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30/12/17 Shoreham Won 3-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 31st December 2017

Festive joy as second-half goals see off Shoreham

Match Stats

Date: Sat 30 Dec 2017

Kick Off: 3:00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 3-0

Score (HT): 0-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Andrew Dalhouse (56), Shomari Barnwell (68,83)

Referee: Ricky Adams

Assistants: James Pasternoster & Joe Kasper

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Shoreham:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

Michael McEntegart
Cheick Toure
Tommy Cooney
Kwabena Osei
Jon Difford
Ryan Richeford
Max Watters
Rodhell Gordon (off 76)
Andrew Dalhouse (off 79)
Shomari Barnwell
George McLennan (off 61)



Substitutes

James Fitchett
Joe Bingham
Ira Jackson * (on 76)
Brandon Williams * (on 61)
Matt Day * (on 79)

Shoreham

James Broadbent
Alfie Proto Gates
Steve Herbert (off 82)
Scott Elgar
Lewis Taylor
Scott Packer
Nick Collyer
Jack Whitmore (off 23)
George Gaskin
Alfie Gritt (off 62)
Shawn Lyle



Substitutes

Marlon Pinder * (on 23)
Nana Baah * (on 62)
Amir Zarei * (on 82)
Lauric Diakesse

Attendance: 329

Ashford United made it consecutive wins and three matches unbeaten to continue their good festive period of results with strikers Andrew Dalhouse and Shomari Barnwell again on target to see off Shoreham 3-0, as the bottom two clashed at the Homelands.

The important win, United’s fifth of the campaign also saw the first clean sheet for the hosts since recording the same score over Guernsey and that was way back in late September.

The Nuts & Bolts though are made of sterner stuff since losing to Shoreham 4-2 in October and in the end the victory margin could have been much greater, had they not come up against a goalkeeper in good form as well as twice being denied by the woodwork.

Visiting custodian James Broadbent though nearly got caught out early as Barnwell tried his luck from an acute angle close to the touchline, but under pressure from Dalhouse defender Lewis Taylor was alert to head away from danger.

The visitors could have taken the lead after just six minutes when Shawn Lyle, who looked Shoreham’s best player bar the goalkeeper, was through on goal only to blast over the crossbar.

It took 38 minutes for United to have their first meaningful effort on target when Dalhouse fired straight at Broadbent. Rodhell Gordon then saw an effort tipped past the post, before Cheick Toure rose well from the resultant corner-kick only to see his header bounce back off the crossbar.

Michael McEntegart had little do throughout, but produced a decent save two minutes into the second-half to thwart the dangerous Lyle, before United saw Dalhouse curl an effort beyond the far post a couple of minutes later.

Dalhouse though wasn’t to be denied for too long finding the target with a thunderous header in the 56th minute, after a great move down the left flank involving Rodhell Gordon and George McLennan. The latter picking out the big number nine with a perfect delivered cross which saw Dalhouse out jump two defenders to give Broadbent no chance from six-yards out.

The goal was just the fillip Ashford needed to get into their stride as within another couple of minutes Dalhouse could have scored a hat-trick, first forcing Broadbent into a good save low down before glancing a header narrowly wide.

It was now wave after wave of home attacks as Broadbent proved once again the nemesis to Dalhouse as he pulled off another save. He could though do little about United’s second which saw Barnwell drive low and hard into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 after 68 minutes.

That second goal came from another great move this time involving youngster Brandon Williams and Gordon, who linked up well to create the opening for Barnwell who is fast becoming a cult figure at the Homelands having now scored in each of his four appearances thus far for United.

It then really should have been three in the 76th minute after Dalhouse had once again been thwarted by Broadbent, but the follow up fell to the wrong man in Ryan Richeford who blasted miles over the bar with an open goal at his mercy.

With seven minutes remaining a free-kick from Max Watters picked out Barnwell who side footed home from close-range for Ashford’s third goal and his fifth for the club.

With United still hungry for goals Matt Day connected with a good header in stoppage time only to be denied by that man Broadbent, before Barnwell clipped the outside of the post in the last opportunity of the match.

Ashford in 23rd place since later October have down drawn level on points with Molesey, so will be optimistic of overtaking them in the New Year provided the upsurge in form continues.