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28/3/17 Sevenoaks Town Lost 0-3 (agg 1-4)

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 29th March 2017

Semi-final woes for under strength United

Match Stats

Date: Tue 28 Mar 2017

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: League Cup

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 0-3 (agg 1-4)

Score (HT): 0-2

Goalscorers (Sevenoaks Town): Harrison Carnegie 38, Kieron McCann 41, Byron Walker 60

Referee: Ben Bowles

Assistants: Harry Phillips & Nick Fruin


Yellow Cards: Jason Goodchild 79

Red Cards: None

Sevenoaks Town:
Yellow Cards: Stephen Camacho 90+2

Red Cards: None


Ashford United

Aaron Lee-Wharton
George Savage (off 53)
Frazer Walker
Dan Stubbs (off 65)
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford (off 65)
Jason Goodchild
Luke Eldridge


Callum Howland (on 53)
Harry Lavender (on 65)
Brandon Williams (on 65)
Clark Woodcock

Sevenoaks Town

Rob French
Chris Edwards
Stephen Camacho
Jimmy Rogers (off 72)
Tom Ripley
Corey Holder
Harrison Carnegie (off 65)
Yacine Gnahore
Byron Walker (off 84)
Joe Bingham
Kieron McCann


Jack Richards (on 65)
Billy Bennett (on 72)
Jack Miles
Toby Lansdale (on 84)

Attendance: 253

Ashford United lost the chance for a piece of silverware when an under strength side slipped to a 0-3 defeat to Sevenoaks Town in the semi-final of the Macron Southern Counties East League Challenge Trophy at the Homelands.

With the tie evenly poised after a 1st leg 1-1 draw, home fans were disappointed on reading the team line-up on the board by the turnstiles when entering the ground.

The enforced changes no doubt necessitated through suspension and players unavailable ultimately proved telling against a full strength Oaks who eased to victory over the Nuts & Bolts for the second time in four days.

No one could fault the effort and commitment as United held firm in the early stages as not surprisingly the visitors bossed possession, with young debutant goalkeeper Aaron Lee-Wharton particularly excelling between the sticks in the opening exchanges.

It was a tough baptism for the under-18 keeper, but he showed his prowess with good handling and pulled off two good saves in the 15th minute.

For the hosts Ryan Palmer once again looked lively down the right-hand side, but in a similar vein to the loss on Saturday, United desperately missed the pace of Rory Hill on the left.

Lee-Wharton was alert to deny Kieron McCann, whilst Shaun Welford at the other end got to the by-line only to see his effort blocked.

In the 36th minute there was almost a champagne moment when Manager Danny Lye let fly from 35-yards as the effort almost caught Rob French out, but the visiting keeper peddled back to tip the wickedly dipping shot over the crossbar.

Ashford though were deflated when the Oaks scored twice in the space of three minutes, the opener coming from former Phoenix Sports star Harrison Carnegie who found the target with the aid of the post in the 38th minute.

The lead was quickly doubled when Joe Bingham laid the ball on a plate to McCann who applied the finish from close range after a neat move down the right by the visitors.

Tom Ripley saw a glancing header go just over the top from a free-kick early in the second-half as shortly afterwards an injured George Savage limped out of the game.

The scoring was completed on the hour mark when Byron Walker made it three, but he too limped off later in the game.

Youngsters Callum Howland, Harry Lavender and Brandon Williams all came off the bench to get a taste of the big time which will have no doubt been a good experience for them.

Palmer was his usual bag of tricks as he tried his luck three times from outside the box but in the end the match petered out to its conclusion, as the Oaks now look forward to a clash with Sheppey United in the final on May 6th.

With only one win in six, Lye faces his toughest time in his short managerial career as these are worrying times for United at such an important time of the season.

A quick turn around in fortunes is needed as at present things seem to be spiralling downhill at an alarming rate, so a win in the proverbial “six pointer” at the Homelands versus Crowborough Athletic on Saturday would be most welcome.