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Croydon 19/3/16 Won 2-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 19th March 2016

Dickens and Welford strike in entertaining contest

Match Stats

Date: Sat 19 Mar 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 2-0

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Michael Chard

Assistants: S Rowedder & M Cheeseman

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
George Kamurasi
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Chris Saunders (off 55)
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Mikey Dalton (off 66)
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford
Tom Fagg (off 55)
Tasar Hassan

Substitutes (used *)
Josh Woolley * (on 66)
Luke Cuthbert
Paul Booth * (on 55)
Adam Cuthbert
Michael Phillips * (on 55)

CROYDON
Francis Ameyew
Arafat Kajumbi
Steve Alford
Aaron Leacock
Harry Brockman
Tyrece Scott-Riley
Elliott Miles (off 55)
Andy Mott
Tony Halsey
Tristan Toney
Lauris Chin

Substitutes (used *)
Nana Mensah * (on 55)
Danny Carpanini (gk)


Attendance: 145

Ashford United had to work hard for the points against a battling Croydon side, but in the end ran out 2-0 winners on another cold Saturday at the Homelands.

The result it seems was a popular one, as five of the eight matches played in the Southern Counties East league ended in the same score.

Shaun Welford struck a minute from time, after Charlie Dickens had scored a first-half opener for the Nuts & Bolts.

The visitors though who lie just one spot off the bottom of the table, more than played a part in an entertaining tussle, but lacked the composure in front of goal to take anything from the game.

There were plenty of chances throughout the 90 minutes, the tone set in the second minute when Tom Fagg turned well only to shoot wide of the target.

Two minutes later saw the Trams number five Harry Brockman shown a yellow card after a poorly timed tackle.

George Kamurasi tipped a shot from Tony Halsey round the post, after a mistake by Chris Saunders presented the striker with a good opportunity.

Fagg and Welford combined well to release Tasar Hassan, whose decent cross then found Welford but the header was off target.

It soon became 1-0 when Welford’s throw deep into the box was missed by Fagg, but lurking at the far post Dickens was on hand to stab the ball home after 28 minutes to give the home side the lead.

A couple of minutes later Welford was denied by goalkeeper Francis Ameyew, who advanced well from his line to smother a well drilled shot.

Shortly afterwards, Croydon went close when Elliott Miles picked out Tristan Toney who was unlucky to see his deft header glance off the post.

In the second period, Ameyew once again thwarted Welford with another fine save, whilst Dickens saw a glancing header from a Hassan free-kick go narrowly wide.

The Trams who have scored just 30 league goals all season missed a golden chance to level things after 68 minutes, but having rounded Kamurasi, Lauris Chin fluffed his lines, as with an open goal at his mercy he contrived to somehow shoot wide.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Brockman felled Hassan , the number five would probably have avoided a second yellow card, but the clumsy tackle came just moments after having been spoken to by the referee.

Chin then thought he had scored, but a late flag by the stand side assistant referee saw his celebrations muted having found the net.

Substitute Nana Mensah fired a spectacular volley toward goal as the Trams battled hard to try and equalise.

United though always looked dangerous on the attack George Savage picked out Welford, but the striker was unable to pick out any team mate having found his way to the edge of the box.

Paul Booth saw a clean strike cleared off the line by Aaron Leacock, before picking out Welford whose header bounced off the crossbar.

Welford settled things in the 89th minute when he latched onto good work from the hard working Hassan, to finally get past Ameyew and notch his 28th goal of an excellent season.

In the third minute of stoppage time substitute Michael Phillips cracked a powerful shot which appeared destined for the net, only for Ameyew to once again produce a smart save.

Danny Lye will no doubt be pleased to collect the three points, as despite being deducted 10 points at the start of the week, the team are still showing the commitment and desire to succeed.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall