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6/8/16 Corinthian Won 2-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 6th August 2016

Second half goals see United make FA Cup progress

Match Stats

Date: Sat 6 Aug 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: FA Cup

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 2-0

Score (HT): 0-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Ben Davisson (70), George Savage (77)

Referee: Michael Chard

Assistants: Thomas Chivilo & George Lowe


Yellow Cards: Ryan Palmer (40), Paul Booth (90+2)

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: Sam Groombridge (30), Jamie Billings (71)

Red Cards: None


Ashford United

George Kamurasi
George Savage
Luke Cuthbert (off 59)
Tom Michelson
Stuart West
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer (off 87)
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford
Mikey Dalton
Rory Hill (off 66)


Michael Phillips (on 66)
Taser Hassan
Paul Booth (on 59)
Danny Lye
Luke Eldridge (on 87)


Dan Bygrave
Alexander Billings (off 60)
Jamie Taylor
Jamie Billings
Marcus Evans
Sam Groombridge
Michael Hagan
Josh James (off 72)
Conor Johnson
Oscar Housego
William Johnson-Cole


Joe Brown (on 60)
Brima Daramy (on 72)
Joshua Gilbert
Adam Cooper
Tom Montgomery
Luke Tanner

Attendance: 235

Two stunning second-half strikes guided Ashford United to victory over league rivals Corinthian, on a warm and sunny opening day 2-0 home victory, in the extra-preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

As in previous matches between the two closely matched Southern Counties East League rivals, Corinthian once again proved tough opponents to breakdown.

The visitors though were made to rue their profligacy in front of goal, when the Nuts & Bolts scored twice in the space of seven second-half minutes, to earn the right to host Three Bridges at the Homelands in a fortnight.

A couple of early chances fell to Ashford, with Shaun Welford forcing a save from Dan Bygrave in the fifth minute, before new signing Stuart West poked the ball wide of the target three minutes later.

For the Hoops Michael Hagan was easily their star player, causing the home defence a number of problems throughout the opening period scuffing a shot wide, before being denied by a top drawer save from George Kamurasi.

The home fans very much delighted to see Kamurasi wearing the number one jersey, after looking set to join National League side Bromley having appeared pre-season for them.

Impressive debutant Rory Hill produced a great run, cutting in from the left to fire narrowly wide for Ashford, having earlier been thwarted by a neat save from Bygrave.

Corinthian were certainly creating the better chances and on 39 minutes missed a gilt-edged opportunity, when William Johnson-Cole with an open goal at his mercy somehow contrived to hit the crossbar from just eight-yards out. The ball then rebounded back into the path of Oscar Housego, but Kamurasi was alert to keep the match goalless at the half-time interval.

In an open game, both sides continued to create chances, with visiting tormentor Hagan shooting inches wide, whilst Ben Davisson did likewise for the hosts.

The Hoops attacked down the right-hand side, only to see Conor Johnson fire low across the goalmouth, with no one on hand to get a touch in front of goal.

Ashford then rallied and saw fleet footed Ryan Palmer denied three times in quick succession, thanks to a combination of keeper Bygrave and good defending.

The deadlock though was broken 20 minutes from time, when the ball fell to Davisson just outside the box, who drove confidently through a host of bodies and into the corner of the net, for his first goal in United colours and make the score 1-0.

With the momentum behind them the home side doubled the lead seven minutes later, when George Savage also opened his account for the Nuts & Bolts. Spotting Bygrave off his line 22-yards from goal, he produced a perfectly weighted chip, which floated beautifully over the visiting custodian to give Ashford a two-goal cushion.

In the closing stages Hoops substitute Brima Daramy set off on a great run, only to see the ball roll past Kamurasi and onto the post before the danger was cleared.

That just about summed up the day for the visitors, but Ashford won’t care and although the home side weren’t quite at their best, it was enough on the day to remain in the competition.

United commence in the league next Saturday with a trip to Beckenham, before hosting Isthmian League South side Three Bridges in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday 20th August.

As Ashford Town, they travelled to Three Bridges in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup during season 1979-80, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Sammy Sambrook & John Young.