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Rochester United 16/2/16 Won 4-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 17th February 2016

Dominant Ashford too strong for Rochester

Match Stats

Date: Tue 16 Feb 2016

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 4-0

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Zoltan Konkoly

Assistants: Steve Tunnicliffe & Joseph Dann-Pye


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert
Charlie Dickens
Luke Cuthbert
Danny Lye (off 46)
Jack Healey
Ryan Palmer
Michael Phillips
Jon Pilbeam (off 72)
Paul Booth (off 74)
Chris Saunders

Substitutes (used *)
Josh Woolley
George Savage * (on 72)
Shaun Welford * (on 46)
Tom Fagg * (on 74)
Pat Kingwell

Roddy Hayward
Kane Hemmings (off 55)
Steve Rothery
Tom Carr
Freeman Rogers
Ricki Holmes
Bradley Webb (off 62)
Tony Whitaker
Dan Gonzalez-Bello (off 84)
Robert Alderman
Vince Collis

Substitutes (used *)
Max Morgan * (on 55)
Harrison Airth * (on 62)
Ryan McClean * (on 84)
Greg Smith
Steve Earle

Attendance: 155

Ashford United warmed up for the forthcoming FA Vase quarter-final trip to Salisbury, by completing the league double over Rochester United, on a biting cold evening at the Homelands.

A crowd of 155 hardy souls saw Paul Booth convert a late first-half penalty, before doubling the lead in the 74th minute, after which fine strikes from Tom Fagg and Shaun Welford completed the 4-0 score on a good evening for the Nuts & Bolts.

The home side rested a number of players ahead of the trip to Wiltshire, it was though a good workout and on another evening the tally of goals could easily have been doubled, such was the eventual dominance of the hosts.

Despite their lowly position in the table the visitors more than matched Ashford in the opening exchanges, although the home side missed a chance to take the lead, following an error from visiting goalkeeper Roddy Hayward in the 18th minute.

Hayward – who appeared seven times for United during season 2012-13 – completely fluffed a clearance, but Michael Phillips produced a weak shot, just moments later though the visiting custodian pulled off a terrific save to deny Jon Pilbeam.

Rochester came close to taking the lead when former Canterbury City striker Dan Gonzalez-Bello struck a beautiful free-kick which appeared destined for the top corner, only for the ball to rebound back off the crossbar.

Ashford had to bide their time against a well marshalled visiting defence, Ryan Palmer went close a couple of times, but just before the break Ashford took the lead from the penalty spot, after Hayward clattered into Booth for the most obvious penalty you are ever likely to witness.

The keeper received a yellow card whilst Booth dusted himself down, to comfortably dispatch his ninth spot-kick of the season in the 44th minute.

Once in the lead, Ashford completely dominated proceedings, creating a plethora of chances, Booth blasted over from close range, whilst Rochester had no answer to the mazy runs of chief tormentor Palmer.

Jack Healey saw an effort curl just wide of the target, but after 74 minutes the reward of a second goal came through Booth, after the 39-year old reacted quickest to a loose ball and find the net for his second of the evening and his 23rd of the season.

Some good runs from the back from Adam Cuthbert added to the attacking options, one such run saw him taken out by an agricultural challenge by Max Morgan, which quite rightly saw his name go in the book.

Tom Fagg who is fast becoming a super-sub added to the brace he scored from the bench during the 6-1 hammering of Beckenham, by making the score 3-0 within ninety seconds of his introduction in the 76th minute.

Palmer used his pace to get to the by-line and pull the ball back across the goalmouth, to find Fagg who seized the opportunity with a crisp finish.

Five minutes later the two other substitutes combined to round off the scoring, Welford volleying home after being picked out from a great delivered cross by George Savage.

Welford then nearly made it a nap hand, but after a lovely piece of skill he saw his effort come back off the crossbar, before Hayward did well to save the follow-up.

The Nuts & Bolts remain in third place in the Southern Counties East League table and with just one defeat in 21 matches in all competitions thoughts can now turn to the FA Vase match at the weekend.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall