Little to cheer as single goal downs United on disappointing afternoon.

Match Report by Kevin Hall

A solitary first-half goal was enough to separate the sides as Corinthian Casuals completed the league double over Ashford United in a game that won’t live long in the memory.

On a wet, cold and decidedly miserable afternoon at the Homelands, the visitors bossed the opening period with Ashford offering little up front, despite three strikers in the starting line up.

The Casuals saw an effort from Gabriel Odunaike strike the post in the 16th minute, before the same player shot narrowly wide four minutes later.

The only goal of the match came when substitute Max Oldham found space in the box to clip a shot past George Kamurasi into the far corner, which ultimately sealed the three points for the visitors.

Within 20 seconds at the start of the second-half the dangerous Oldham almost added a second, but an alert Kamurasi was equal to the task. Comfortably the best player in a game with little skill on show, Oldham was a real handful, but thanks to consistent Pat Kingwell he was prevented from adding to the single goal tally.

The home fans having had little to cheer saw Shomari Barnwell burst into the box but his touch eluded him when it most mattered. A firm header from Dean Grant finally worked visiting keeper Danny Bracken in the 59th minute as the hosts at last showed some urgency.

Jordan Wright fired too high and Matt Day volleyed past the post, before that man Oldham poked an effort wide of the target for the Casuals.

Despite seven minutes of added time following a injury to Ola Williams, Ashford were unable to draw level, before the final whistle blew at the end a disappointing afternoon of football.

The Nuts & Bolts remain in 21st place and seemingly already looking towards next season, whilst the Casuals in sixth are pretty much certain of bagging a play-off spot, which is 12 points above the chasing pack headed by Phoenix Sports.

Match Stats

  • Date: Sat 3 Feb 2018
  • Kick Off: 3:00pm
  • Match Type: Isthmian League South
  • Venue: Homelands
  • Attendance: 243
  • Score (FT): 0-1
  • Score (FT): 0-1
  • Goalscorers (Corinthian Casuals): Max Oldham (39)
  • Referee: Jamie Wells
  • Assistants: Patrick O'Reilly & Josh Nash
  • Bookings:

    Ashford
    Yellow Cards: Dean Grant (45+2)

    Red Cards: None

    Corinthian Casuals
    Yellow Cards: None

    Red Cards: None
  • Teams:

    Ashford United

    George Kamurasi
    Ola Williams (off 76)
    George McLennan (off 46)
    Kwabena Osei
    Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
    Pat Kingwell
    Jordan Wright
    Will Thomas
    Dean Grant
    Matt Day (off 81)
    Shomari Barnwell

    Substitutes

    Joe Bingham * (on 46)
    Ryan Richefond * (on 81)
    James Fitchett
    Clark Woodcock * (on 76)
    Aaron Lee-Wharton (gk)

    Corinthian Casuals

    Danny Bracken
    Frazer Walker
    Coskun Ekim
    Nathan Daly
    Jack Strange
    Callum McAllister
    Reyon Dillon (off 22)
    Hamilton Antonio
    Gabriel Odunaike
    Ben Cheklit (off 90+2)
    Jordan Clarke (off 72)

    Substitutes

    Max Oldham * (on 22)
    Kevant Serbony * (on 72)
    Shaun Brown
    Malachi Robinson * (on 90+2)
    Terry Murray