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Erith Town 26/3/16 Won 2-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 26th March 2016

Easter treat as Welford double fires Ashford to victory

Match Stats

Date: Sat 26 Mar 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Badgers Sports Club, Eltham

Score (FT): 2-0

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Marcin Indyk

Assistants: M Sell & D Goldstone


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Ben Davisson
Luke Cuthbert
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Michael Phillips (off 49)
Shaun Welford (off 72)
Paul Booth (off 78)
Tasar Hassan

Substitutes (used *)
Chris Saunders * (on 49)
Mikey Dalton * (on 78)
Tom Fagg * (on 72)
Adam Cuthbert
Josh Woolley

Joe Hagan
Luke Coleman (off 80)
Bode Olajide
Danny Willis
Tamar Bilal
Owen Price
Ola Rabiu (off 68)
Max Williams
Hassan Nalbant
Ciro Donadio (off 80)
Helge Orome

Substitutes (used *)
Ehis Izokun * (on 80)
Merrick Simms
Doune West
Junior Alabe * (on 68)
Jamie McMath * (on 80)

Attendance: 69

Ashford United enjoyed a good Easter Saturday on the road by recording a 2-0 victory at Erith Town, with both goals coming from Shaun Welford, who has now found the net in seven successive league matches.

In a lively end to end opening, George Kamurasi was swiftly called into action in the opening minute to save with his feet and deny Hassan Nalbant.

Then the hosts – without a win in 12 league matches – missed a glorious chance to open the scoring, as Max Rabiu fired over the crossbar from close range.

In the fourth minute Ashford took the lead, when a quick breakaway saw Welford find space and score from a tight angle, to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.

United almost doubled the lead a minute later, when Ryan Palmer picked out Paul Booth, but his glancing header went narrowly wide.

Charlie Dickens saw a header clear the bar, before the Dockers attacked through former Ashford Town forward Luke Coleman – the last player for Town to score an FA Cup hat-trick – but he fired too high after a good run.

In goal for the hosts, Joe Hagan advanced quickly off his line to thwart Palmer, then shortly afterwards pulled off a finger-tip save, as an effort from Ben Davisson curled towards the top corner.

Hagan’s opposite number Kamurasi was then called into action to push away a low rasping effort from Rabiu, before seconds later the same player later fired woefully wide with an open goal at his mercy.

The home side continued to be profligate in front of goal as the first half drew to a close, when Nalbant curled one wide of the goal.

Just four minutes into the second-half Michael Phillips in his 50th appearance for Ashford, having covered just about every blade of grass in the first period, was substituted and replaced by Chris Saunders.

With the conditions getting tougher, rain falling and a stiff breeze blowing, the game lost a bit of tempo, but United always looked the more likely to score next.

Booth teed up Saunders, who drew a good save from Hagan, before the busy keeper produced a neat save to then deny Booth.

A combination of Booth and Tasar Hassan combined well, with the Dockers grateful to Tamar Bilal for intercepting a low pass from Hassan.

It wasn’t a day for Nalbant to remember, as once again with his radar off the target, a good chance went begging for the home side.

The Nuts and Bolts had George Savage to thank in the 65th minute, for being in the right place at the right time and clear off the line, following a shot from Helge Orome.

United then doubled the lead in the 69th minute, with Welford latching onto a loose ball to then produce a great piece of skill to score for his 10th in seven games and reach 32 for the season.

Collecting the ball, Welford broke towards the by-line before cutting inside, dinking the ball over an advancing defender and then slipping a shot past Hagan, for a wonderful finish.

From that moment the points never looked in doubt, although the home side almost gained a consolation in the third minute of stoppage time, but once again Nalbant couldn’t find the target.

It was pleasing to see a clean sheet for the second time in three games, Kamurasi always in command of his box, aided by a good performance from the back four, with Pat Kingwell especially a tower of strength in defence.

United remain in third spot following the victory, although their good record of just one defeat in 19 league games, will be put to the test when Hollands & Blair visit the Homelands on Easter Monday.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall