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Salisbury 20/2/16 Lost 0-3

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 21st February 2016

No disgrace as United bow out in FA Vase to Salisbury

Match Stats

Date: Sat 20 Feb 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: FA Vase

Venue: Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Partridge Way, Old Sarum

Score (FT): 0-3

Score (HT): 0-1

Referee: Dean Treleaven

Assistants: Gary Parsons, Paul Lister & Fourth Official Neil Morrison


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert (off 60)
Josh Woolley
Luke Cuthbert
Danny Lye (off 46)
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Michael Phillips
Shaun Welford
Paul Booth (off 46)
Jon Pilbeam

Substitutes (used *)
Tasar Hassan
Tom Fagg
Mikey Dalton *(on 46)
George Savage*(on 60)
Chris Saunders *(on 46)

Charlie Searle
George Colson
Eddie Perrett
Tom Whelan
Steve Walker
Callum Hart
Dan Demkiv (off 60)
Kane O’Keefe
Sam Wilson (off 74)
Danny Young
Taurean Roberts (off 71)

Substitutes (used *)
Ashley Jarvis *(on 74)
Sam Roberts *(on 71)
Claudio Herbert *(on 60)
Robbie Matthews
Jamie White

Attendance: 1791

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 to former glories, having folded as Salisbury City after finishing 12th in the Conference Premier in season 2013-14.

Ashford certainly weren’t at their best on the day, but it is by no means a disgrace to lose against a side that have already banged in 146 goals in 36 league and cup matches before kick-off.

Underdogs Ashford kept the hosts at bay until the first scoring opportunity after a hectic 15 minutes of play, when Taurean Roberts forced George Kamurasi to react well and dive to his right to save.

The former Crystal Palace Academy player was easily the star player on the day and gave Adam Cuthbert a torrid time, easing past him every time he had the ball at his feet.

Roberts again went close shortly afterwards, before Kamurasi hit a poor clearance straight at the feet of Sam Wilson, but the hosts top scorer who had a low key game spurned the opportunity to open the scoring.

Kamurasi then received treatment and although clearly still injured he soldiered on, but could do little to prevent the first goal after 27 minutes, from a quickly taken throw-in.

Eddie Perrett found Tom Whelan who fired a shot into the box which then rebounded back to Kane O’Keefe, who blasted home to give the hosts the lead.

The Whites went close again through chief tormentor Roberts whose shot deflected off Pat Kingwell, but an injured Kamurasi did well to save.

Ashford then had Josh Woolley to thank when he cleared off the line, from once again the ever dangerous Roberts, who collected the ball from a corner-kick before firing low towards the far post.

Ashford didn’t really get into their stride until late in the opening period, but then missed two gilt edged chances to draw level in the contest.

On 35 minutes Ryan Palmer eased his way forward to float a delightful cross which found the head of Paul Booth, but he somehow contrived to miss the target from inside the six-yard box.

Ashford were now enjoying their best spell of the first-half, Kingwell fired a speculative shot towards goal from fully 35-yards, but Havant Town loanee Charlie Searle gathered well.

Then in the 44th minute, Kingwell threaded a neat ball to Jon Pilbeam, who skipped past two defenders but screwed the ball wide of the target, much to the disbelief of the travelling fans.

The visitors paid the ultimate price for the missed chances when in the first added minute of stoppage time the lead was doubled.

Roberts capitalised on an error from Luke Cuthbert to combine with Wilson in a one-two, before Roberts found the right-hand corner of the net from 20-yards.

If the concession of a second goal just before the break wasn’t a hammer blow, then to see a third goal scored within 90 seconds of the start of the second-half was definitely a dagger to the heart for United.

Roberts found space to beat Adam Cuthbert and Michael Phillips, before crossing from the left to pick out O’Keefe who volleyed home for his second of the afternoon and seal the tie as a contest.

In fairness Ashford could at that point have folded, but they didn’t and enjoyed some good spells, with Palmer particularly performing well in front of the big crowd.

Luke Cuthbert did well to block Whelan and prevent a fourth goal after 54 minutes, before a minute later Palmer waltzed into the area before being thwarted by Callum Hart.

After 71 minutes Taurean Roberts was replaced by Sam Roberts and he was rightly applauded by both sets of fans for his outstanding display and despite tormenting Ashford, it was a joy to witness such class.

The game seemed to drift away after the departure of the chief destroyer and when the whistle blew Salisbury deservedly find their name in the hat for the semi-final draw.

Make no mistake about it, Salisbury are a quality side – with this their 15th consecutive victory- who will no doubt quickly climb the pyramid, promotion seems a certainty and this season could now well be capped by a trip to Wembley for them.

Ashford though can be proud of their FA Vase run as they now return to league action on Wednesday with a trip to Croydon, before hosting Corinthian at the Homelands next Saturday in the semi-final of the Kent Senior Trophy.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall