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

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 23rd March 2016

Shaun Welford reaches 30 for the season as United record 4-2 victory

Match Stats

Date: Tue 22 Mar 2016

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 4-2

Score (HT): 2-1

Referee: Craig Burton

Assistants: Unknown


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Luke Cuthbert
Ben Davisson
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer (off 80)
Michael Phillips
Shaun Welford
Paul Booth
Tasar Hassan (off 62)

Substitutes (used *)
Josh Woolley * (on 62)
Adam Cuthbert
Danny Lye
Chris Saunders
Mikey Dalton * (on 80)

Sam L’Anson
Paul Springett
Sheriff Babatunde
Olumide Quadri
Charlie Holness
Nico James (off 46)
Denzel Gayle
Enoch Akosah
Harry Wilkins
James Pinnock
Ennis Fyffe * (off 63)

Substitutes (used *)
George Reed * (on 46)
Zak Henry
Nad Nwitua * (on 63)

Attendance: 127

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 through Denzel Gayle after 25 minutes.

Having enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, it came as no surprise when the Deres took the lead, although George Kamurasi could do little to prevent the goal, after the ball took a wicked deflection off Michael Phillips

The visitors though made life hard for themselves when defender Paul Springett was dismissed for deliberate handball in the 33rd minute to deny Welford.

Welford initially fired in a shot which was blocked, but the referee blew straight away for a penalty and then a red card when long serving Springett flung out a hand to prevent a goal.

Paul Booth who had put two penalties past Sam L’Anson when Ashford beat Lordswood in the FA Vase in December was this time denied by the former Lords keeper, who dived low to his left to save well.

Despite Booth spurning the chance from the penalty spot, two quick fire goals late in the first-half, sent the hosts into the break 2-1 in the lead.

Charlie Dickens glanced a powerful header past L’Anson from a whipped in Philips corner-kick, which flew into the roof of net in the final minute of the half, for his third goal in four games.

Then almost immediately in the first minute of injury time, the head of Welford scored United’s second to completely change the mood going into the break.

Three minutes into the second-half, Welford headed narrowly wide after being picked out by Tasar Hassan, but after 52 minutes the gallant visitors drew through James Pinnock.

The riposte from Ashford was swift and less than 60 seconds later the lead was restored, when the lively Hassan teed up Paul Booth, who stooped low to head home from close range for his 26th goal of the season.

United were now playing some lovely football with neat moves and passes, Booth latched onto a delightful ball from Hassan, but the former fired against the crossbar.

The majority of the opportunities were being provided down the right-wing by Hassan, whilst George Savage with some good overlapping runs was also in the thick of the action.

Disappointingly though Hassan was substituted in the 62nd minute to be replaced by young Josh Woolley, thankfully Woolley provided a decent alternative on the left side of the field.

There were chances aplenty for both sides with the visitors going close through former Corinthian and Lordswood striker Nad Nwitua, with Ashford also thankful when the post came to the rescue with Kamurasi well beaten.

Generally though despite the odd nervy moment, the defence was again well patrolled by the ever reliable pairing of Luke Cuthbert and Pat Kingwell.

The game high in entertainment value was settled five minutes from time, when the outstanding Welford scored for the sixth consecutive league match to send the supporters back home in a happy mood.

Next up for United a trip to Erith Town on Easter Saturday, where they might perhaps line-up for a third time this season against Stuart Zanone who made his debut for the Dockers last weekend.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall