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Cray Valley Paper Mills 2/4/16 Won 1-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 2nd April 2016

Penalty helps extend winning streak to six matches

Match Stats

Date: Sat 2 Apr 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 1-0

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Piotre Zachwieja

Assistants: Mark Cheeseman & Callum Wright


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Luke Cuthbert
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Paul Booth (off 75)
Chris Saunders
Shaun Welford
Ben Davisson
Tasar Hassan (off 75)

Substitutes (used *)
Josh Woolley * (on 75)
Tom Fagg * (on 75)
Adam Cuthbert
Dan Cook (gk)
Mikey Dalton

Rob French
Tommy Osborne
Adam Gross
Jamie Lawrence (off 83)
Brad Potter
Taylor McDonagh
Rory Hill
Jamie Miller (off 79)
Marcus Elliott
Chris Bishop (off 74)
Bryon Walker

Substitutes (used *)
Ali Tumkaya * (on 79)
Jordan Sandiford * (on 74)
John Wawrzewski
Paul Gross * (on 83)
Kevin Lott

Attendance: 178

It is a game that won’t linger too long in the memory, but a solitary penalty against Cray Valley Paper Mills, proved enough to extend Ashford United’s winning streak to six league matches

United buoyed by the Easter Monday win over Hollands & Blair entered the match in fine form, with the only blip in the past 20 league matches being the 3-4 defeat by AFC Croydon Athletic.

Whilst the Millers had suffered only two defeats in league and cup matches, since a shock 4-5 home defeat to Crowborough in mid December.

Prospects were therefore high for an entertaining game but sadly the match never really got going and was a scrappy affair, only edged 1-0 by United courtesy of a first-half penalty scored by Shaun Welford, who found the net for the ninth successive match.

Cray Valley who were forced to turn out in an old United strip, can certainly count themselves unlucky not to have collected a point from the match, having enjoyed more on target efforts than the hosts.

George Kamurasi had to dive low to his left to prevent Bryon Walker from giving the Millers an early lead, before Rory Hill curled an effort just wide.

Brad Potter then flicked a header into the six-yard box, but thankfully Mr Reliable Pat Kingwell was on hand to clear up the danger.

Hill then fired wide before going even closer, but United managed to deflect the ball out for a corner.

It was therefore somewhat against the run of play that Ashford took the lead, when Dickens sent the ball into the penalty area, but Potter flung out an arm and referee Piotre Zachwieja had little hesitation in pointing to the spot in the 36th minute.

The resultant penalty was coolly despatched by Welford, for his 13th goal in his nine match scoring streak, sending Rob French the wrong way to reach 35 for the season.

A couple of minutes later after constant whinging from the Millers Management team – which sadly is nothing new – Mr Zachwieja dismissed one of their staff from the technical area.

For the hosts Chris Saunders than earned a yellow card when taking out Hill in full flow, who then stepped up to shoot narrowly wide from the resultant free-kick.

Jamie Lawrence then fluffed a golden chance for the Millers missing the target from inside the box, then in a counter-attack French clattered into Ben Davisson outside the box, but despite appeals for an infringement the referee waved play on.

The second-half continued in a similar pattern to the first as the Millers continued to be profligate with the goal at their mercy, spurning two good chances with Marcus Elliott and Walker this time guilty of fluffing their lines.

Ashford in search of a nerve settling second goal saw Tasar Hassan send in a decent cross, but Tom Osborne was hand to head away the danger under pressure from Welford.

With 15 minutes left both sides misssed good chances, firstly the visitors saw Jamie Miller shoot woefully wide in front of an open goal, only for substitute Josh Woolley to do likewise for Ashford moments later.

Goalkeeper French then made a complete howler of trying to catch a ball hooked in from close to the halfway line by Dickens, but after totally misjudging the flight, his blushes were saved when it bounced inches wide of the post.

Two opportunities fell to Welford in quick succession, but he headed wide with the first before volleying over under pressure a couple of minutes later.

Having held the visitors at bay, Ashford survived a scare in the 87th minute when Kamurasi rushed from his goal and clattered into Walker outside the box and was perhaps fortunate to escape with just a booking.

After lengthy treatment of nearly five minutes to Walker, Kamurasi was then beaten 20-yards out by a terrific curling free-kick from Hill which rebounded back off the post, to deny the visitors a late and probably deserved equaliser.

In the sixth minute of added time Welford found himself in space, but under pressure fired wide in the last opportunity of the game.

It is fair to say the win was hard fought and there have been better games at the Homelands this season, however at the final whistle very few in the attendance of 178 were complaining, but just relieved that the Nuts & Bolts held on.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall