United settle for a point in Kent Derby

Match Report by Kevin Hall

It was honours even in a well fought tussle at the Homelands, as Ashford United and Sittingbourne ended in 1-1 drew, this came about after Ambrose Gnohore’s third goal of the campaign had cancelled out Tom Fagg’s stunning 24th minute strike for the Brickies.

Now without a win in five matches, it could though have been much better had the hosts showed more composure with the goal in sight, as once again numerous well created chances went begging.

United’s only on target effort in the opening 45 minutes came via a 35-yard shot from Gnahore which dipped and curled but Patrick Lee was equal to the task. Despite good approach work, there was little threat going forward, Lea Dawson heading wide from a free header sort of summed up the pattern of the half.

The Brickies goal followed a spell of pressure from the visitors, Antonio Simeone did well to clear a neat pass into the box, but Ashford paid the price for failing to clear their lines, when former player Fagg let fly with a brilliant strike from around 22-yards out.

Ashford though responded and were the better of the two sides after the break, getting back on level terms through Gnahore on the hour, Lee will though be disappointed not to have kept out the goal, which in the end earned the hosts a point.

Lee then gathered well low down from Ottaway, although it was another frustrating evening for the big number nine who with little support up front, has only scored once in nine appearances thus far and desperately needs a goal.

Substitute Matt Day blasted wide, Dawson came close with a header, before Gnahore saw a free-kick deflect off the wall as United searched for all three points. Late on a looping header from Ottaway was comfortably gathered by Lee.

In the end the result was probably a fair reflection of the evening and proved good entertainment for a decent midweek crowd of 246 on a chilly September evening.

Ashford have a break from the league when they host Haywards Heath Town on Saturday in the Buildbase FA Trophy. Hoping this time to make home advantage count, having not done so in the Kent Senior Cup, the Isthmian League Cup or the FA Cup.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall

Match Stats

  • Date: Tuesday 25th September
  • Kick Off: 7:45pm
  • Match Type: Isthmian League South East
  • Venue: Homelands
  • Attendance: 246
  • Score (FT): 1-1
  • Score (HT): 0-1
  • Goalscorers (Ashford): Ambrose Gnahore (60)
  • Goalscorers (Sittingbourne): Tom Fagg (24)
  • Referee: James Hurst
  • Assistants: Harry Wager & Joseph McKay
  • Bookings:

    Ashford
    Yellow Cards: Sam Corne (56) Siao Blackwood (66) Fidan Fejzi (88)

    Red Cards: None

    Sittingbourne
    Yellow Cards: Tom Fagg (4) Lewis Chambers (74)

    Red Cards: None
  • Teams:

    Ashford United

    Sam Mott
    Ollie Rowe
    Tom Carlse
    Jordan Johnson-Palmer (off 46)
    Antonio Simeone (off 51)
    Josh Wisson
    Sam Corne
    Lea Dawson
    Harry Ottaway
    Ambrose Gnahore (off 83)
    Fidan Fejzi

    Substitutes

    Siao Blackwood * (on 46)
    Clark Woodcock
    Matt Day * (on 51)
    Brandon Williams
    Lanre Azeez * (on 83)

    Sittingbourne

    Patrick Lee
    Chris Webber
    Josh Dorling
    Dan Parkinson (off 71)
    Lex Allen
    Ben Fitchett
    Izzy Adebayo (off 38)
    Lewis Chambers
    Mobolaji Dawodu
    Tom Fagg
    Tom Loynes

    Substitutes

    Reiss Crimmen
    Joe Denny
    Harrison Hatfull * (on 38)
    Johan Caney-Bryan * (on 71)
    Harry Brooks (gk)