in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday, August 19 (3pm).
Before then Farnham get their Combined Counties Premier Division South campaign under way with a trip to Balham on Saturday (3pm), before hosting Sandhurst Town next Tuesday night (August 15) at The Memorial Ground (7.45pm).
Johnson has made no secret of his desire to secure promotion this season, but he is expecting a tough game at Balham on the opening day.
“Balham are a good passing side and we had two really good games against them last season,” he said.
“We know what to expect from them and want to hit the ground running.
“Hopefully we can get a good result and then have a big crowd for the first home game of the season on Tuesday night against Sandhurst.
“The squad is looking good and I’m going to have a few tough decisions to make.”