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6/1/18 Chipstead Won 3-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 8th January 2018

Solid display sees United continue unbeaten run

Match Stats

Date: Sat 6 Jan 2018

Kick Off: 3:00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 3-1

Score (HT): 1-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): George McLennan (31), Max Watters (47), Shomari Barnwell (64 pen)

Goalscorers (Chipstead): Dean Gunner (84)

Referee: Damith Bandara

Assistants: Robert King & Luke Chapman

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: James Fitchett (73), Max Watters (84)

Red Cards: Jon Difford (54)

Chipstead:
Yellow Cards: Callum Maclean (61), Michael Sibley (63), Saidou Khan (83)

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

Michael McEntegart
Cheick Toure
Tommy Cooney
Kwabena Osei
Jon Difford
Ryan Richefond
Max Watters
George McLennan
Andrew Dalhouse (off 54)
Rodhell Gordon (off 71)
Shomari Barnwell



Substitutes

James Fitchett * (on 54)
Joe Bingham * (on 71)
Ira Jackson
Brandon Williams
Matt Day

Chipstead

Michael Sibley
Matthew Warren
Erivaldo Felix
Saidou Khan
Sam Page
Dean Gunner
Ollie Twum (off 53)
Dylan Cascoe (off 68)
Allan Tait
Dean Lodge
Leon Lalor-Dell (off 68)



Substitutes

Dan Cumber * (on 68)
Callum Maclean * (on 53)
Nash Daoukare
Matthew Males * (on 68)
Robert Smith

Attendance: 267

Ashford United made it five games unbeaten over the Christmas & New Year period with a 3-1 victory against Chipstead at the Homelands.

It was though a slow start by the hosts who eventually took the lead through George McLennan, somewhat against the run of play in the 31st minute. The lead was doubled two minutes into the second-half by Max Watters, before Jon Difford was the harsh recipient of a red card after 54 minutes.

Shomari Barnwell then made it six goals in six appearances from the penalty spot in the 64th minute, with Chipstead gaining a consolation goal six minutes from time.

The Chips certainly started the brighter of the two sides, with Ashford indebted to Michael McEntegart who thwarted Dean Lodge after looking set to open the scoring, but the Aussie keeper just nicked the ball off him in timely fashion.

With torrential now rain falling, McEntegart then smothered bravely at the feet of veteran striker Allan Tait, as the pair slid towards each other on the slick playing surface.

The delightfully named Leon Lalor-Dell was next to try his luck, but again McEntegart was not to be beaten doing well to gather the ball low down.

Chipstead though were stunned after a period of sustained pressure which saw them win a corner-kick, but in the blink of an eye United produced a swift counter-attack to go one up. The lively Watters collected the ball, before flying down the right-wing, easing past two defenders to tee up McLennan, who just needed a simple tap-in to give the Nuts & Bolts the lead.

United had the perfect start to the second-half as Watters after receiving a through ball from Kwabena Osei, produced a mazy run before firing low and hard across the goalmouth to double the lead.

United though received a set back when Difford was adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball as he and Tait clashed. After a period of consultation between the referee and the assistant referee – who had flagged for the offence – Difford was shown a red card and a free-kick was awarded a matter of inches outside the 18-yard box.

The resultant free-kick was brilliantly struck by Dean Gunner and looked destined for the top right-hand corner, only for McEntegart to produce the best save of the afternoon and push the ball past the post.

United were aggrieved when Barnwell burst into the box only to be taken out by a clumsy challenge from goalkeeper Michael Sibley, before the loose ball fell to Watters who scored with ease. The referee though had already blown to award the spot-kick as the keeper somehow escaped with just a booking.

Barnwell though dusted himself down before sending Sibley the wrong way from the resultant penalty, as United made it three goals for the third consecutive home match.

McEntegart was on hand to deny the lively Lodge, but by now Ashford were well in the ascendancy as Ryan Richefond, Rodhell Gorden and Barnwell all tried their luck.

The final goal of the afternoon did though go to the visitors, when recent Greenwich Borough acquisition Gunner slotted home late on, which prevented McEntegart from keeping a deserved clean sheet.

United have used 65 players thus far this season, but are at last benefiting from a settled side in recent weeks with the current form proof that stability is key to success if they are to continue to climb the table.

There is good news too, that Pat Kingwell should soon be available to bolster the defence even further, with his presence certainly needed as Difford is set for a suspension.