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Holmesdale 10/10/15 Won 2-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 10th October 2015

Second half goals secure the points for Ashford

Match Stats

Date: Sat 10 Oct 2015

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 2-1

Score (HT): 0-1

Referee: Ollie Butcher

Assistants: Matt Pollington & Callum Wright


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Dan Eason
Adam Cuthbert
Chris Elliott
Jack Healey
Luke Cuthbert
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Michael Phillips (off 61)
Shaun Welford
Paul Booth (off 76)
Mikey Dalton

Substitutes (used *)
Ellis Green * (on 61)
Josh Woolley * (on 76)
Danny Lye
Nick Luen
Sebastian Schoburgh

Joel Hannington
Jamie Fernandes
James Teodorescu
Jack White (off 86)
Aaron Day
Jack Saunders
Rikki Cable
Brandon Hobbs
Marcus Cassius (off 78)
Akin Ajose (off 74)
Michael McKenna

Substitutes (used *)
Steven Karkari * (on 78)
Sean Mason
Lanre Adebayo * (on 74)
Daniel McCarthy * (on 86)

Attendance: 222

Holmesdale must hate playing Ashford United, having been beaten on all six occasions that the two sides have met, United eventually coming out on top this time 2-1, thanks to second-half goals from Shaun Welford and Jack Healey, who cancelled out the lead which the visitors had held since the eighth minute.

Whilst this match didn’t have the late drama of the 4-3 victory when the pair last met at Oakley Road back in January, it was though an important three points for the much changed hosts, who had only the Cuthbert brothers and Pat Kingwell remaining in the line-up from 16 players who represented United in that victory just 10 months ago.

Rikki Cable, who scored all three in the clash back at the turn of the year finishing well into the bottom right-hand after picking up the loose ball following an attempted headed clearance from goalkeeper Dan Eason, the home shot stopper though not helped by the defenders in front of him who appeared to go AWOL, as the visitors took the lead.

Although the Ashford build up play was good, all too frequently crosses particularly from Ryan Palmer and Adam Cuthbert failed to find a player in a green shirt, although Michael Phillips came close for the hosts dipping a shot just over the crossbar.

Holmesdale always looked dangerous but Marcus Cassius was guilty of being caught offside too many times for such an experienced forward, Eason had his hands warmed by a spectacular volley from scorer Cable, then Michael McKenna waltzed through the home defence only to fluff his lines with the goal at his mercy.

Two minutes before the break, James Teodorescu found his name in the book after hacking down Palmer in full flow, then in stoppage time Paul Booth should have done better following an accurate cross from Chris Elliott.

Ashford survived a scare on 56 minutes when Cassius smashed a venomous shot off the underside of the bar as the Dalers pressed for a second, although Eason did enough to help deflect the goal bound effort by getting a timely touch on the ball.

Shortly afterwards Ashford produced a good move with Booth volleying just inches over the top, then had Adam Cuthbert to thank for a perfectly timed tackle on Cassius, before substitute Ellis Green pinged a long range shot just off target.

Then with 20 minutes remaining Ashford draw level following neat footwork from Booth, finding fellow striker Welford who neatly placed the ball past the onrushing Joel Hannington to strike in his fourth consecutive home match and grab his eighth of the season.

At this point Holmesdale seemed to run out of steam and unable to combat the wide threat of Green and Palmer, the former brought down just outside the penalty area which earned Akin Ajose a yellow card.

The visitors had Hannington to thank for keeping the scores level as he tipped the ball away for a corner-kick to deny Elliott, but debutant Healey seized his chance on 83 minutes rising to Green’s resultant corner to head the ball past Hannington and secure the three points for the hosts.

The win though was not without scares as the game drew to a close, with Eason producing a brilliant save diving low to his left to thwart Michael McKenna, who again went close in the third added minute curling a free-kick past the post, after Luke Cuthbert had seen his name taken for a clumsy challenge on Stephen McCarthy.

On what was a strange day of results in the Southern Counties East League, Ashford went up a couple of places to 4th in the table, but next Saturday have a break from the league when they travel to Sevenoaks Town in the 2nd round of the Kent Senior Trophy.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall