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11/11/17 Hastings United Lost 1-3

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 11th November 2017

Mistakes costly as Ashford slip to another defeat

Match Stats

Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017

Kick Off: 3:00pm

Match Type: Isthmian League South

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 1-3

Score (HT): 0-1

Goalscorers (Ashford): Matt Day (80)

Goalscorers (Hastings United): Callum Davies (40,69,85)

Referee: Marc Meeten

Assistants: Anthony Andrews & Lee Martin-Cramp

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Hastings United:
Yellow Cards: Dayshonne Golding (71)

Red Cards: None

Teams:


Ashford United

Aaron Lee-Wharton
Frazer Walker (off 80)
Tommy Cooney
James Fitchett
Kwabena Osei
Pat Kingwell
Max Watters (off 62)
Ben Davisson (off 75)
Andrew Dalhouse
Joe Bingham
Ira Jackson



Substitutes

Jon Difford * (on 75)
Matt Day * (on 62)
Clark Woodcock * (on 86)
Brandon Williams
Jack Healey

Hastings United

Charlie Horlock
Ollie Rowe
Ollie Black
Adam Lovatt
Rhys Whyborne
Tom Climpson
Davide Rodari (off 75)
Dayshonne Golding (off 72)
Callum Davies
Ansu Janneh
Sam Cruttwell



Substitutes

John Akoto
Tyler Scrafton
George Taggart
Adebola Sotoyinbo * (on 75)
Kenny Pogue * (on 72)

Attendance: 386

The personnel keep changing but the results don’t alter as Ashford slipped to another home defeat, with former Leatherhead striker Callum Davies bagging a hat-trick for Hastings United who ran out 3-1 victors at the Homelands.

The visitors and particularly Davies the grateful recipients of costly mistakes by the hosts, who have picked up just two points out of a possible 30 since beating Guernsey 3-0 on September 23rd.

The Nuts & Bolts had chances to take the lead, but newcomers Andrew Dalhouse and Ira Jackson were guilty of poor first touches with only the keeper to beat.

Then the impressive Max Watters produced a great run to tee up Dalhouse, but his compass wasn’t working and he somehow got in a right old muddle and poked the ball well wide.

There has definitely been a dead ball malaise which has struck Ashford this term and once again United were guilty of not making the visitors pay when given the opportunity, with the returning Jackson wasteful with a free-kick which cleared the crossbar.

The restless home fans bemused as to why Tommy Cooney wasn’t the one in charge of the dead ball situations throughout another 90 minutes of frustration.

United were then made to rue the missed chances when debutant Kwabena Osei dwelt too long the ball thus allowing Davies to curl the ball into the top left-hand corner five minutes before half-time.

Hastings then almost doubled the lead before the break as a great delivered free-kick from Rhys Whyborne picked out Dayshonne Golding who headed just wide.

In the second-half the U’s saw Ansu Janneh work home keeper Aaron Lee-Wharton, before Sam Cruttwell curled a shot just inches wide.

United were then undone by what looked like a harmless punt down the middle of the park, but with Lee-Wharton having advanced too far from his box, it allowed Davies to find the net with ease with 69 minutes played.

Ashford up to this point had offered little going forward in the second period, then saw Frazer Walker set up substitute Jon Difford who scooped the ball narrowly wide.

The hosts though got a lifeline when Dalhouse held off all challenges to slide the ball into the path of substitute Matt Day who bundled the ball home and halve the deficit 10 minutes from time.

But all the hard work to get back into the contest was undone, when the visitors capitalised on a poor corner-kick from Jackson and a swift counter-attack enabled Davies to complete his treble with an astute finish in the 85th minute.

There are those vibes of optimism coming from the top brass at the club that an upturn in fortunes is just around the corner, but with Ashford lying in 23rd position in the table, that elusive win needs to be sooner rather than later.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall