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16/9/17 Hythe Town Lost 0-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 18th September 2017

United slip to defeat after conceding early penalty

Match Stats

Date: Sat 16 Sep 2017

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Reachfields

Score (FT): 0-1

Score (HT): 0-1

Goalscorers (Hythe Town): Ryan Johnson (4 pen)

Referee: Unknown

Assistants: Unknown


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Hythe Town:
Yellow Cards: Mitchell Dickenson (32), Mitchell Chapman (82)

Red Cards: None


Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Morgan Seaman
Brandon Williams
Jon Difford
Ollie Perkins (off 64)
Pat Kingwell
Connor Westney (off 69)
Ben Davisson
Max Watters (off 75)
Matt Day
Tyrell Richardson-Brown


Harry Lavender
Caleb Afoke
Clark Woodcock * (on 75)
Adam Phillips * (on 64)
Joe Bingham * (on 69)

Hythe Town

Will Godmon
Jerald Aboagye
Ben Wilson
Ryan Johnson
Mitchell Dickenson
Mitchell Chapman
Dave Cook
Jordan Johnson-Palmer
Dean Grant (off 75)
Jerson Dos Santos (off 90)
Ryan Palmer (off 68)


Ashley Miller * (on 68)
Kieron Campbell * (on 90)
Sid Sollis * (on 75)
Charlie Webster
Nick Shaw (gk)

Attendance: 351

Ashford succumbed to another single goal defeat at local rivals Hythe Town, when Ryan Johnson converted from the penalty spot in the fourth minute of a match which won’t live too long in the memory.

Hythe dominated throughout the 90 minutes, with the score only kept to one thanks to the heroics of George Kamurasi who was in top form, whilst Ashford managed only one shot on target throughout a scrappy 90 minutes.

What proved to be the only goal, coming after Kamurasi was adjudged to have impeded Cannons debutant Jerson Dos Santos, as the pair jumped for a ball on the edge of the box.

The hosts were always in the ascendancy with former Ashford favourite Ryan Palmer testing Kamurasi with a free-kick before Dean Grant fired just over the bar after a good run.

The Nuts & Bolts chances were sporadic, the best of which probably fell to Matt Day after 12 minutes but forced wide his lob went over the crossbar.

Palmer set up Mitchell Chapman who also cleared the bar, but then the Cannons missed an absolute sitter when leading appearance maker Dave Cook somehow contrived to miss an open goal with a header from barely two-yards out.

In the 52nd minute Ashford survived a scare when Mitchell Dickenson looked to have doubled the lead after nodding home a Ben Wilson cross, but the goal was over-ruled for offside.

Then Dos Santos – who signed for Hythe in the week from Corinthian Casuals – twisted and turned before screwing the ball wide of the post.

After 59 minutes, Will Godmon was forced to make a save after Ashford produced their best move of the match, as Day and Max Watters combined well to tee up Connor Westney, but the home keeper was alert to prevent an equaliser.

Kamurasi meanwhile at the other end was in inspired form to stick out an arm to deny Wilson from close range, before thwarting Jerald Aboagye. But the save of the match came when Dos Santos whipped in a curling free-kick only to see Kamurasi tip the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner-kick.

With only one goal in it, Ashford still had a chance but were guilty of all too often over hitting the ball whilst being wasteful in dead ball situations.

In the dying embers United almost stole an unlikely share of the spoils with a couple of rare sorties into the box as Ben Davisson went close, before Pat Kingwell curled a shot inches beyond the far post.

The result saw Hythe rise to 8th in the table, whilst United slip down to 21st but with a real six-pointer to look forward to at the Homelands on Saturday when Guernsey visit.

Along with Ashford, the Channel Islanders are also struggling and are two places below with a point less, but having played one game more, the match kicks off early at 1pm.