Stockport Town went on a rout as they thrashed Ashton Town 7-0 in the Hallmark Security League on Saturday afternoon at Stockport Sports Village.
The scoresheet saw five different scorers for Town, including a hat-trick for Ben Halfacre, as well as goals from Conor Downes, Cameron Darkwah, Daryll Grant and Aaron Dwyer, to cap off a tremendous team performance.
Just as recent weeks had done so, the first few minutes of the match got off to a flyer for the home side, with Grant picking up possession on halfway before a storming run forward saw his 25-yard shot go just wide.
Halfacre was also involved early on in the game as he found space on the six-yard line before seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner. The resulting corner saw the Lions striker head just over the bar.
Ashton had a chance to take the lead after 10 minutes as Abelwhite latched onto a cross before flicking a shot onto the crossbar.
A few minutes later and this time it was Stockport who rattled the crossbar, with Thomas Bane intercepting the ball but unable to fire past Ashton’s goalkeeper.
With 22 minutes on the clock the home side had the goal that they had deserved. Downes executing a beautiful freekick from 25-yards out, curling the ball into the far corner.
Just short of the half hour mark and Stockport had doubled their lead, Halfacre grabbing his first of the day following great work from Bane and Ezequiel Miranda. The striker almost had a second before half-time but his rifled 30-yard shot fell just wide of the mark.
The second half started with the Lions maintaining possession and creating a number of chances but it wasn't until the 54th minute that Darkwah added a third. The Stockport attacker showed fantastic footwork inside the area before slotting the ball home.
Minutes later and Dave Wild’s Lions had killed the game off as Halfacre grabbed his second of the match, heading the ball home at the far post following a fantastic cross.
The 66th minute saw Town’s lead striker cap off a fine performance as he secured his hat-trick and the match ball with a fine finish, swivelling inside the penalty area before firing into the back of the net.
Stockport weren't stopping there as they fired home a sixth from right-back Grant, who grabbed his third goal in five matches, after Dwyer’s initial shot came back off the post.
Within 60 seconds after the restart and the home side were in seventh heaven as Dwyer got in on the act. Liam Benin’s header at the back post fell to Dwyer who calmly slotted home for number seven.
Unfortunately it wasn't all good news for Stockport as they ended yet another match with just 10-men, however this time it was due to Dwyer being forced off with an injury. But the damage had been done to Ashton as the referee called an end to a sublime display from Wild’s Stockport.
The Lions are back in action at home next weekend as they welcome a promotion chasing Charnock Richard side to Stockport Sports Village on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.