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24/2/18 Cray Wanderers Won 2-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 26th February 2018

Debutant double helps United to hard fought victory

Match Stats

Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018

Kick Off: 3:00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 2-1

Score (HT): 1-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Daniel Ajakaiye (6, 86)

Goalscorers (Cray Wanderers): Brandon Scott (56)

Referee: Simon Finnigan

Assistants: Zoltan Konkoly & Kane O'Beirne

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: Ola Williams (4), Dave Cook (81)

Red Cards: None

Cray Wanderers:
Yellow Cards: Aaron Rhule (43)

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Ola Williams (off 81)
George McLennan
Will Thomas
Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
Pat Kingwell
Jordan Johnson-Palmer
Dave Cook
Dean Grant
Sid Sollis (off 73)
Daniel Ajakaiye



Substitutes

Matt Day * (on 73)
Brandon Williams
Aaron Lee-Wharton
Clark Woodcock * (on 81)

Cray Wanderers

Nick Blue
Ben Mundele
Barney Williams
Jay Leader
Mitchell Nelson
Zak Henry
Dean Carpenter
Michael Frieter (off 83)
Charlie MacDonald (off 76)
Aaron Rhule (off 76)
Brandon Scott



Substitutes

Michael Power * (on 76)
Junior Dadson * (on 76)
Karl Dent * (on 83)
Marcus Evans
Joe Vines

Attendance: 198

Lowly Ashford United pulled off one of the shock results of the season by beating promotion challengers Cray Wanderers 2-1, at a sunny but bitterly cold Homelands on the last Saturday of February.

United had collected just two points since the Wands thumped nine past them in mid January, but a brace from Daniel Ajakaiye was enough to turn the form book on its head.

The diminutive debutant gave United the best possible start, when he held off his marker to fire home the opening goal in just the sixth minute of the match.

After the early lead, the visitors enjoyed the majority of the play with the hosts grateful to George Kamurasi when he denied Charlie Macdonald after 15 minutes before the rebound was poked wide by Brandon Scott. Pat Kingwell and recent acquisition Jahmal Howlett-Mundle were outstanding at the heart of the defence and were alert to frequently frustrate the Wands.

The visitors also failed to make the most of a number of corner-kicks, whilst Michael Freiter was wasteful with two free-kick opportunities during the opening 45 minutes as the hosts held firm.

The Wands started the second-half brightly with Dean Carpenter firing over the crossbar, before Freiter once again lost his radar with a wayward free-kick which sailed wide of the target.

But 11 minutes into the second period the equaliser came after the dangerous Aaron Rhule picked out Scott, whose left foot strike found the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

United responded when another debutant Sid Sollis was picked out by a well delivered free-kick from George McLennan, only to shoot beyond the goal.

George Kamurasi was alert to thwart a mazy run into the box by Scott as the Wands pressurised, then the Ashford keeper denied the head of Mitchell Nelson by palming the ball out a corner. Mclennan was on hand to block a long-range effort, whilst Dave Cook got in the way of a shot by Scott.

It was all hands to the pump for the hosts as Cray won a succession of corner-kicks, but United were holding firm and were determined not to be breached.

Then four minutes from time against the run of play Ashford produced a real smash and grab moment when on the breakaway, Dean Grant picked out Ajakaiye who calmly slotted home from the edge of the box.

There was still time however for Ajakaiye to be denied his hat-trick by Nick Blue, whilst at the other end Kamurasi pulled off a diving save to prevent Karl Dent from equalising in stoppage time.