DOWNTON returned to winning ways in fine style as they beat visiting Ringwood 5-0 in the Wessex League Division One.

A full strength Robins side started very brightly with most of the early chances and some excellent movement from the hosts triggered what was going to be a very entertaining game for the home supporters.

Solid defending in the first 15 minutes from the Downton back four gave the players in front a chance to turn on the style.

The two wide men Flavio Tavares and Dan Telfer were hard to live with and soon established there pathway into the game.

Downton pressed every chance and forced a mistimed clearance from the Ringwood defence which saw the ball land at Paul Gulliver’s feet only for his powerful shot to skim the bar firing early warning shots into the visitors.

Skipper Craig Tyson was again in fine form and broke down every move the visitors tried to create.

His tireless work paid off with his precision through ball to Matt Steer which set up a fantastic goal with Steer firing into the top corner to put the hosts into the lead.

Soon the action was at the other end with a long thru ball from the visitors saw Lee Vint through one-on-one with the goalkeeper and Lewis Gray was quick off his line to pull off a fantastic save.

He quickly played the ball out to Telfer who weaved his way through the Ringwood defence to coolly slot home to double the lead.

At the half time break Downton left the field in full control.

The second half saw Ringwood attacking more often than not, but Downton’s defence had other ideas with Liam Dance and Ben Smith standing strong.

Daniel Savage and Nathan Stott also made it clear that no one was getting by them and they both had outstanding performances.

On the 55 minute mark, Telfer struck again with an excellent individual goal that saw him cheekily nick the ball from the defence and not once but twice turn the defence inside out in what was almost a le Tissier wonder goal to make it three.

Soon the introduction of Declan McGregor became the real thorn in there side with almost his first touch bagged a goal from a sweet move from Steer and Tavares for a simple tap in.

But the next goal was a little more special. Every player touched the ball in the build up before Telfer crashed his shot off the crossbar straight into the path of McGregor who’s sweetly struck first time volley gave the keeper no chance for Downton's fifth.

After the game Ben Smith said: "I have to say that was some of the best football I've seen for sometime, last weeks performance was well below par and this is the response we needed.

"When everyone is available we can really damage teams. We have conceded far too many goals recently and the clean sheet today was another bonus.

"A tough month lies ahead and hopefully some confidence is restored into everyone so a very pleasing result for myself and Rich."

This weekend, Downton travel to Laverstock and Ford.