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Holmesdale 16/4/16 Won 3-2

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 16th April 2016

Stunning late strike from Tasar Hassan guides United to victory

Match Stats

Date: Sat 16 Apr 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Oakley Road, Bromley

Score (FT): 3-2

Score (HT): 1-1

Referee: Daniel Proctor

Assistants: Unknown


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Dan Cook
George Savage (off 60)
Adam Cuthbert (off 60)
Luke Cuthbert
Charlie Dickens
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford
Mikey Dalton
Josh Woolley (off 60)

Substitutes (used *)
Chris Saunders
Clark Woodcock * (on 60)
Paul Booth
Tasar Hassan * (on 60)
Callum Whitmore * (on 60)

Line up not published.

Attendance: 106

A stunning free-kick a minute from time by Tasar Hassan helped maintain Ashford United’s 100% winning record against Holmesdale , with the Nuts & Bolts having now triumphed on all seven occasions that the two sides have met.

However the already relegated home side – with only four wins all season – put up a brave fight and opened the scoring after 25 minutes.

Josh Woolley levelled things, when he scored from a free-kick five minutes later, before Shaun Welford with his 37th of the season gave United the lead with 12 minutes remaining.

The Nuts & Bolts then conceded a penalty in the 86th minute and once again parity was restored, before the late show from Hassan with his first goal for United, sealed the points in the most dramatic of fashions.

A combination of Woolley and Charlie Dickens set up a header for Welford which went narrowly wide, before Woolley twice found space when through on goal only to fire wide, in a bright opening for the visitors.

Once again manager Danny Lye shuffled the pack, which created an open contest, whilst Dan Cook –having played the second half in midweek versus Sevenoaks – was in goal, following George Kamurasi’s recall by Grays Athletic as cover for their suspended first choice goalie Lamar Johnson.

Unfortunately no team line-up was published by the Dalers, so names are sparse for the home side, but having spurned a chance on 21 minutes, Quentin Conteh was on hand to give the basement club a surprise lead in the 25th minute.

Welford continued to test the goalkeeper, who looked decidedly shaky between the sticks and on the half hour mark he was beaten by a neat free-kick from the edge of the box by Woolley, which deservedly drew Ashford back on level terms.

Luke Cuthbert saw a looping back header almost find the net shortly afterwards, as the Nuts & Bolts pressed for a second, whilst Dickens was denied by a timely clearance off the line.

Ryan Palmer delayed too long before getting a decent shot at goal on the bumpy pitch, before picking out Welford who once again tested the keeper with a powerful header.

On the hour there was a treble substitution for Ashford, with two of the under 18’s Clark Woodcock and Callum Whitmore being introduced alongside Hassan and all three looked keen to impress.

Hassan cracked a free-kick, which the keeper did well to finger-tip over the crossbar after 68 minutes, Woodcock then combined with Welford to set up Palmer, who again was guilty of delaying his shot when the opportunity arose.

In the 78th minute Welford gave Ashford the lead with a neat directed header which went in off the post after being picked out by Hassan.

However a clumsy challenge inside the box gave the Dalers a chance to level from the penalty spot, which they duly did via Steven Karkari with four minutes left.

Then as the game drew to a close up-stepped Hassan, to strike a venomous free-kick which rifled into the top right-hand corner of the goal to bag Ashford the points in the most spectacular manner.

United’s final match of the campaign is next Saturday when they entertain champions Greenwich Borough.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall