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Match Reports

29/4/17 Rochester United Won 7-0

Ashford United capped a wonderful season by being crowned deserved Southern Counties East League champions following a thumping 7-0 win over Rochester United at the Homelands. It proved to be a fitting finale to a double winning season and a great way for Manager Danny Lye to celebrate his 100th match in charge as the […]

22/4/17 Croydon Won 4-0

Ashford United stand on the brink of securing promotion to the Isthmian League after easing to a comfortable 4-0 victory at Croydon, following another hat-trick from Shaun Welford and one from Stuart West. What on paper looked to be a tough challenge, proved to be quite the opposite and was one of the most one-sided […]

9/4/17 Cray Valley Paper Mills Won 2-1

Ashford United laid the ghost of finals past as they lifted the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy for the first time thanks to a brace of goals from Shaun Welford, which guided the side to a 2-1 victory over Cray Valley Paper Mills on a baking hot day at Maidstone. The Nuts & Bolts were the […]

1/4/17 Crowborough Athletic Won 3-1

A brilliant Rory Hill hat-trick inspired Ashford United to a 3-1 win over Crowborough Athletic in a pulsating and entertaining clash, as the top two battled for supremacy in front of 459 spectators on a bright and sunny afternoon at the Homelands. The bumper attendance setting a new home league record for United and the […]

28/3/17 Sevenoaks Town Lost 0-3 (agg 1-4)

Ashford United lost the chance for a piece of silverware when an under strength side slipped to a 0-3 defeat to Sevenoaks Town in the semi-final of the Macron Southern Counties East League Challenge Trophy at the Homelands. With the tie evenly poised after a 1st leg 1-1 draw, home fans were disappointed on reading […]

25/3/17 Sevenoaks Town Lost 0-4

League leaders Ashford United’s title chances suffered another big blow when they slumped to a 0-4 defeat at the hands of third placed Sevenoaks Town, who are now very much back in the title race as United and Crowborough continue to falter. United – in a horror start to the important top of the table […]

21/3/17 Hollands & Blair Won 3-1

Ashford United returned to the top of the Southern Counties East table as they cruised to a 3-1 victory to complete the league double over Hollands & Blair at Homelands. The win made even more the sweeter on hearing the news that Croydon had surprisingly returned from East Sussex with a 1-0 success at Crowborough […]

18/3/17 AFC Croydon Athletic Drew 3-3

Ashford United came from behind three times to gain a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to AFC Croydon Athletic as the two sides ended all-square for the second time this season. Having slipped to defeat last week at Bearsted, the result was another big blow to their Isthmian League aspirations which are […]

11/3/17 Bearsted Lost 0-1

Goalkeeper George Kamurasi and Stuart West both saw red as Bearsted with a surprise 1-0 win dealt a big blow to Ashford United’s title aspirations. Ashford went into the match on the back of a twelve match winning streak, but paid the price for their ill-discipline when former player Andy Irvine netted the decisive winner […]

7/3/17 Erith Town Won 4-1

Four goals in 23 minutes, including two in the space of 78 seconds immediately after half-time, helped Ashford United to victory over Erith Town to keep the side top of the table. The goals in the 4-1 win were the highlight of the evening, which again came at a cost after Frazer Walker was sent […]

4/3/17 Lordswood Won 4-0

Ben Davisson scored twice as promotion chasing Ashford United extended their winning run to 11 matches with a comfortable 4-0 victory over struggling Lordswood at the Homelands. The result was another blow to the Lords survival hopes as United easily completed the double over them with an aggregate score of 11-0 over the two matches […]

26/2/17 Cray Valley Paper Mills Won 5-2

An eventful Sunday afternoon at Eltham involving seven goals, three penalties, two dismissals and a 23 minute hat-trick by Shaun Welford saw Ashford United extend their winning run to ten matches, after returning home victorious over Cray Valley Paper Mills for the second time in five days. Having progressed to the semi-final of the league […]

18/2/17 Tunbridge Wells Won 2-0

Top of the table Ashford United eased to victory over struggling Tunbridge Wells with two second-half goals in the space of four minutes at the Homelands. Jason Goodchild opened the scoring in the 54th minute finishing well after a neat one-two with Adrian Stone. Danny Lye’s title challengers then doubled the lead four minutes later, […]

11/2/17 Canterbury City Won 3-0

As expected Ashford United progressed to the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Final, after substitute Adrian Stone banged in a nine minute hat-trick, in the battle of landlords and tenants at the Homelands, as the hosts finally made their superiority count. Rolling back the years, the late treble from the 34-year old veteran striker ended the […]

28/1/17 Beckenham Town Won 4-1

Ashford United once again top the Southern Counties East table, after two goals apiece from Jason Goodchild & Shaun Welford, helped the side secure a 4-1 victory over struggling Beckenham Town at the Homelands. With the days leaders Crowborough Athletic involved in FA Vase action – and ultimately getting knocked out – Ashford seized the […]

17/1/17 Corinthian Won 4-1

Ashford made it four straight wins over Corinthian this season to continue their dominance in the fixture between the pair, having already beaten the visitors in the league & twice in cup encounters earlier in the season. The 4-1 win – the third such result for United in eight days – helps take the side […]

14/1/17 Deal Town Won 4-1

Ashford United in their first league match since the solitary goal defeat at Sheppey United on Boxing Day, ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at Deal Town, on a Sunny but cold day on the Kent coast. The win continued the dominance of Ashford in this fixture, having won nine matches out of 10 against the […]

6/12/16 Whitstable Town Won 4-2

Ashford United returned to the top of the Southern Counties East table for a fifth time this season, after an exciting and at times feisty encounter, saw them get the better of Whitstable Town by a margin of 4-2. On a misty murky evening Shaun Welford gave the hosts a 13th minute lead, firing home […]

26/11/16 Corinthian Won 4-1

Inspired by Ryan Palmer – who was back to his brilliant best – Ashford United romped to a 4-1 victory over Corinthian, to make comfortable progress to the quarter-finals of the Kent Reliance Kent Senior Trophy at the Homelands. The game was all over by the time Palmer’s superb 71st minute strike, added to the […]

12/11/16 Eastbourne Town Lost 1-2

Ashford’s entry into the Buildbase FA Vase for season 2016-17 saw them travel to Eastbourne Town at the Second Round stage, having been exempt thus far due to success over the past few seasons. However after going down by the odd goal in three, their participation in the competition this year was short and sweet […]

5/11/16 Croydon Won 3-2

Rory Hill crashed home a 95th minute winner, as league leaders Ashford United came from behind to defeat Croydon 3-2 in a thrilling and controversial encounter at the Homelands, which saw United Manager Danny Lye ejected from the dug out shortly after the Trams took the lead. United then went further behind when a counter […]

1/11/16 Sevenoaks Town Won 3-2

A hat-trick from Rory Hill helped Ashford back to the top of the Southern Counties East table, after riding their luck to record a 3-2 victory over Sevenoaks Town on a bizarre evening of football at the Homelands. Ashford second best for most of the evening, were most grateful to Hill whose spectacular hat-trick put […]

29/10/16 Crowborough Athletic Lost 0-2

Two first-half goals were enough to end Ashford United’s 18 match unbeaten away league run, as in-form Crowborough Athletic ran out worthy winners in the top of the table Southern Counties East League clash in East Sussex. United were decidedly off colour on the day and could have little complaint with the result, being barely […]

15/10/16 Sutton Athletic Won 3-2

The last time Ashford visited Sutton Athletic, the sides battled out a dour goalless draw in the Kent Invicta League, back in February 2013 on a bitterly cold afternoon. This time around the events of the afternoon were quite the opposite, as United eventually came away with a 3-2 win in the first round of […]

8/10/16 Erith & Belvedere Won 2-1

Ashford United found a hero in Pat Kingwell, whose 76th minute diving header helped secure a narrow 2-1 victory over Erith & Belvedere, after both sides had been reduced to 10 men in the opening period. Ashford had the perfect start when Luke Eldridge opened his account after seven minutes, coolly rounding the keeper to […]

24/9/16 Hollands & Blair Won 3-0

Ashford United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at previously unbeaten Hollands & Blair, to maintain their 100% winning run, from the five league matches played away from the Homelands thus far this season. As expected it was a competitive contest against a side in a rich vein of form, but a first-half Rory Hill strike, […]

13/9/16 Bearsted Lost 0-1

Sam Flisher scored the only goal of the match, as the hosts succumbed to back-to-back home league defeats for the first time since November 2011. Bearsted included three former United players as Peter Williams, Andy Irvine and Keelan Mooney are all familiar faces at the Homelands, whilst Mikey Dalton lined-up for United against a former […]

10/9/16 Corinthian Won 3-2

Tom Michelson scored a last gasp winner in the sixth added minute, to give Ashford United the points in dramatic circumstances at Corinthian, which leaves the side in second place of the Southern Counties East table following the 3-2 victory. The winner coming after the side had been leading 2-1, before being reduced to 10 […]

29/8/16 Sheppey United Lost 1-2

It was bank holiday blues for Ashford United at home to Sheppey United, with the visitors striking in stoppage time to bag the points with a 2-1 win, as the hosts had their colours lowered for the first time this season. It was a disappointing below par performance from the Nuts & Bolts, who were […]

20/8/16 Three Bridges Won 1-0

The predatory instincts of Shaun Welford helped Ashford to a 1-0 victory in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round at home to Three Bridges, as United reached the first qualifying round for the first time. Last seasons 37-goal top scorer struck early in the second-half, giving the Nuts & Bolts a deserved win over Isthmian […]

16/8/16 Canterbury City Won 1-0

One goal was enough to see Ashford United maintain their winning start to the season, Rory Hill’s second-half strike giving the hosts bragging rights over tenants Canterbury City in the opening midweek match of the league campaign. City looked a decent outfit and could easily have had a share of the points, had it not […]

6/8/16 Corinthian Won 2-0

Two stunning second-half strikes guided Ashford United to victory over league rivals Corinthian, on a warm and sunny opening day 2-0 home victory, in the extra-preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup. As in previous matches between the two closely matched Southern Counties East League rivals, Corinthian once again proved tough opponents to breakdown. The […]

United hit for 5 at Winch’s Field

Ashford United were hit for 5 on Saturday afternoon by Ryman South side Herne Bay F.C. United gave a very good account of themselves throughout the 90 minutes and to say the scoreline didn’t reflect the game would be an understatement. United were knocked back early on after the referee awarded Bay a penalty which […]

Maidstone United 19/7/16 Drew 2-2

Full time result:- Ashford United 2-2 Maidstone United Attendance 338 – (Rory Hill 17, Shaun Welford 19) Man of the match – George Kamurasi In what continued to be Barcelona-esque heat yesterday evening, we welcomed fellow M20 residents Maidstone United to Homelands, who bought a strong following along with them. There was no messing about […]

Greenwich Borough 23/4/16 Lost 0-2

Ashford United’s final match of the season ended with a sixth league defeat, as champions Greenwich Borough secured a 2-0 win, the visitors though could have scored many more had the woodwork not come to the aid of the home side on three occasions. A goal in the first minute of added time at the […]

Holmesdale 16/4/16 Won 3-2

A stunning free-kick a minute from time by Tasar Hassan helped maintain Ashford United’s 100% winning record against Holmesdale , with the Nuts & Bolts having now triumphed on all seven occasions that the two sides have met. However the already relegated home side – with only four wins all season – put up a […]

Sheppey United 10/4/16 Drew 0-0 (Lost 6-7 on penalties)

There was Kent Senior Trophy final heartbreak for Ashford United for the second time in three seasons, when the side were beaten 6-7 on penalties, following a 0-0 draw with Sheppey United at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone. 20 years ago Ashford Town lifted the Kent Senior Cup with a 3-0 victory over Charlton Athletic, but […]

Cray Valley Paper Mills 2/4/16 Won 1-0

It is a game that won’t linger too long in the memory, but a solitary penalty against Cray Valley Paper Mills, proved enough to extend Ashford United’s winning streak to six league matches United buoyed by the Easter Monday win over Hollands & Blair entered the match in fine form, with the only blip in […]

Hollands & Blair 28/3/16 Won 2-0

Ashford United completed the double over title challengers Hollands & Blair thanks to another brace from Shaun Welford, as the Nuts & Bolts continued their fine run of form, at a bright but windswept Homelands on Easter Monday. Storm Katie had caused havoc throughout the South East in the past 24 hours, which had brought […]

Erith Town 26/3/16 Won 2-0

Ashford United enjoyed a good Easter Saturday on the road by recording a 2-0 victory at Erith Town, with both goals coming from Shaun Welford, who has now found the net in seven successive league matches. In a lively end to end opening, George Kamurasi was swiftly called into action in the opening minute to […]

Erith & Belvedere 22/3/16 Won 4-2

A double from Shaun Welford, who reached 30 goals for the season, helped Ashford United to a 4-2 victory over Erith & Belvedere, in the final midweek league match of the season at the Homelands. Despite only one league win on the road this campaign, the Deres provided stiff opposition and scored the opening goal […]

Croydon 19/3/16 Won 2-0

Ashford United had to work hard for the points against a battling Croydon side, but in the end ran out 2-0 winners on another cold Saturday at the Homelands. The result it seems was a popular one, as five of the eight matches played in the Southern Counties East league ended in the same score. […]

Corinthian 12/3/16 Won 2-1

Ashford United bounced back from the surprise home midweek defeat to AFC Croydon Athletic, to record a hard fought 2-1 victory at Corinthian to keep them in third place, for the time being in the Southern Counties East League. Manager Danny Lye clearly annoyed at the midweek loss, returned to the side to add a […]

AFC Croydon Athletic 8/3/16 Lost 3-4

Ashford United had their colours lowered in the Southern Counties East League for the first time since the 3rd October, after letting slip a two goal half-time lead in a seven goal thriller at the Homelands. Visitors AFC Croydon Athletic could hardly believe their luck, after an error strewn second-half by the Nuts & Bolts […]

Tunbridge Wells 1/3/16 Won 2-1

Strikers Jon Pilbeam and Shaun Welford scored twice in four minutes midway through the second-half, to help Ashford United to three more vital league points, in the midweek clash at the Homelands versus Tunbridge Wells. Substitute Joe Nwoko halved the deficit for the Wells seven minutes from time, but the two earlier strikes proved enough […]

Corinthian 27/2/16 Drew 1-1 (Ashford win 4-2 on penalties)

Ashford United have a habit of leaving it late this season in cup football and did so once again, when Paul Booth popped up in injury time to equalise for the hosts in the semi-final of the Kent Reliance Kent Senior Trophy. It took the 39-year old to 25 goals for the season, but more […]

Salisbury 20/2/16 Lost 0-3

Ashford United’s wonderful FA Vase adventure came to an end when Steve Claridge’s Salisbury side went through by 3-0, in the quarter-final tie on a wet day in Old Sarum, in front of an attendance of 1791. Runaway leaders and champions elect of the Wessex League, the Wiltshire side are looking for a swift return […]

Rochester United 16/2/16 Won 4-0

Ashford United warmed up for the forthcoming FA Vase quarter-final trip to Salisbury, by completing the league double over Rochester United, on a biting cold evening at the Homelands. A crowd of 155 hardy souls saw Paul Booth convert a late first-half penalty, before doubling the lead in the 74th minute, after which fine strikes […]

Beckenham Town 13/2/16 Won 6-1

Ashford United ran riot at the Homelands to totally blitz Beckenham Town by a margin of 6-1, in what was brilliant all-round display of attacking football, to extend the unbeaten league run to 10 matches. United still harbour outside hopes of promotion, but it was the first league outing for the Nuts & Bolts due […]

Dunston UTS 2 – Ashford United 3

From Ashford United’s Milton Keynes Correspondent Read all reports from MKC HERE   Having endured the whole of December and the whole of January without going to a football match – due to weather and cup postponements that have put paid to a number of away fixtures within my normal travel radius – there was […]

Dunston UTS 30/1/16 Drew 1-1

It is probably the result neither side wanted, but it is back to North East next Saturday to replay the last 16, FA Vase 5th round clash between Ashford United & Dunston UTS. On a bright sunny afternoon at the Homelands it ended all-square at 1-1, after chances aplenty following 120 minutes of pulsating action […]

Ashford progress in entertaining Senior Trophy clash

Ashford United ensured it was the landlords who progressed to the last four of the Kent Reliance Kent Senior Trophy, following their 3-2 victory over tenants Canterbury City at the Homelands. City though more than played their part in an entertaining match in front of a crowd of 158, which was exactly the same number […]

Canterbury City 26/12/15 Won 2-0

Ashford United continue to hold sway over Canterbury City, thanks to a goal in each half which saw them complete the league double over their Homelands tenants, with a repeat of the 2-0 score over them earlier in the season. The Boxing Day victory thereby making it five wins and a draw for the Nuts […]

Crowborough Athletic 19/12/15 Drew 1-1

This clash between Crowborough Athletic and Ashford United may have ended all square at 1-1, but this wasn’t just another routine Southern Counties East drawn match to consign to the history books to be forgotten about. Indeed not, as it was a pulsating affair in the Sussex countryside full of blood-and-guts, entertainment, determination, high-drama and […]

Lordswood 12/12/15 Won 5-1

Ashford United made it dozen games unbeaten by defeating Southern Counties league rivals Lordswood 5-1, to ensure that their name is in the FA Vase fourth round for a third consecutive year. They did however have to come from being a goal down at half-time at a windy Martyn Grove, before running riot in the […]

Fisher 5/12/15 Won 2-1

Ashford United extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches courtesy of a hard fought narrow 2-1 win over Fisher, who paid the penalty by conceding two penalties, both comfortably converted by the in-form Paul Booth. It was though what might be classed as an ugly win, but in a match of very few on-target chances, […]

Steyning Town 21/11/15 Won 2-1

Ashford United responded in the best possible way to manager Danny Lye’s rallying call “to keep calm and carry on”, by defeating Steyning Town 2-1 at the Homelands, in the 2nd round of the FA Vase. Playing host to their Southern Combination Division Two visitors, they went ahead in the first-half through Paul Booth, before […]

E&B Vs Ashford

ERITH & BELVEDERE 2 ASHFORD UNITED 2 Southern Counties East Football League Saturday 14th November 2015 by John Pease. Last season Ashford came up to Park View Road and were thrashed 4-0. There were times, this afternoon, when one thought that history was about to repeat itself. However, for the second time in five days, […]

Crowborough Athletic 7/11/15 Won 6-1

Ashford United ended a turbulent week in the best possible way, by running riot and romping to a 6-1 victory over Crowborough Athletic, much to the delight of the 222 hardy souls that turned out on a blustery wet afternoon at the Homelands. They also produced the rare feat of six different players scoring, to […]

Sevenoaks Town 31/10/15 Drew 1-1

It was honours even at the Homelands as Ashford United made sure of a share of the points with Sevenoaks Town, thanks to a second half equaliser from substitute Michael Phillips. The visitors though proved stiffer opposition than a fortnight ago in the Kent Senior Trophy, taking the lead in 21st minute via a penalty, […]

Cray Valley Paper Mills 24/10/15 Won 5-0

Ashford enjoyed sweet revenge over Cray Valley Paper Mills by producing an outstanding all-round team display and romp emphatically to a 5-0 victory at Badgers Sports, Eltham in the Southern Counties East League. The Millers have been somewhat of a bogey side for Ashford, having completed the league double over them last season, before recording […]

Sevenoaks Town 17/10/15 Won 3-0

For the first time under Manager Danny Lye Ashford United recorded back to back victories, thanks to second-half goals from Sebastian Schoburgh, Shaun Welford and Ryan Palmer, which helped to comfortably dispose of Sevenoaks Town 3-0 in the 1st round of the Kent Reliance Kent Senior Trophy. It was an inspired performance following the enforced […]

Holmesdale 10/10/15 Won 2-1

Holmesdale must hate playing Ashford United, having been beaten on all six occasions that the two sides have met, United eventually coming out on top this time 2-1, thanks to second-half goals from Shaun Welford and Jack Healey, who cancelled out the lead which the visitors had held since the eighth minute. Whilst this match […]

Deal Town 29/9/15 Won 5-3

At the fourth attempt, the Nuts & Bolts finally got off to winning ways at the Homelands, courtesy of an entertaining 5-3 win over Deal Town, with the eight goal spectacular reminiscent of the attacking era witnessed during the 1990’s of the Ashford Town side under Manager Neil Cugley. Indeed 5-3 wins are hardly a […]

Corinthian 26/9/15 Drew 1-1

Ashford paid the price for failing to capitalise on a game which they dominated, by gifting visitors Corinthian a share of the points in the final minute, having bossed the game throughout. Striker Mark Axell could hardly believe his luck, when his miscued effort which barely had enough power to reach the back of the […]

Lordswood 22/9/15 Drew 1-1

Ashford United’s season is final underway at the Homelands and following a 1-2 loss at home to Erith Town on Saturday, they hoped for better in their first match under the floodlights against Lordswood, but in the end the sides earned a point each from a keenly contested 1-1 draw. In a fast paced match […]

AFC Croydon Athletic 22/8/15 Won 2-1

The new era under Danny Lye started with a hard fought 2-1 victory at AFC Croydon Athletic to at least banish some of the memories of the Emirates FA thumping at Cray Valley last Saturday, which ultimately led to the departure of Manager Paul Chambers. Events have moved at a pace since the immediate appointment […]

Phoenix Sports 21/4/15 Drew 0-0

An entertaining final home at the Homelands for season 2014-15 saw the top two, battle out a competitive 0-0 draw, as for the second midweek game running, United were kept at bay by an impressive display from a visiting goalkeeper. Last Tuesday had seen Richard Stroud of Sevenoaks Town perform well to deny Ashford victory, […]

Crowborough Athletic 18/4/15 Won 2-0

Ashford United consolidated second spot in the Southern Counties East League with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Crowborough Athletic, with both goals coming from prolific Stuart Zanone who took his tally to 45 for the season. The match was played in bright sunshine, but conditions weren’t that easy on the dry and bumpy playing surface, […]

Sevenoaks Town 14/4/15 Drew 0-0

After the euphoria of ending the unbeaten run of Phoenix Sports at the weekend, any outside hopes Ashford harboured of catching the runaway league leaders are almost certainly now over, after being held to a goalless draw by Sevenoaks Town on a frustrating night at the Homelands. No one could fault the effort and commitment […]

Phoenix Sports 11/4/15 Won 2-1

Ashford United showed great fighting spirit to pull off a spectacular 2-1 victory and end the unbeaten run of Southern Counties East leaders Phoenix Sports, despite going down to 10 men after 12 minutes and then conceding the opening goal early in the second-half. The hoodoo over Phoenix finally ended in injury time at the […]

Woodstock Sports 6/4/15 Won 4-0

Ashford United made light work of visiting Woodstock Sports, easing to a comfortable 4-0 victory, thanks to a dominant second half display, which was neatly bookended by a brace of goals at either end of the half. The visitors managed by former Ashford Town player Lee Hockey – who totalled 66 appearances for the Homelands […]

Lingfield 3/4/15 Won 2-1

There was plenty of late drama at the Homelands with Ashford fighting back from going a goal behind in the 81st minute, as goals from Tom Scorer and Gary Mickelborough saw them defeat Lingfield 2-1, despite being reduced to 10 men midway through the second-half. The visitors certainly do blow hot and cold and there […]

Erith Town 31/3/2015 Drew 1-1

Ashford United’s 13 match winning streak seems a long time ago now, after they could only muster a draw from their home encounter with bottom of the table Erith Town. It could however have been much worse, with the equaliser not coming until the 90th minute, when Pat Kingwell fired home from close range to […]

Cray Valley Paper Mills 28/3/15 Lost 0-1

Ashford United’s first of four home matches inside 10 days saw an end to their winning run, when Cray Valley Paper Mills completed the double over them at a windswept Homelands, with the only goal of the game coming midway through the second-half. Having won 13 on the trot since the 2-3 defeat to the […]

Corinthian 21/3/15 Won 3-2

Ashford United extended their winning run to a dozen matches, thanks to a brace for star striker Stuart Zanone and a well deserved goal from Gary Mickelborough, which proved enough to see off a spirited display from a young Corinthian side. The 3-2 victory by the Nuts & Bolts at a cool and breezy Fawkham […]

Erith & Belvedere 17/3/15

A goal worthy of winning any game saw Ashford to their 11th win on the bounce, when Liam Whiting struck with a sweetly timed volley five minutes from time to stun visitors Erith & Belvedere, in the vital top of the table match at the Homelands. The match had been hyped up as the battle […]

Tunbridge Wells 14/3/15 Won 4-2

Ashford United remain third in the Southern Counties East League after easing to a 4-2 victory over Tunbridge Wells, thus moving six points clear of a side that they have now beaten six times in a row over the past two seasons. First half headers from Adam Cuthbert and Pat Kingwell gave United a 2-0 […]

Beckenham Town 7/3/15 Won 2-1

It was hard fought three points that saw Ashford United extend their winning run in the Southern Counties East League to nine matches, after a tough battle which eventually saw them just about outwit Beckenham Town by a margin of 2-1 at the Homelands. The hosts reached the interval looking fairly comfortable after leading 2-0, […]

Corinthian 10/2/15 Won 3-1

Ashford United extended their winning streak in the league to seven matches thanks to three goals in the opening 23 minutes, which pretty much ended the match as contest. The victory thereby lifting them to third position in the table and go above opponents Corinthian, who had occupied the spot at kick-off. Visitors Corinthian started […]

Greenwich Borough 7/2/15 Won 4-1

Ashford United scored four well taken goals to secure the points over Greenwich Borough, but it was a hard worked victory and a one that they had to soak up the majority of the pressure throughout the 90 minutes. Make no mistake about Ashford deserved to win against big spending Boro to leap frog above […]

Croydon 31/1/15 Won 4-0

Ashford proved far too strong for Croydon in the Southern Counties East League and had it not been for a number of fine saves from visiting goalkeeper Francis Ameyaw, the 4-0 victory margin could have been much greater. Goal poacher extraordinaire Stuart Zanone opened the scoring in the 13th minute, stabbing the ball home after […]

Holmesdale 24/1/15 Won 4-3

24th January 2014 will live long in the memory, perhaps most notably for the shocks in the FA Cup, but it was also the day that Ashford United inspired by Darren Marsden, staged a dramatic late comeback to win a seven goal thriller at Homesdale, after being 3-1 down with just six minutes of the […]

Norwich United 20/1/15 Lost 0-5

The FA Vase dream was well and truly extinguished as Ashford United suffered their biggest defeat so far, after being swept away by a clinical Norwich United side who romped to a 5-0 victory, to comfortaby progress to the 5th round the competition. It therefore was not the result that Manager Paul Chambers would have […]

Canterbury City 27/12/14 Won 5-0

An impressive Ashford served up a Christmas cracker hitting five without reply in the Southern Counties East League 5-0 victory over their tenants Canterbury City, thanks mainly to a four-goal salvo from ace goal getter Stuart Zanone. The striker who has now bagged 23 goals in 18 appearances since joining the Nuts & Bolts – […]

Deal Town 20/12/14 Won 3-0

A brace from Stuart Zanone and a strike by Andy Irvine, helped Ashford United to three valuable league points over basement side Deal Town at the Homelands. The visitors though put up a brave fight, but the clinical finishing in the end by the home side, proved the gulf in class between the two East […]

Littlehampton Town 9/12/14 Won 2-1

Ashford United fought back from conceding first, with goals from Gary Mickelborough and Stuart Zanone, to progress to the last 32 of FA Carlsberg Vase, beating Littlehampton Town 2-1 in the re-played third round tie. The match was a good advert for cup football, played at a fast pace, despite a gusty wind and squally […]

Littlehampton Town 6/12/14 Drew 3-3

Ashford United snatched a dramatic equaliser in final minute of extra time, to force a replay from their FA Carlsberg Vase trip to Littlehampton Town. It was an afternoon of highs and lows for the Nuts & Bolts who had taken a two goal lead in the six goal thriller, only to see the Marigolds […]

Hassocks 25/11/14 Won 7-0

Ashford United opened their FA Carlsberg Vase campaign in emphatic style, romping to a record 7-0 victory at Hassocks much to the delight of Manager Paul Chambers. Having been exempt up to the 2nd round stage, courtesy of reaching the 4th round last term, they took little time in settling into the re-arranged tie following […]

AUFC v Rochester United

ASHFORD UNITED 4 ROCHESTER UNITED 3 Southern Counties East League Saturday 15th November 2014 by John Pease. Ashford broke their long winless streak at Homelands this afternoon but it wasn’t easy and, at times, it was far from impressive. The home line-up included new boys Lee Pleau from Hythe and Darren Marsden from Faversham plus […]

Cray Valley 8/11/14 Lost 2-3

Just when it looked as if Ashford United would collect another hard earned point, a goal deep into stoppage time sealed a 3-2 victory for hosts Cray Valley in a fluctuating five goal encounter at a wet and windy Eltham. After a delayed 15 minute start due to traffic problems in the vicinity, it was […]

Deal Town 1/11/14 Lost 2-3

The script was written, that hosts Ashford United would comfortably defeat bottom placed Deal Town in the 1st Round of the Southern Counties League Challenge Cup. But football can be a funny old game and clearly the visitors hadn’t read the script, to fight back from conceding two goals in the opening 16 minutes and […]

Beckenham Town v Ashford United FC

BECKENHAM TOWN 1 ASHFORD UNITED 1 Southern Counties East League Saturday 25th October 2014 by John Pease. Ashford chalked up yet another draw to fall further behind the league leaders but, it must be said, unlike other drawn games this was one they did well not to lose. After events last season I’m sure that […]

Crowborough 18/10/14

Crowborough Athletic 2 Ashford United 2Southern Counties East Football League Saturday, 18th October 2014 This was a very entertaining game with chances created at both ends but, in the overall scheme of things, Ashford must view this as another two points dropped. The early exchanges belonged to the home side, with the lively Crowborough strikers causing the visiting defence to dig deep […]

Lordswood 23/9/14 Drew 0-0

Second in the table Ashford United extended their unbeaten start to the Southern Counties East League to 11 matches, but will see it as more home points dropped after the goalless draw with Lordswood saw them held to just a point for the third time this campaign. Throughout the 90 minutes neither side showed enough […]

Tunbridge Wells 6/9/14 Won 2-0

After two home draws and an unlucky exit in the FA Cup, Ashford United returned to winning ways at Tunbridge Wells as they eased to a 2-0 victory, continuing to hold sway in fixtures versus their rivals, in front of a bumper attendance of 421 at the Culverden Stadium. The deserved win was achieved, thanks […]

Chipstead 30/8/14 Lost 0-1

Ashford United, were unfortunate to bow out of the FA Cup at home to Chipstead, with the only goal in the preliminary round tie coming from the penalty spot. On top of which, they found the back of the net, only to see the officials somehow over-rule the goal, as they battled gamely to force […]

Canterbury City 25/8/14 Drew 1-1

Ashford United will be grateful to have collected a point from their landlords versus tenants clash, after a battle with Canterbury City played in atrocious conditions at the Homelands, on a miserable August Bank Holiday afternoon. That the game reached a conclusion, was down to Referee Adam Street, who along with the two sets of […]

Greenwich Borough 23/8/14 Drew 1-1

It was honours even as big spending Greenwich Borough rallied to earn a point, despite being reduced to ten men with 20 minutes of the match remaining, as Ashford United were held to a 1-1 draw at the Homelands. Borough who enjoyed the luxury of a pre-season trip to Cyprus are looking to buy their […]

Guildford City 16/8/14 Won 2-0

Two early second-half strikes from Keiran Byrne saw Ashford United return victorious from Surrey after defeating Combined Counties League side Guildford City 2-0 in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round. It is some 41 years since the two former Southern League rivals last met, Ashford Town having come out on top 1-0 on that occasion […]

Fisher 9/8/2014 Won 6-1

Ashford United romped to a thumping opening day league victory, beating Fisher 6-1 at The Homelands thanks to a first ever Ashford hat-trick by skipper Gary Clarke, the tally being completed by Tom Scorer, debutant James Everitt and Adam Cuthbert. There were chances aplenty in the first half, the tone being set as early as […]

Ashford v Ramsgate- Team

Mant Scorer Leonards Clarke L. Cuthbert L. Walsh Whisker A. Cuthbert Jackson Mooney Mickelborough Subs used Stow, Harris and Blackman

Phoenix Sports 26/4/14 Lost 0-2

Southern Counties East League runners-up side Ashford United’s hopes of a winning end to a superb 2013-14 were dashed, when bogey side Phoenix Sports struck twice in 90 seconds during the second-half, to mute the end of season Homelands celebrations. The defeat, was the first time since season 2006-07 that the club had been beaten […]

Tunbridge Wells 19/4/14 Won 1-0

Ashford United bounced back after a disappointing week, to record a 1-0 victory over Tunbridge Wells, which guarantees the side a minimum of runners-up in the Southern Counties East League, a superb achievement in this, their first season in the league. James Dryden’s close range second-half header, the only goal of the contest, sealed the […]

Erith Town 15/4/14 Lost 0-2

Ashford United’s outside hopes of lifting the Southern Counties League title were all but extinguished when former player Aaron Firth, returned to haunt them, by scoring a brace as Erith Town secured the points from their trip to the Homelands with a 2-0 victory. Ashford must be sick of the sight of the North Kent […]

Beckenham Town 13/4/14 Lost 0-4

On a day which Ashford chose to serve up their worse performance so far in this wonderful season, it will sadly be the events which took place after the final whistle that will grab the headlines, following Beckenham Town’s 4-0 victory over them in the final of the Spire Alexandra Hospitals Kent Senior Trophy at […]

Beckenham Town 8/4/14 Won 3-0

A first goal in Ashford colours by Ronnie Dolan, set the team en route to a 3-0 win over Beckenham Town at the Homelands in the dress rehearsal for Sunday’s Kent Senior Trophy Final. But with Becks being reduced to nine men during the second half, it is difficult to gauge as to what might […]

Erith Town 5/4/14 Drew 1-1

It was a bridge too far for Ashford, as their fourth match in eight days, ended all square at 1-1 at Erith Town, though the clash which featured three penalties was shrouded in controversy. Centre-back Pat Kingwell was bizarrely dismissed on the stroke of half-time, as Ashford collected their 10th red card since the turn […]

Canterbury City 31/3/14 Won 2-0

Ashford United’s G-Force struck for the second time in March to help them complete the double over Canterbury City by 2-0. Having accounted for Greenwich Borough on the 15th, the same combination of the two Gary’s, Mickelborough & Clarke, struck again as Ashford disposed of a gallant Canterbury City side, to go above Tunbridge Wells […]

Whyteleafe 29/3/14 Won 2-1

Ashford United made light of their heavy schedule of matches with a deserved 2-1 victory over champions elect Whyteleafe, as the Surrey side had their colours lowered for only the second time this season, in front of a healthy 289 attendance at the Homelands. Sam Conlon put the hosts in front after 11 minutes, before […]

Fisher 24/3/14 Drew 2-2

Ashford United assistant manager John Ovard refused to blame tiredness after slipping up in the Southern Counties East Football League title race with ten games to go. Paul Chambers’ side – playing their fifth game in ten gruelling days – missed a third minute penalty; threw away a 2-0 lead; before conceding an injury time […]

Tunbridge Wells 22/3/14 Won 3-2

Thanks to a brace from Gary Mickelborough and a Pat Kingwell penalty, Ashford United, with a remarkable turnaround, edged home by 3-2 in the much anticipated battle for second spot, in the Southern Counties East table, following their visit to Tunbridge Wells. For their fourth match in eight days, Ashford had travelled to the Culverden […]

Lordswood 20/3/14 Won 3-1

Ashford travelled to a much changed Lordswood side under new management, with former manager Jason Lillis re-appointed, following the sudden departure of Simon Halsey the previous weekend. Lillis has acted swiftly since taking charge once more, with several former players re-signing amongst an influx of no less than nine new players in total. Halsey had […]

Cray Valley 18/3/14 Drew 1-1

With Tunbridge Wells Manager Martin Larkin looking on, Ashford United paid the price for missing a plethora of chances, on a night when their shooting radar was clearly out of sorts. In the end, they had to settle for just a point when the clash with Cray Valley Paper Mills ended all square in a […]

Greenwich Borough 15/3/14 Won 2-0

The first of a busy schedule of seven matches in 15 days saw Ashford return to winning ways, courtesy of a goal in each half from the two Gary’s, Mickelborough & Clarke, which ensured a 2-0 victory over Greenwich Borough, a result which never ever looked in doubt from the outset. Showing they were keen […]

Phoenix Sports 11/3/14 Lost 3-4

Ashford suffered late heartbreak, when a goal of stunning quality gave all three league points to Phoenix Sports, who edged through in a seven goal thriller in the 92nd minute at Barnehurst on Tuesday evening. Having taken an early lead via a fortunate own goal, Ashford pulled level twice, before Andy Constable stole the show […]

Beckenham Town 8/3/14 Lost 2-4

Ashford’s first trip to Beckenham since the Town side enjoyed an 3-1 FA Cup victory in September 1983, saw their promotion credentials dented when they returned from Eden Park Avenue with nothing to show after the home side romped to a 4-2 victory. There was little action of note in an even first 20 minutes, […]

Hollands & Blair 1/3/14 Won 1-0

An impressive display in their 17th cup match of the season by Ashford helped them progress to the final of the Spire Alexandra Hospitals Kent Senior Trophy, after a semi-final win in Gillingham which continued the fine season. An early first half Gary Clarke goal being enough to see them victorious and overcome Hollands & […]

Phoenix Sports 22/2/2014 Drew 1-1 (won on pens 3-2)

Ashford United for the second time this season progressed in the Spire Alexandra Hospitals Kent Senior Trophy, thanks to goalkeeper Joe Mant who saved two spot kicks in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, having performed the same heroic feat in the 1st round at home to Erith Town back in October. The saving of the two […]

Deal Town 18/2/2014 Won 4-1

Boosted by the arrival on the night of Hythe Town duo Dave Cook and Pat Kingwell, Ashford with a classy display defeated Deal 4-1, to maintain their lead at the head of the Southern Counties East table. The gallant home side though played their part in an entertaining encounter, but the in end, it was […]

Hanwell Town 13/2/2014 Lost 1-2

Ashford United can count themselves unlucky to bow out of the FA Vase, following a 1-2 defeat at home to Hanwell Town, as the sides went head to head in the six times postponed fourth round tie. Much praise though should go to the efforts of Steve Hackett and several volunteer forkers who had manage […]

Erith Town 21/1/2014 Drew 4-4

On a night that had more twists than Chubby Checker, an eight goal thriller in Eltham saw gallant Ashford United bow out of the Macron Southern Counties Challenge Cup, this despite being reduced to nine men after Adam Cuthbert and Liam Whiting were dismissed. In a topsy-turvy affair, that kept the spectators enthralled for two […]

Holmesdale 11/1/2014 Won 2-0

Ashford remain at the head of the Southern Counties East table, the 2-0 score line in reality though not reflecting their dominance, as it was pretty much one way traffic throughout. And had it not been for some brave defending by the visitors and an outstanding display by goalkeeper Alex Hyde, the victory margin would […]

Erith Town 7/1/14 Lost 0-1

It had to happen at some stage and so the long unbeaten run of 16 matches came to a halt after Erith Town with an early second half goal, secured a vital lead in the opening leg of the league cup second round contest at the Homelands. After the rain of biblical proportions had put […]

Woodstock Sports 14/12/13 Won 3-1

Table toppers Ashford United completed the double over Woodstock Sports, who battled gallantly despite being detached at the foot of the table, their effort though was a credit to them in light of the perilous position they find themselves in and Ashford had to work hard to earn the points. But in the end they […]

Cray Valley 10/12/13 Won 2-0

Ashford United, on a high after progress in the FA Carlsberg Vase, leapt to the top of the Southern Counties East League table when two first half goals from Adam Cuthbert and Sam Conlon, saw them return back home from a potentially difficult match versus Cray Valley Paper Mills with three more vital points in […]

Tring Athletic 7/12/13 Won 1-0

For the second round running, a solitary strike from ace marksman James Dryden helped Ashford United make further progress in the FA Carlsberg Vase, but they were made to fight all the way, after a gallant encounter with Tring Athletic at the Homelands. The game started in a good tempo and it is fair to […]

Sevenoaks Town 30/11/13 Won 2-1

The 2nd round of the Spire Alexandra Hospitals Kent Senior Trophy sees Ashford overcome a strong Sevenoaks side, thanks to a goal each from brothers Dan & Tom Scorer. Having been decidedly second best in the first 45 minutes, it was a great turnaround by United, who in the end could have won by much […]

Deal Town 26/11/13 Won 4-2

Another four goals, three points and a jump to 2nd place in the table was the reward for twice coming from behind in a six goal topsy-turvy encounter at home over Deal Town. United though were rocked by the late withdrawal through illness by Ben Jordan and clearly missing his influence in defence, they found […]

Rochester United 23/11/13 Won 2-0

Manager Paul Chambers shuffled the pack to include Michael Smissen, Jordan Miller and Keiran Byrne who all missed to the mid-week victory at Holmesdale as the three helped move Ashford to 3rd place in the table. Ashford started brightly in the pleasant winter sunshine, indeed the weather was positively Caribbean compared to the Artic blast […]

Holmesdale 19/11/13 Won 4-2

Having progressed in various cups in recent weeks Ashford United’s first league match since a 1-0 victory over Corinthians on 12 October saw them grab four goals for the eighth time this season. On what was a difficult bumpy playing surface, the match was played with a good tempo, but in the end it was […]

Littlehampton Town 16/11/13 Won 1-0

Ashford deservedly secured their passage through to the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase, as an eventful afternoon at the Homelands unfolded with a 90th minute winner from ace marksman James Dryden settling the tie, in the most dramatic of fashions. Having seen off Steyning Town and Cobham in the two qualifying rounds, followed […]

Tunbridge Wells 26/10/13 Won 4-0

Ashford took full advantage at the Homelands with a rampant display as they blitzed past Tunbridge Wells 4-0 in the First round 1st leg clash of the League Challenge Cup. The current Southern Counties East League leaders, 2012-13 FA Vase finalists and Kent Senior Trophy holders, just had no answers to the pace and movement […]

Greenwich Borough 19/10/13 Won 4-1

Ashford United outclassed fellow Southern Counties East League side Greenwich Borough by 4-1 to progress to the Second Round of the FA Vase. In an outstanding all round display, the team matched the score line which took them past Cobham in the Second Qualifying Round. It meant another fruitless journey to the Homelands for former […]

Corinthian12/10/13 Won 1-0

Michael Smissen produced a wonderful piece of individual skill, to net a late 87th minute winner for Ashford United, as they collected the points in a hard and close fought top six clash with Corinthian at the Homelands. With the game seemingly drifting to a goalless draw, the ball fell to Smissen when some 30 […]

Erith Town 5/10/13 Drew 2-2 (won on pens 3-1)

Ashford United won a thrilling penalty shoot out, finding a saviour in Joe Mant, as they progressed to the second round of the Kent Senior Trophy, the young goalkeeper saving two penalties when the first round tie with Erith Town went to spot kicks to decide the outcome. After been pegged back twice by the […]

Rochester United 24/9/13 Won 4-0

Ashford returned with the points after a bruising encounter at Rochester, courtesy of a second half hat-trick from substitute Michael Smissen, which proved all too much for the home side, who ended the night with only eight players remaining. In a scrappy first half, Ashford started the brighter of the two sides, with James Dryden […]

Cobham 21/9/13 Won 4-1

A healthy crowd just one shy of 200, witnessed in form Ashford United make sure there was no upset, after a brace of goals in either half took them to victory in the second round qualifying of the FA Vase over Cobham. The side created a plethora of chances over their visitors and with four […]

Greenwich Borough 14/9/13 Won 1-0

Ashford United made sure it was a disappointing return to the Homelands for former Ashford Town boss John Cumberbatch, after Jordan Miller’s 44th minute proved the difference between the two sides. It was however as comfortable 1-0 victory that you are ever likely to see, after one of Cumberbatch’s former selections Gary Clarke pulled all […]

Lordswood 10/9/13 Lost 1-2

Ashford United had their colours lowered for the first time since joining the Southern Counties East League, when Lordswood upset the early season form book to register a first win of the campaign and move out of the bottom three. Although it was a fine second half comeback by the Medway visitors, United were far […]

Steyning Town 7/9/13 Won 2-0

Having been downed by Peacehaven & Telscombe last week in the FA Cup, Ashford United this week returned successfully from Sussex, after an impressive display saw them defeat Steyning Town by a margin of 2-0 to progress to the second round qualifying of the FA Vase. Steyning, playing one level below Ashford at step six, […]

Peacehaven & Telscombe 31/8/13 Lost 0-4

Report courtesy of Michael Burnage (Peacehaven & Telscombe) On a day when the sun shone so did Peacehaven, in particularly striker Trevor McCreadie. In the end a comfortable win saw Haven cruise through to the next round of the FA Cup, setting up a glamour tie against near neighbours Lewes. It was easy to see […]

Canterbury City 26/8/13 Won 4-1

Ashford maintained their winning start to the league season, courtesy of a superb display on the North Kent Coast to comfortably beat old rivals Canterbury City 4-1, in the first league encounter between the pair since April 1994. It was however City who found Ashford not fully awake in just the third minute of the […]

Fisher 24/8/13 Won 4-1

Early goals set Ashford en route to a third consecutive victory in the Southern Counties East League and maintained the impressive start to the season. There was much entertainment for the drenched crowd at Homelands, with both sets of teams serving up a treat. The torrential rain that had fallen in the previous 12 hours […]

Worthing United 21/8/13 Won 1-0

Ashford United battled heroically to progress through to the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup after Wesley Foord with his first goal in United colours grabbed the only goal of the replayed Extra-Preliminary tie at Worthing. It was nothing more than Ashford deserved from a difficult evening and with eight players unavailable for the trip, […]

Worthing United 17/8/13 Drew 0-0

Despite the score line, there was plenty of incident and action, although Worthing missed a golden chance to go through after a late penalty was saved by Joe Mant. The save capped a brilliant display in goal by the highly rated Mant, he was easily the man of the match and reflects just how many […]

Woodstock Sports 14/8/13 Won 3-2

On their first away trip in the Southern Counties East League, Ashford United showed great resilience to twice come from behind and defeat Woodstock Sports 3-2, with all the goals coming in the first half. It was however a calamitous start for United on the bone dry and bumpy playing surface, with possibly the fastest […]

Sevenoaks Town 10/08/13 Won 4-2

A second half fight back almost saw the visitors grab a share of the spoils until a late winner in stoppage time secured the points for United. Sevenoaks looked set to grab the first goal when on 12 minutes Liam Whiting with a last ditch tackle prevented Nick Chrysanthou, who with an open goal at […]