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Canterbury City 23/1/16 Won 3-2

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 23rd January 2016

Ashford progress in entertaining senior trophy tie

Match Stats

Date: Sat 23 Jan 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Kent Senior Trophy

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 3-2

Score (HT): 2-2

Referee: Ollie Butcher

Assistants: Steve Martin & Benjamin Bowles

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Canterbury City:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert
Charlie Dickens
Jack Healey (off 68)
Luke Cuthbert
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer (off 83)
Mikey Dalton
Ellis Green (off 52)
Paul Booth
Tasar Hassan

Substitutes (used *)
Shaun Welford * (on 52)
Michael Phillips * (on 68)
Danny Lye
George Savage * (on 83)
Nick Luen (gk)

CANTERBURY CITY
Nick Shaw
Chris Webber
Jamie Bosio
Sam Staunton (off 30)
Liam Hrehorow
Ben Gorham
Dave Pilcher
Rob Lawrence (off 76)
Matthew Martin (off 83)
Casey Jordan
Sam Hallett

Substitutes (used *)
Dom Snee * (on 83)
Chevan Xavier * (on 30)
Stuart Fitchie
Ryan Birch (gk)
Michael Hurcombe * (on 76)


Ashford United

George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert
Charlie Dickens
Jack Healey (off 68)
Luke Cuthbert
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer (off 83)
Mikey Dalton
Ellis Green (off 52)
Paul Booth
Tasar Hassan



Substitutes

Shaun Welford * (on 52)
Michael Phillips * (on 68)
Danny Lye
George Savage * (on 83)
Nick Luen (gk)

Canterbury City

Nick Shaw
Chris Webber
Jamie Bosio
Sam Staunton (off 30)
Liam Hrehorow
Ben Gorham
Dave Pilcher
Rob Lawrence (off 76)
Matthew Martin (off 83)
Casey Jordan
Sam Hallett



Substitutes

Dom Snee * (on 83)
Chevan Xavier * (on 30)
Stuart Fitchie
Ryan Birch (gk)
Michael Hurcombe * (on 76)

Attendance: 158

Ashford United ensured it was the landlords who progressed to the last four of the Kent Reliance Kent Senior Trophy, following their 3-2 victory over tenants Canterbury City at the Homelands.

City though more than played their part in an entertaining match in front of a crowd of 158, which was exactly the same number that witnessed a 2-0 league win for Canterbury over Tunbridge Wells last week.

The opening goal came on 13 minutes from Ashford with the first meaningful attack of the match, after Ryan Palmer delivered a beautiful long pass to pick out debutant Tasar Hassan on the right-wing. The 24 year-old former Hythe man – who joined United from Whitstable in the week – laid the ball into the path of Paul Booth, whose low cross was turned into the net by Sam Staunton, under pressure from Palmer, who had looked to finish the move he started.

City struck back just two minutes later when Sam Hallett got behind the defence to fire past George Kamurasi to make it 1-1.

Ashford almost went back in front but Palmer was unable to connect with a knock down by Booth after a good move down the right by the Nuts & Bolts.

It was though Canterbury who struck next with a fine finish by Rob Lawrence on 29 minutes, who blasted into the right hand corner of the net, despite Kamurasi getting a touch on the ball, as worryingly the Ashford defence went AWOL.

Five minutes before the break Booth laid a neat through ball into the path of Palmer, who showed great composure to restore parity, after teasing the ball away from Nick Shaw and reach double figures for the season.

Despite being a bit off colour in the first 45 minutes, Ashford should have taken the lead, but with an open goal at his mercy Booth headed wide after good work once again by the ever dangerous Palmer.

Canterbury looking for a rare victory over Ashford saw a curling free-kick from Jordan Casey narrowly miss the target on 50 minutes.

This was probably the wake up call the Nuts & Bolts needed, as from that point they started to gain control of the contest, especially when Shaun Welford entered the fray after 52 minutes, followed by Michael Phillips later in the half.

City keeper Shaw was a lucky boy to escape without a sending off, after upending an onrushing Booth, this came from a swift counter attack that just seconds earlier had seen referee Ollie Butcher wave away protests from the home side who appealed in vain for a penalty.

It was certainly a rush of blood by the new custodian for City, but he composed himself to save well from Hassan from the resultant free-kick.

Shortly afterwards later Jamie Bosio was lucky not to have his name taken for a clumsy challenge just inside his own half. The free-kick despite being such a long distance from goal was drifted into the box by Mikey Dalton, but a combination of Shaw and the crossbar prevented a third goal for Ashford.

Ashford despite being in the ascendancy then saw City fluff chances by Casey and Lawrence, before they took the lead after 76 minutes through the impressive Booth, although much credit should go to Hassan, who fashioned a number of opportunities throughout the afternoon.

With the ball close to the touchline Hassan did well to keep the ball in play, before threading the ball to Booth, who with one touch controlled the ball before beating the onrushing Shaw and make it 3-2.

Booth should have secured a quick-fire double, but somehow hit the outside of the right post from the penalty spot after he himself had been bundled over inside the box after 82 minutes.

As the game drew to a close, George Savage as debut substitute enjoyed a marauding run at the City defence, before Hassan fired over the crossbar after good interplay with Phillips as Ashford searched for a fourth.

Ashford who have played only cup matches since the turn of the year, face the big one next Saturday when Dunston UTS make the long trip from Gateshead in the Fifth Round last 16 FA Vase clash.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall