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Ashford United responded in the best possible way to their disappointing FA Cup exit on Saturday, as they eased to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kent rivals Faversham Town at the Homelands.
In front of an August Bank Holiday Monday crowd of 344, United never looked likely to be beaten after goals from Tom Carlse & substitute Stefan Cox put Gary Alexander’s side in full control, as the Lilywhites struggled to create any noteworthy chances.
Even before the opening goal United always look dangerous going forward, solid in defence and in control of the midfield with Sam Corne once again on top form.
Harry Ottaway and Lanre Azeez had early chances for the hosts, whilst Luke Griffiths tested the handing of Sam Mott, it would prove to be Faversham’s Town only shot on target in 90 minutes of woe for their forward line.
On 29 minutes the dangerous Ambrose Gnahore limped off to be replaced by Cox, who had previously played 30 minutes as a substitute in a 0-3 defeat at Corinthian Casuals last season.
Cox was quickly into his stride and involved in the build up for the opening goal just five minutes after his introduction. Winning the ball in midfield his neat pass found Ottaway who in turn slipped the ball into the path of Carlse who finished with aplomb.
Then on 38 minutes the lead was doubled when Cox fired home from 12-yards out, in off the left-hand post beyond former Ashford Town goalkeeper Simon Overland.
During the second-half a rising shot from Michael Jenner was all that the visitors could muster in terms of a meaningful effort at goal.
Siao Blackwood narrowly missed the target from around 22-yards, but the half was marred by a serious looking head injury to Carlse who landed awkwardly, which resulted in an ambulance being called.
As United searched for a third goal, Cox fizzed a ball across the penalty area, but no one was on hand to provide a touch, before Overland thwarted Ottaway with a good low down save.
In the latter stages of the match, Ottaway tried to lob Overland from an acute angle, before former Ashford United striker Dean Grant fired over the crossbar from close range in six minutes of injury time.
It was an accomplished performance from the Nuts & Bolts who after three straight league wins top the table on goal difference from five other unbeaten sides thus far.
Match Reporter Kevin Hall
Sam Mott Siao Blackwood Tom Carlse (off 68) Jordan Johnson-Palmer Antonio Simeone Josh Wisson Sam Corne Lea Dawson Harry Ottaway Lanre Azeez (off 88) Ambrose Gnahore (off 29)
Luis Morrison Ollie Rowe * (on 68) Stefan Cox * (on 29) Fidan Fejzi Brandon Williams * (on 88)
Simon Overland Ryan Cooper Renford Tenyue Danny Walder Matthew Bourne Michael Jenner Daniel Carrington Luke Griffiths (off 68) Harry Goodger Jack Harris Dean Grant
Ashley Miller * (on 68) George Monger Ryan Cheek Ollie Lee James Brown
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