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Seven goals secure seventh and play-offs

REPORT - Airbus 0-7 Robins

AIRBUS 0-7 ROBINS

- Six first half goals helped Robins to another victory
- Oswell's helps himself to treble for a third time this season
- Mills-Evans and Sutton both score
- Play-off spot now secured 

A mammoth goal haul saw the Robins make light work of relegated Airbus and secure their place in the play-offs.

Alex Fletcher, Kieran Mills-Evans and Jason Oswell all struck before the half hour mark, before Shane Sutton, Oswell again and Ross Stephens wrapped up an emphatic win before half time.

Oswell secured his third treble of the season as the Robins ran riot on the penultimate day of the league campaign.

Airbus were already relegated but had the first chance of the game, Ashley Williams lashing over a knock down.

It was easy to see how Airbus’ defensive mistakes had cost them dear this season, as after six minutes one cost them the opening goal.

Ryan Kershaw’s cross was only partly cleared by Bailey Jackson, and Fletcher took full advantage, driving the ball into the corner of the net.

Rhys Deakin headed over moments later, before danger man Tony Gray came within inches of levelling, but his header from a corner cannoned back off the crossbar.

Stephens lashed a long range effort over, before Mills-Evans kept up his scoring form against Airbus this season.

The centre half found space in the box to power home a Craig Williams corner, his second against the wingmakers this season.

It was almost game set and match within 30 seconds, as the Robins went on the offensive again.

A cross found Oswell one on one, but he couldn’t squeeze a shot under Ryan Neild.

The Robins were not made to wait long for a third however, with another goal coming before the half hour mark.

A through ball to Oswell saw the league’s top scorer keep his cool, and round Neild to slot into an empty net.

Despite being three to the good, Newtown were guilty of not scoring more, as Oswell blazed a volley over from a great position just after the half hour mark.

Chris Hughes’ side were coming forward at every opportunity, and looked dangerous when they did.

Oswell headed a Kershaw cross just wide, before Kershaw himself saw a powerful shot palmed away by Neild.

The wingmakers weak rear guard was breached again on 38 minutes, as Sutton found space to glance home a Jamie Price cross.

They weren’t content with four before the break, and made it five from the spot four minutes before the break.

A corner pinballed around the box, and an Airbus player was judged to have put a high foot in on Oswell.

Penalty was given and Oswell stepped up to slot home his 22nd goal of the campaign, and all but seal the golden boot.

The top marksman should have had his hat-trick before the break, but somehow managed to screw a Nick Rushton cross wide.

And if you thought the Robins were done before the break, think again. From a corner Stephens played a one two with Fletcher, and the midfielder looped a cross over the keeper and in.

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The Newtown onslaught continued in the opening exchanges of the second half.

First Stephens somehow screwed an effort over form five yards, before Williams blazed a volley over from inside the box.

Just over 20 minutes from time however, Oswell completed his third hat-trick of the season.

Fletcher’s cross picked out the striker who volleyed home in mid-air to complete his treble, before being substituted.

Gray headed straight up in the air when it looked easier to score, as Airbus attempted to grab a consolation but struggled to muster up chances.

The Robins had a couple of late chances to add to their tally but it remained at seven.

It beat the record away win, a 7-1 win at Ton Pentre in 1997, and secured our place in the play-offs.

There have been some memorable score lines on the road in the second half, but the Robins saved the best until last.

Airbus – Neild, Spittle, Tomassen (Rule 14), Jackson, Murphy, Edwards (Owens 46), Williams, Gray, Deakin, O’Neill (R Edwards 46), Edwards

Subs not used – Fraughan, Robinson, Hulley, Anoruo

Yellow – A Williams 70

Newtown – Jones, Williams, Sutton, Mills-Evans, Price, Stephens, Fletcher (Edwards 78), Kershaw, Mitchell, Rushton (Kenton 58), Oswell (Boundford 68)

Subs not used – Perry, Wells, Cadwallader