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23/9/17 Guernsey Won 3-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 25th September 2017

United find their goal touch for second league victory

Match Stats

Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017

Kick Off: 1:00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 3-0

Score (HT): 0-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Tyrell Richardson-Brown (47),Matt Day (49),George Humber (80)

Referee: Steven Hughes

Assistants: Wayne Webb & Dominic Barlow

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Guernsey:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Luke Eldridge
Charlie Sharp
Jon Difford
Joe Bingham
Pat Kingwell
Michael Phillips (off 56)
Ben Davisson
Isaac Boateng (off 86)
Matt Day (off 60)
Tyrell Richardson-Brown



Substitutes

Adam Phillips
Brandon Williams
George Humber * (on 60)
David Botterill * (on 56)
Connor Westney * (on 86)

Guernsey

Callum Stanton
Keanu Marsh (off 62)
Jamie Dodd
Frank Tobin
Harry Tobin
Thomas Dodds
Dave Rihoy
Tom De La Mare
Kyle Smith (off 59)
Charlton Gauvin (off 76)
Matt Loaring



Substitutes

Sebastian Skillen * (on 76)
Paris Pereira * (on 59)
Dominic Heaume * (on 62)

Attendance: 258

Ashford United moved up a couple of places in the table with a much needed win over fellow strugglers Guernsey, to send the Channel Islanders to the foot of the table.

Having scored just one goal in six league and cup matches since late August, United finally found their goal touch as three second-half strikes helped them record their second Isthmian league win of the campaign.

It may have been a different story though had George Kamurasi not performed heroics to keep the visitors at bay in the opening period with a number of good saves.

Guernsey though were left to regret their paucity in front of goal, when two minutes after the break Tyrell Richardson-Brown with a crisp finish opened the scoring.

The lead was quickly doubled when Matt Day let fly with a real left-foot cracker which fairly flew into the top right-hand corner just 90 seconds later, before substitute George Humber opened his account 10 minutes from time.

Not surprisingly it was a nervy start by both sides with neither keeper seriously tested in a cagey opening 20 minutes with the best chance failing to Joe Bingham who shot narrowly past the post.

Dave Rihoy for Guernsey cut in from the left but his left-footed effort failed to trouble Kamurasi, Ben Davisson then made a complete hash of a good free-kick opportunity for the hosts with the ball rolling along the ground into the feet of the wall.

Matt Loaring was twice denied by Kamurasi then Loaring pounced on an error from Jon Difford only to see the Ashford number one race from his line to once more prevent a goal.

As the opening half drew to a close, impressive debutant Isaac Boateng was thwarted when Callum Stanton stood firm between the sticks to keep the score to 0-0 at the break.

Having been comfortably second best in the opening period, United suddenly sparked into life as Richardson-Brown found himself in space to fire in the opener on 47 minutes from the edge of the box.

Day’s strike was an even better one and arguably the best individual goal seen so far this season which gave Stanton no chance as it rifled past him.

The impetus was now clearly with the Nuts & Bolts who suddenly looked like scoring at every opportunity. Boateng curled a shot over the crossbar then Richardson-Brown latched onto a rebound only to be denied by a goal line clearance from alert defender Frank Tobin.

Guernsey clearly deflated and with barely a sniff of a chance as the game wore on, conceded a third on 80 minutes, as Humber beat the offside trap to hold off Thomas Dodds before finishing well into the bottom left hand-corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Quite what was in the half-time tea no one knows, but it was enough to see United double their paltry league goal tally in 45 minutes of much improved football.

United travel to Winches’ Field to face Herne Bay on Tuesday evening, but due to Phoenix Sports involvement the FA Cup, United are without a game next Saturday.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall