Quickfire early double lifts United to second

Match Report by Kevin Hall

Ashford United maintained their challenge for a play-off spot as they moved up to second place in the Isthmian South East League table, after securing a 2-1 win over Sevenoaks Town in front of 391 at a bright, sunny but cold Homelands.

The victory was secured thanks to a quickfire start which saw goals from Sam Corne & Trey Williams within nine minutes of the clash, as the Oaks slipped to their first defeat of 2019.

It was a match in which the hosts always looked in control of, however a second-half Oaks penalty gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, but ultimately proved little more than a nuisance to United who ran out worthy winners.

United raced out the blocks, with top scorer Corne grabbing his 15th goal of the season in the fifth minute, when he reacted quickest to a rebound back off goalkeeper Louie Catherall.

The lead was doubled just four minutes later, with this time Williams the gleeful recipient of some slack defending to fire home, after a lively burst down the left from Tom Carlse.

United continued to press forward, with the ever-dangerous Carlse almost catching out Catherall with a deep teasing cross, only to see the ball bounce out of play off the top of the crossbar.

United were totally dominant in midfield, with star player Corne once again excelling, with the visitors offering very little going forward until the half-hour mark when Sam Mott thwarted Frankie Sawyer on the edge of the penalty area.

Just before the end of the first 45 minutes Mott pulled off another good save, whilst Carlse fired wide from long range for the Nuts & Bolts.

In the opening minute of the second period Sawyer was prevented from scoring by a timely block by Toby Ajala, before United were denied a third goal by an offside flag from the assistant referee.

Still looking to add to the tally, Bode Anigugbe set up Danny Parish but Catherall was alert to task, before denying Williams who once again impressed and looks a fine acquisition to the side.

In the 62nd minute Oaks halved the deficit when referee Joe Stokes pointed to the spot, presumably for a push after Mott had comfortably gathered a harmless free-kick. To the crowd it seemed a strange one, with neither the visitors appealing or the hosts protesting about the awarding of the spot-kick.

Mott dived the right way but was unable to prevent former Hythe Town frontman Sawyer from finding the net, to give the Oaks hope of gaining something from a match in which they were clearly second best.

Williams then should have done better after beating the offside trap but was never able to control the ball as the opportunity went begging.

The remainder of the match passed by without further alarm for Ashford, despite over five minutes of injury time played when only three had been indicated.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall

Match Stats

  • Date: Saturday 2nd February 2019
  • Kick Off: 3:00pm
  • Match Type: Isthmian League South East
  • Venue: Homelands
  • Attendance: 391
  • Score (FT): 2-1
  • Score (HT): 2-0
  • Goalscorers (Ashford): Sam Corne (5) Trey Williams (9)
  • Referee: Joe Stokes
  • Assistants: Aaron Conn & Joseph Dann-Pye
  • Bookings:

    Ashford
    Yellow Cards: None

    Red Cards: None

    Sevenoaks Town
    Yellow Cards: None

    Red Cards: None
  • Teams:

    Ashford United

    Sam Mott
    Jerald Aboagye
    Tom Carlse
    Josh Wisson
    Afolabi Coker
    Mohamed Kamara
    Sam Corne
    Bode Anidugbe
    Danny Parish (off 88)
    Trey Williams (off 72)
    Toby Ajala

    Substitutes

    Clark Woodcock
    Stefan Cox * (on 88)
    Jay May * (on 72)
    Lea Dawson
    Lee Hook (gk)

    Sevenoaks Town

    Louie Catherall
    Fraser Walker
    Ryan Makhojini-Khayne
    Mikey Dalton
    Tom Ripley
    Josh Dorling
    Luke Holness (off 51)
    Alec Fiddes
    Tommy Whitnell
    Frankie Sawyer
    Ryan Fowler (off 59)

    Substitutes

    Kenny Pogue * (on 51)
    Ainsley Everett
    Osman Proni * (on 59)
    Jack Miles
    Daniel Cumber