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Norwich United 20/1/15 Lost 0-5

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 21st January 2015

Clinical Norwich romp to victory as Ashford make FA Vase exit at the Homelands

Match Stats

Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: FA Vase

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 0-5

Score (HT): 0-4

Referee: David Spain

Assistants: Sikiru Idris & Alexis Stacchini - Fourth Official Peter Killip


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Joe Mant
Adam Cuthbert
Luke Cuthbert (off 46)
Liam Whiting
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Gary Clarke
Keiran Byrne (off 73)
Stuart Zanone
Darren Marsden (off 56)
Gary Mickelborough

Substitutes (used *)
Michael Smissen * (on 73)
Andy Irvine * (on 46)
Lee Winfield
Tom Scorer * (on 56)
Ollie Finch

Duncan McAnally
Jamie Speller
Andrew Cusack
Lee Mason
Greg Crane
Andrew Eastaugh
Ben Thompson
Matthew Daniels (off 84)
Paul Cook
Matthew Blake (off 70)
Adam Hipperson (off 63)

Substitutes (used *)
Steve Shipley * (on 84)
Ross Durrant * (on 70)
Adam Bennett * (on 63)

Attendance: 205

The FA Vase dream was well and truly extinguished as Ashford United suffered their biggest defeat so far, after being swept away by a clinical Norwich United side who romped to a 5-0 victory, to comfortaby progress to the 5th round the competition.

It therefore was not the result that Manager Paul Chambers would have hoped for in his 150th game in charge of the Nuts and Bolts – or that the Cuthbert brothers – both celebrating their 100th appearance will remember with any fondness.

The match was pretty much over as a contest inside 45 minutes after the East Anglian visitors, who lead the Eastern Counties League by a six point margin, all but had the tie wrapped up by the interval after bagging four goals, before making it a nap hand 10 minutes from time, as Ashford United conceded five goals for the first ever time in their short three and a half season history.

The home side though could have scored in the opening minute, but defender Jamie Speller brilliantly cleared off the line from top scorer Stuart Zanone, after the 23-goal leading scorer, had been set up by Gary Mickelborough.

That though was as good as it got for Ashford in the first period, as the visitors quickly took control of proceedings, with the opening goal coming 10 minutes into the match.
A fast breakaway, typical of the evening, saw Adam Hipperson released only for goalkeeper Joe Mant to bring him down inside the box, the 19 year-old perhaps a touch fortunate to receive only a yellow card, before Matthew Daniels duly converted the spot-kick.

All too frequently the Ryman League destined Norwich were easing past the midfield and defence and ten minutes later Paul Cook found the net, despite appeals for the Assistant Referee to raise the offside flag.

Ashford it has to be said weren’t at the races and found themselves never able to combat the direct and fast approach from the rampant visitors, being caught square on numerous occasions.
Hipperson went close for the visitors before the killer third goal came when Andrew Eastaugh picked out leading score Matthew Blake who took his tally to 30 goals for the season. The 26 year-old still had work to do when he received the ball, but showed good composure to finish with a crisp low drive into the corner of the net and pretty much confirm a fifth round visit to Ascot for the men in yellow.

To end a miserable half for the Nuts and Bolts, Blake quickly made it 31 for the campaign when he was on hand to stab the ball home from just a few feet out, as Ashford failed to clear a teasing corner from the boot of Andrew Cusack three minutes before the break.

Ashford rallied after the interval and at least started to find a way towards goal, Keiran Byrne curled a free-kick just wide and Liam Whiting forced Duncan McAnally to palm the ball away from a rasping shot.

The visitors despite easing down always looked dangerous on the breakaway even though as contest the game was already over and the duly added a fifth goal 10 minutes from time, when Daniels collected his second of the match.

So on a bitterly cold night at the Homelands, Ashford will probably rue that lack of playing time didn’t help the cause, but will know that in the end they were well beaten by a side that could yet find their way to Wembley.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall