Colts suffer the drop

  • Among the goals: Kwonde Lathan

Colts held their own in the first half and had some good chances to take the lead as Eli Smith’s lob over Town goalkeeper Jaiden Manders was headed clear from under the crossbar by Dominique Williams. At the other end, Angelo Simmons was denied by goalkeeper Gregory Rose after his free kick got through the six-man Colts wall.

After Kyle Jones saw a shot bounce just wide of Manders’s left-hand post, Town finally broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute when, after a series of passes, defender K’wonde Lathan was put through by Jamel Amory to steer his shot past Rose. A curling free kick by full back Ashon Hart, of Colts, troubled Manders at the far post before he cleared the ball for a corner. Colts still looked confident of getting a good result but three quick goals broke their spirit as Town romped to another impressive win. Eusebio Blankendal doubled the lead with a low shot into the near post from the edge of the box in the 71st minute.

Tomiko Goater struck a similar left-footed goal to the bottom corner a minute later before captain Angelo Simmons beat Rose with a near post shot from an angle on the left side of the box, with Rose anticipating a cross to the back post. He did pull off a good save to deny Goater a fifth goal two minutes from the end when he turned the shot around the post for a corner.

“We just had to be patient and break them down, we knew they had six players behind the ball,” said Simmons, whose hat-trick against Village last week threw a wedge in their title aspirations.

“Once the first goal went in it opened up for us and we were able to score more. We’re not doing anybody any favours, right up to the last game we’re trying to win every game.”

Town were happy to get revenge after that high-scoring loss at Police Field. “It was in the back of our minds but the main thing was the three points, not the revenge,” Simmons stressed.

Town are unbeaten in six league games and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.