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7/10/17 Sittingbourne Lost 0-3

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 9th October 2017

Swift FA Trophy exit for United

Match Stats

Date: Sat 7 Oct 2017

Kick Off: 3:00pm

Match Type: FA Trophy

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 0-3

Score (HT): 0-1

Goalscorers (Sittingbourne): Kane Rowland (29,70), David Smith (90)

Referee: Ryan Head

Assistants: Joshua Howard & Piotr Zachwieja


Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None


Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Adam Phillips
Brandon Williams
Charlie Sharp
Luke Eldridge
Pat Kingwell
Michael Phillips (off 76)
Ben Davisson
Max Watters (off 68)
Matt Day
Tyrell Richardson-Brown


Isaac Boateng * (on 76)
Clark Woodcock
Jon Difford
Joe Bingham
Connor Westney * (on 68)


Daren Hawkes
Chris Webber
Laurence Ball
Oliver Brown
Ben Gorham
John Coker
Kane Phillip (off 53)
Tyrone Guthrie (off 54)
Kane Rowland (off 76)
Miles Cornwell
Gil Carvaho


Mobolaji Dawodu * (on 54)
Tom Loynes * (on 53)
David Smith * (on 76)
Chris Elliott
Lex Allan

Attendance: 325

Ashford United’s first venture into the FA Trophy was short lived when they were easily beaten at home against Kent rivals Sittingbourne, who ran out winners by a 3-0 margin.

There is a worrying pattern emerging for the Nuts & Bolts who once again were bereft of ideas and shots on target throughout a lack lustre afternoon of cup football.

It is far cry from the goal fest in recent seasons, with the shot shy hosts having now drawn a blank on 11 occasions whilst scoring just nine times in 15 competitive matches thus far.

The home side though really should have taken the lead in the 15th minute when Max Watters produced a burst of speed into the box only to shoot well wide of the target.

The Brickies though are enjoying a good season and currently lie in 2nd spot in the Isthmian League South and once they had scored the opener on 29 minutes there only ever looked likely to be one winner.

Gil Carvaho cut in from the right wing to hit a low drive which George Kamurasi could only parry into the path of onrushing striker Kane Rowland who poked the rebound home from close range.

In the second-half, the visitors saw Oliver Brown try his luck but Kamurasi was easily able to gather the ball, then substitute Mobolaji Dawodu headed into the side netting from an acute angle.

Ben Davisson reacted quickest after a poor clearance from goalkeeper Daren Hawkes, but with the keeper off his line the effort sailed wide of the open goal.

Ashford though never looked likely to arrest the initiative from the high flying visitors, who duly doubled the lead after 70 minutes when Rowland chipped the ball over Kamurasi to make it a double for the livewire centre forward.

Well on top, the Brickies saw Tom Loynes miss two good chances whilst a rasping effort from Miles Cornwell narrowly cleared the crossbar.

A rare sortie for the hosts towards goal saw Hawkes push the ball onto the post which then rebounded back to him to deny Tyrell Richardson-Brown.

Then in the final minute substitute David Smith was quickest to react to a loose ball with United unable to clear their lines from a corner-kick, which heralded a swift departure for the home fans out of the exit.

The defeat leaves Ashford without any distractions now with just the league to concentrate on for the remainder of the season.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall