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1/11/16 Sevenoaks Town Won 3-2

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 2nd November 2016

United ride their luck to return to the top thanks to Rory Hill hat-trick

Match Stats

Date: Tue 1 Nov 2016

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 3-2

Score (HT): 1-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Rory Hill (35, 49, 55)

Goalscorers (Sevenoaks Town): Chris Edwards (87[pen]), Corey Holder (90+3)

Referee: Joe Stokes

Assistants: Andy Butler & David Sumner

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: Stuart West (69), Pat Kingwell (90)

Red Cards: None

Sevenoaks Town:
Yellow Cards: Mikey Dalton (53), Jack Miles (76)

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

Nic Taylor
George Savage
Ryan James
Tom Michelson
Stuart West
Pat Kingwell
Luke Eldridge (off 70)
Ben Davisson
Adrian Stone (off 61)
Luke Miller
Rory Hill (off 83)



Substitutes

Brett Ince (on 61)
David Botterill (on 70)
Danny Lye
Callum Howland (on 83)
Owen Mcleod (gk)

Sevenoaks Town

Oshane Brown
Chris Edwards
Greg Benbow
Jimmy Rogers
Jack Miles
Corey Holder
Harrison Carnegie
Mikey Dalton
Bryon Walker
Billy Bennett (off 76)
Stephen Camacho (off 70)



Substitutes

Andy Constable
Yacine Gnahore (on 76)
John Brown ( on 70)
Jonathan Lord
Tom Ripley

Attendance: 209

A hat-trick from Rory Hill helped Ashford back to the top of the Southern Counties East table, after riding their luck to record a 3-2 victory over Sevenoaks Town on a bizarre evening of football at the Homelands.

Ashford second best for most of the evening, were most grateful to Hill whose spectacular hat-trick put United into a 3-0 lead inside 10 minutes of the second-half.The visitors though can consider themselves very unfortunate after hitting the crossbar three times inside seven first-half minutes.

Having been second best for most of the first-half, Ashford scored with their first on target effort, timed at 34 minutes and 34 seconds on the stopwatch, when Hill scored from just outside the box. It was a decent strike, but one which Oaks keeper Oshane Brown seemed to be caught cold, as despite getting on a hand on the ball, it found the net to put United one up.

The goal hardly reflected the balance of play as the visitors were made to rue their hard luck, with Bryon Walker particularly unlucky after striking the crossbar in the 21st, 23rd and 28th minutes.

Several times United were caught napping in defence with Nic Taylor saving well from a deflected Greg Benbow effort, whilst the best opportunity fell the way of Billy Bennett, but with the goal a few yards away he elected to pass and not shoot.

Having taking the lead Ashford perhaps should have quickly doubled it, but Brown saved from close range to deny Tom Michelson.

Inside the opening minute of the second half the returning Adrian Stone – who last scored at the Homelands for Ashford Town on 21 January 2006 – turned to fire narrowly over the crossbar.

Three minutes later Ashford did indeed double the lead as Hill added his second, letting rip from 20-yards with a venomous swerving and dipping effort, which Brown in the Oaks goal had no chance of stopping.

The spectacular hat-trick was complete in the 55th minute, again from just outside the box, Hill curling a free-kick past the four man wall, to the outstretched left-hand of Brown and into the bottom corner of the net, for his seventh goal in the last four matches.

Sevenoaks continued to press and ask questions of Ashford, Taylor twice helping to keep the lead intact, the hosts though did their best to press the self destruct button
in the closing stages by conceding a penalty with three minutes left, which Chris Edwards converted.

The finish became just a bit nervy when the hosts then contrived to give away a number of free-kicks, the Oaks pulling another goal back in the third added minute when Corey Holder headed home from close-range from one such free-kick.

In the end though United held out to secure the points and go above AFC Croydon Athletic at the top of the table on goal difference, but having played one game more.