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Steyning Town 21/11/15 Won 2-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 21st November 2015

Ashford keep calm and carry on as they breeze into 3rd round of FA Vase

Match Stats

Date: Sat 21 Nov 2015

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: FA Vase

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 2-1

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Alex Stacchini

Assistants: Ashley Barnes & Steve Martin


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

George Kamurasi
Luke Cuthbert
Chris Elliott
Nick Humphrey
Dan Stubbs (off 62)
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Mikey Dalton
Ellis Green (off 23)
Sebastian Schoburgh
Josh Woolley

Substitutes (used *)
Shaun Welford
Michael Phillips * (on 62)
Paul Booth * (on 23)
Danny Lye
Nick Luen (gk)

Ben Rose
Shaun Skipper
Kerry Parsons (off 84)
Ashley Elms
Ashley Finch
Danny Gainsford
Craig Knowles (off 75)
Matt Dodd
Rob Clark
Lee Garnham
Ollie Hartley (off 14)

Substitutes (used *)
Joe Assefi * (on 84)
George McMahon
Jordan Peskett * (on 75)
Rob Hare
Lewis Levoi * (on 14)

Attendance: 133

Ashford United responded in the best possible way to manager Danny Lye’s rallying call “to keep calm and carry on”, by defeating Steyning Town 2-1 at the Homelands, in the 2nd round of the FA Vase.

Playing host to their Southern Combination Division Two visitors, they went ahead in the first-half through Paul Booth, before Danny Gainsford equalised, only for Sebastian Schoburgh to fire United into the hat for the 3rd round almost immediately.

Ashford had the advantage of kicking into the strong to gale force wind in the opening 45 minutes and totally dominated possession and proceedings. Such was the dominance that their visitors – playing a level below them at step six in the non-league pyramid – didn’t even get over the halfway line until 30 minutes on the clock.

The tone of the afternoon was set early on when Ben Rose saved with his legs from an overhead kick from Schoburgh. Whilst the visiting left-back Kerry Parsons, just couldn’t cope with the pace and trickery of Ryan Palmer down the right-wing, as Ashford laid siege in the final third.

Despite the home side being in the ascendancy and the neat play being produced, Rose barely had another on-target save to make. Twice free-kicks were wasted, before Josh Woolley stung the visiting keepers hand with a fierce drive.

Home custodian George Kamurasi finally had some work to do, when a rare sortie into the Nuts & Bolts box, ended with the big keeper alert to deny Lewis Levoi.

Then with 38 minutes on the clock, Ashford made one of their corner-kicks – which numbered double figures in the opening period – count. Palmer drifted the ball into back of the box, which fell to Booth, who then showed all his experience to curl the ball delightfully into the top right-hand corner of the net, to reach a dozen for the season.

Football though is nothing but a funny old game and having barely seen sight of the goal, Steyning drew level on 62 minutes. Their best player on show, Danny Gainsford was on hand to pounce on a loose ball, after United failed to clear their lines from a corner-kick.

The riposte though was swift and the visitors were probably still celebrating, when Schoburgh fired home from six-yards, to put the hosts back in front less than two minutes later.

This suddenly made the game more open, the visitors battled gamely to try and draw level once more, but found a home defence well marshalled by Pat Kingwell and newcomer, Nick Humphrey equal to the task.

There is much experience in this new centre-back pairing, Humphrey at age 35, making his return to the Homelands, having been leading appearance maker with 39 matches, during his one season (2007-08) with Ashford Town. Humphrey being well aided by Ashford’s Mr Consistency, Kingwell who celebrated his 32nd birthday, with another typically assured performance.

The Nuts & Bolts went looking for the killer third goal, with Michael Phillips adding to Steyning’s problems having been introduced from the bench, whilst Chris Elliott combined well with the midfield with some neat touches.

Palmer forced Rose to save with his legs and was also on hand to tip a terrific free-kick from Phillips over the bar, in between Kamurasi pulled off two great saves, the second a quite brilliant late reaction stop low down to his left.

In a pulsating finale, Woolley was unlucky to see his rifled effort from outside the box, rattle the crossbar then Gainsford brilliantly tackled Schoburgh when the striker looked set to score.

The Sussex visitors battled gamely and despite being outclassed, went close to certainly forcing extra-time or a replay, but all-round Ashford showed enough, to make sure it was they who enter the hat for Monday’s draw for the 3rd round.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall