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26/12/17 Sittingbourne Won 3-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 29th December 2017

Boxing Day boost for United

Match Stats

Date: Tue 26 Dec 2017

Kick Off: 1:00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 3-1

Score (HT): 1-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Shomari Barnwell (39), Andrew Dalhouse (55 p), George McLennan (58)

Goalscorers (Sittingbourne): Chris Webber (53)

Referee: Graeme Ions

Assistants: David Joseph & Joseph Dann-Pye

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Sittingbourne:
Yellow Cards: Chris Webber (73), Ben Gorham (79)

Red Cards: None

Teams:


Ashford United

Michael McEntegart
Cheick Toure
Tommy Cooney
Kwabena Osei
Jon Difford
Ryan Richeford
Max Watters
Joe Bingham (off 6)
Andrew Dalhouse (off 78)
Shomari Barnwell (off 90)
George McLennan



Substitutes

James Fitchett
Matt Day * (on 90)
Brandon Williams
Ira Jackson *(on 78)
Rodhell Gordon * (on 6)

Sittingbourne

Harry Brooks
Chris Webber
Salvyn Kisitu
Jide Okimeji (off 62)
Ben Gorham
Lex Allen
Kane Phillip (off 62)
Ben Davisson
Kane Rowland
Miles Cornwell
Mobolaji Dawodu



Substitutes

David Smith * (on 62)
Tyrone Guthrie * (on 62)
Laurence Ball
Chris Elliott
Jordan Carey (gk)

Attendance: 334

There was Boxing Day delight at the Homelands as Ashford United ran out 3-1 winners over Kent rivals Sittingbourne to give the home fans something to cheer over the Christmas period.

The hosts despite still languishing in 23rd spot in the table entered the game in buoyant mood after Andrew Dalhouse had popped up with a least gasp equaliser in the 2-2 draw at VCD Athletic three days earlier.

Meanwhile the Brickies had slipped down to a more realistic mid table position having punched above their weight early season, to be as high as second spot at one stage. It was though the visitors who enjoyed the better of the opening stages, with Miles Cornwell
and Kane Phillip both spurning good chances.

The first-half hour was a fairly cagey and dull affair with little worthwhile action of note happening, with only Dalhouse for the hosts poking the ball wide of the target in the 23rd minute.

The match certainly lacked the usual passion associated with Boxing Day encounters and was a far cry from the mid nineties clashes between the two sides with Neil Cugley and John Ryan at the helm.

The Brickies felt aggrieved, having shouts for a penalty waved away by the referee after Cornwell had burst into the box in some rare action in front of goal.

But six minutes before the break, Shomari Barnwell latched onto a through ball from Dalhouse to fire home off the angle of the far post to give Ashford the lead. Barnwell has now scored in each of his first three appearances for the club, which is a feat only previously achieved by Damien Abel who did so during season 2011-12.

The match sprung to life when the visitors drew level in the 53rd minute after full back Chris Webber had let rip from around 30-yards with an unstoppable shot past Michael McEntegart.

Almost immediately the hosts attacked and saw Rodhell Gordon dance his way into the penalty area to be clipped by Salvyn Kisitu which saw the referee this time point to the spot.

Dalhouse duly blasted the spot-kick into the roof of the net for his fourth goal in six games to restore the lead less than 90 seconds after conceding.

Then five minutes later the visitors were punished by a stunning curling free-kick from 20 yards from the left foot of George McLennan to make it 3-1 to the Nuts & Bolts.

In was the third great goal of the afternoon which was totally out of context with the skill on show during rest of the game, but no one at Homelands was complaining.

United almost added a fourth, when Dalhouse muscled his way into the box only to be denied by the legs of goalkeeper Harry Brooks, then Max Watters set up Barnwell who headed towards goal.

The visitors never showed any likelihood of getting back into the contest after going behind and their misery was compounded when on the breakaway Kane Rowland amused the crowd with a woeful effort.

With the draw at VCD and now a win it means that for the first time United have recorded two unbeaten matches and with bottom club Shoreham up next the unthinkable of three undefeated might just be on the cards.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall