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16/8/16 Canterbury City Won 1-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 17th August 2016

Hill strike enough to earn United the points as tenants beaten

Match Stats

Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 1-0

Score (HT): 0-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Rory Hill (54)

Referee: Kane Dempster

Assistants: Mark Cheeseman & Callum Wright

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: George Savage (20), Stuart West (76), Charlie Dickens (90+2)

Red Cards: None

Canterbury City:
Yellow Cards: Gary Mickelborough (40), Chris Webber (47), Dan Lawrence (67)

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

George Kamurasi
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Tom Michelson
Stuart West
Pat Kingwell
Michael Phillips (off 83)
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford
Tom Fagg (off 65)
Rory Hill



Substitutes

Mikey Dalton
Taser Hassan (on 83)
Paul Booth (on 65)
Luke Eldridge
Owen McCleod (gk)

Canterbury City

Daren Hawkes
Chris Webber
Patrick Nzuzi
Alfie Nunn (off 77)
Connor Patridge
Josh McCallum
Sam Conlon (off 67)
Dan Lawrence
Dave Pilcher
Jordan Casey
Gary Mickelborough (off 70)



Substitutes

Jack North
Jack Sellens (on 67)
Ryan Philpott (on 70)
Rob Lawrence (on 77)
Sam Baker

Attendance: 196

One goal was enough to see Ashford United maintain their winning start to the season, Rory Hill’s second-half strike giving the hosts bragging rights over tenants Canterbury City in the opening midweek match of the league campaign.

City looked a decent outfit and could easily have had a share of the points, had it not been for goalkeeper George Kamurasi and some good defending, particularly in the closing stages of the match.

Kamurasi was called into action to deny Gary Mickelborough – 28 goals in 117 appearances for United – tipping a powerful header over the bar in the fifth minute.

Another in City colours making a welcome return to the Homelands was Sam Conlon, who scored 32 goals in 115 appearances for the Nuts & Bolts.

There were few clear cut chances in the opening 45 minutes, but just before the break Shaun Welford was thwarted by Daren Hawkes, before Tom Michelson cleared the bar with a header.

What proved to be the winning goal came in the 54th minute when Hill collected a lay-off from Tom Fagg to blast into the net from around eight-yards.

Hill who joined in the close-season from Cray Valley Paper Mills, delivered a cross into the box, but Hawkes reacted well to punch away the danger, then moments later the winger curled a shot narrowly wide.

Hawkes then had to be alert, peddling-back quickly and tip a cross-come-shot from Hill, up and over the bar and out for a corner.

United did well to hold the lead, with City having the better of the closing 15 minutes, Dan Lawrence twice going close for the visitors.

Right at the death in the third minute of injury time, Kamurasi with a terrific save ensured his third consecutive clean sheet to help Ashford to the three points.