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3/10/17 South Park Lost 0-4

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 5th October 2017

Ashford slip to another league defeat

Match Stats

Date: Tue 3 Oct 2017

Kick Off: 7:45pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 0-4

Score (HT): 0-1

Goalscorers (South Park): Jack Mazzone (36, 65), Jon Difford (58 og), Keiran Lavery (67)

Referee: Joe Stokes

Assistants: Kirsty Dowle & Richard Joss


Yellow Cards: Jon Difford (26), Charlie Dickens (37), Pat Kingwell (85)

Red Cards: David Botterill (76)

South Park:
Yellow Cards: Jake Gill (42), Keiran Lavery (45+1), Josh Gallagher (77)

Red Cards: None


Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Luke Eldridge
Charlie Dickens
David Botterill
Jon Difford
Pat Kingwell
Michael Phillips (off 64)
Ben Davisson
Max Watters
Isaac Boateng (off 86)
Tyrell Richardson-Brown (off 86)


Matt Day * (on 64)
Aaron Lee-Wharton (gk)
Morgan Seaman
Clark Woodcock * (on 86)
Connor Westney * (on 86)

South Park

Callum Thomas
Adam Pullin
Dean Lovegrove
Jake Gill (off 82)
Dylan Merchant
Nathan Ayling
Josh Gallagher
Dan Moody
Kieran Lavery
Chris Smith (off 69)
Jack Mazzone (off 75)


Daniel Stone * (on 82)
Joe Jackson * (on 69)
Ben Senior * (on 75)
Harrison Nicholls

Attendance: 191

A well organised South Park comfortably completed a league double, easing to a 4-0 victory over Ashford United on a disappointing night at the Homelands for the Nuts & Bolts.

In the scheme of things it hardly mattered therefore that David Botterilll was harshly dismissed 14 minutes from time with the result already settled by then.

Having put five past the Nuts & Bolts without reply in August, the Sparks again took control after Jack Mazzone had given them the lead in the 36th minute, before three second-half goals in a nine minute spell ended the contest.

An unfortunate own goal by Jon Difford (58) gifted the visitors a second, then goals from Mazzone (65) quickly followed by Keiran Lavery (67) which added to Ashford’s woes.

The game started in lively fashion as the visitors quickly got into their stride with the predatory Mazzone shooting narrowly wide after five minutes. For United Isaac Boateng and Tyrell Richardson-Brown combined well but with the target in range no meaningful shot was forthcoming and so the chance went begging.

This opportunity typified the play in recent matches as United certainly don’t lack endeavour and at times look lively, but ultimately there is a distinct lack of cohesion once inside the penalty area.

Botterill tried his luck from long-range but cleared the crossbar then Pat Kingwell pulled off a superb tackle to deny the visitors. But the hosts conceded a scruffy goal nine minutes before the break which took a series of ricochets before Mazzone pounced on the loose ball to poke home.

Early in the second period, Ashford finally tested the keeper but Richardson-Brown’s header was comfortably gathered by Callum Thomas who had little else to do throughout the 90 minutes.

Then Difford who otherwise had a decent match, seemingly under no pressure wrong footed George Kamurasi after trying to clear a harmless pass into the box from the pesky Mazzone.

That second goal was a big blow to the Nuts & Bolts who nearly conceded immediately but after a good run into the 18-yard box, Adam Pullin produced a poor shot.

Former Tooting & Mitcham striker Mazzone completed his second brace of the season against Ashford who were undone by the pace of the breakaway, before being made to pay when a neat free kick found the head of an unmarked Lavery to complete the scoring for the evening.

For the home side substitute Matt Day added a bit of needed impetus but it was always South Park who looked the more likely side to add to the goals, twice going close in injury time to matching the 5-0 score back in August.

After the defeat Ashford stay 21st place, whilst South Park now lie in sixth position in the Isthmian League South table.

Next up for Ashford is a visit from league leaders Sittingbourne who travel to the Homelands on Saturday in a tough preliminary round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall