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Corinthian 12/3/16 Won 2-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 12th March 2016

Resolute United bounce back to record hard fought 2-1 victory at Corinthian

Match Stats

Date: Sat 12 Mar 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Gay Dawn Farm, Valley Road, Fawkham

Score (FT): 2-1

Score (HT): 2-1

Referee: Jair Guzman

Assistants: Mike Ingram & Tim Amans


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert
Charlie Dickens
Mikey Dalton
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer (off 70)
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford
Paul Booth (off 65)
Tasar Hassan

Substitutes (used *)
Luke Cuthbert
Chris Saunders
Tom Fagg * (on 65)
George Savage
Josh Woolley * (on 70)

Dan Bygrave (off 46)
Jordan Campbell
Josh Gilbert
Ryan Croucher (off 70)
Marcus Evans
Ryan Sawyer
Conor Johnson
Joe Minter
Luke Tanner
Josh James (off 65)
Michael Hagan

Substitutes (used *)
Jack Billings * (on 46)
Harvey McMorrow * (on 65)
Jamie Billings * (on 70)

Attendance: 88

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 bit more bite, replacing Jack Healey who has joined Isthmian League South basement side Whitstable Town, as Scott Porter looks to perform a miracle and keep the Oystermen up.

United though are now unlikely to swap places with Whitstable as the league will be deducting 10 points on Monday, which will scupper any hopes the side had for promotion anyway.

Not surprisingly the match was a competitive evenly matched contest between the two sides lying third and fourth respectively in the table.

Indeed there has been nothing between the pair thus far this campaign , having shared the points in a 1-1 league draw earlier in the season, whilst Ashford prevailed on penalties at the Homelands in the Kent Senior Trophy Semi-Final last month.

Buoyed by a 6-1 midweek demolition of Deal Town, the hosts started on the front foot, Ryan Croucher firing over the crossbar, before George Kamurasi dived low to thwart Michael Hagan.

On a bright and mild afternoon, the only thing to spoil the flow of the match was referee Jair Guzman who thought fit to book eight players, with the exception of Luke Tanner, all others were from Ashford, even though there was barely a bad challenge throughout the afternoon.

The tone being set by the man in black when Pat Kingwell was the first to be booked after 14 minutes, with Manager Lye being shown a yellow card nine minutes later.

Kamurasi then did well to save a deflected effort from Marcus Evans, before United went close when a lay off from Ryan Palmer teed up Ben Davisson who shot just a few inches wide of the left hand post.

A combination of Kingwell and Palmer almost produced an opening, with Palmer blasting over the crossbar after an initial shot from United’s number six had been blocked.

On 26 minutes though the Hoops opened the scoring when top scorer Hagan found space to finish well past the advancing Kamurasi.

The lead lasted just three minutes when Davisson delivered a perfect corner deep to the far post, which found Shaun Welford who rose well to nod home for his 27th goal of the season.

Ashford had further openings provided by Tasar Hassan who delivered a couple of neat crosses, one found Paul Booth, but he was unable to get enough power behind his header. Then Welford again timed his jump well, but this time the 36-year old headed narrowly over the crossbar, as United came close to taking the lead.

Ryan Palmer tested Dan Bygrave who gathered well, the home keeper though could do nothing about Palmer’s fantastic piece of skill which took United into the lead on 44 minutes.

Corinthian failed to clear their lines and when the ball dropped into the penalty area, the Nuts & Bolts number seven produced an exquisite skilful lob on the volley, to score one of the goals of this or any season.

The late first half goal was just the fillip the visitors needed and put them going into the break 2-1 in front.

Palmer’s 15th strike of the season in the end proved to be the winner as no further goals came in the second period, with fewer chances created as the game wore on. With Mr Guzman probably suffering an attack of writer’s cramp, by waving his yellow card numerous times, the cohesion of the game suffered.

Booth curled a free-kick just over the crossbar on 62 minutes, but it was one of few second-half opportunities with chances few and far between for the visitors, although the home side showed even less attacking threat.

United saw out the match quite comfortably to take the three points in another great display on the road.

Having lost just twice in the last 20 league matches, the performances have been quite remarkable considering all the on going off the field activities this season and much credit should go to the Manager.

Once the points are deducted on Monday the side will drop to fourth place below Lordswood, what a shame this is for the players and supporters to be hit with the deduction at this stage of the season.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall