PS i noticed that when AI (Asad lol) started up in last game I scanned neutral defender base next to it and AI sent in engineer, there was no defending units for the neutral base but there is on my side... just seems like maybe a glitch or could be part of the AI level settings ?
No its not a glitch, you can do that too, when the game start you can send your engineer as fast as possible to take a region with no problem, Neutrals take time to spawn.
Anyway, with the relatively small community we have for multiplayer during Beta ranks aren't as helpful for matching players against each other. You may well be matched to a mismatched player (even repeatedly) because there aren't a lot of opponents at your rank yet. After the weekend there will be more players ranked up to give you some competition.
I have not played 1 auto-match yet, I know I suck, I always play single player because of my not reliable internet connection, but i will try it for the first time in around 4 hours.