ASHBOURNE began their Derbyshire Cup campaign with a comprehensive victory against Midland Regional Alliance side Bargate.
The pitch was very heavy underfoot but that did not deny the hosts the chance to knock the ball around and the opening exchanges were all Ashbourne as Bargate struggled to pick the runners or even get a meaningful challenge in.
Paul Spencer was on hand to open the scoring, extending his recent good form, before Callum Woolley made it two and Nick Birds added a third with barely 15 minutes on the clock.
Harrison Avery was being barely troubled between Ashbourne’s sticks as Bargate were on the back foot.
Ashbourne continued with their scoring spree as Spencer, Woolley and Sean Millward made the half-score a commanding 6-0.
The hosts started the second half with two substitutions as Woolley and Millward were replaced by Sam Archer and Steve Williams.
The second half saw Bargate start to put some passages of play together and Ashbourne were tending to overplay the situation instead of sticking to the pass and move of the first half.
However this did not stop Ashbourne adding two more goals, with Martyn Taylor notching on his return to the starting XI and an own goal stretching the lead to 8-0.
Bargate were not to be denied and after a wayward ball from the left hand side was seized upon by a Bargate player to slide his shot into the far corner of Avery’s goal.
ASHBOURNE: Avery, Cragg, Taylor, Austin, Lomas, Turgg, Etherington, Birds, Spencer, Woolley, Millward, Arden, Williams, Wright.