FERRING Football Club manager Pete Matthews has hailed his free-scoring squad’s strength in depth but warned they must not let up.
The Glebelands side crashed five goals past Eastbourne United Reserves on Saturday to advance into the third round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup.
The visitors continued a rich vein of form in front of goal which has seen them crash home 27 goals in their last six games.
Ferring led 2-0 at half-time through goals from Ross Fraser and Barney Boutwood, before second-half strikes from Pete Christodoulou, Boutwood and an own goal completed the rout in between the hosts pulling a goal back.
Matthews said: “Despite leading 2-0 at half-time the players felt frustrated with the performance and it was good to see how we dealt with this. Our second-half performance was much more cohesive, for a 20-minute period our passing and movement was as good as we have produced at any time this season.
“We are creating numerous chances and the depth of the squad is paying dividends, we had three regular players unavailable but the performance of the players coming in was superb. As I have stated before we must not become complacent and continue to improve our performances.”
Ferring dominated from the outset although the home side could have taken the lead on a rare break but Charlie Gammons pulled off a fine save. The first goal was a superb individual effort from Fraser who ran from his own half, played a one-two with Josey Stakim and smashed home.
Ferring continued to press and following a goal-line clearance from Stakim’s header, Boutwood was on hand to fire in the rebound.
In the second half, the third goal came when Christodoulou headed home from Joe Matthews’ driven free kick and Boutwood added a fourth after racing clear.
A lapse in concentration followed and Eastbourne pulled back a consolation goal.
Ferring, however, added a fifth goal when a home defender turned Simon Clarke’s cross into his own net.