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Canterbury City 26/12/15 Won 2-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 27th December 2015

Landlords on top as league double completed

Match Stats

Date: Sat 26 Dec 2015

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 2-0

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Louise Saunders

Assistants: Stephen Rowedder & Mark Graves

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert
Chris Ellliott (off 7)
Mikey Dalton
Luke Cuthbert
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer
Michael Phillips
Shaun Welford (off 38)
Sebastian Schoburgh (off 85)
Dan Stubbs

Substitutes (used *)
Josh Woolley
Jack Healey * (on 7)
Paul Booth * (on 38)
Ellis Green
Tom Fagg * (on 85)

CANTERBURY CITY
Shannon Harris
Matthew Martin
Chris Webber
Sam Staunton
Ben Gorham
Lee Oliver
Chevan Xavier
David Pilcher
Rob Lawrence (off 67)
Jordan Casey (off 77)
Ryan Phillpott

Substitutes (used *)
Sam Callender * (on 67)
Joe Halford * (on 77)
Dan Lawrence
Ben Smith
Ryan Birch


Attendance: 260

Ashford United continue to hold sway over Canterbury City, thanks to a goal in each half which saw them complete the league double over their Homelands tenants, with a repeat of the 2-0 score over them earlier in the season.

The Boxing Day victory thereby making it five wins and a draw for the Nuts & Bolts since the long term rivals renewed league acquaintances during season 2013-14.

Canterbury though who are enjoying a decent season, failed to capitalise when Ashford were reduced to 10 men after 57 minutes, following the dismissal of Dan Stubbs as the home side ended with less than 11 players for the second successive match.

The hosts took the lead on 25 minutes when Jack Healey latched onto a loose ball to fire home from close range, after Michael Phillips had lofted a free-kick deep into the box, which City failed to clear following a knock down by Shaun Welford.

Healey with his second goal in Ashford colours, having come off the bench in just the seventh minute when Chris Elliott limped out of the match, which caused an early re-shuffle in defence for the Nuts & Bolts.

Five minutes later Rob Lawrence and Stubbs both collected a yellow card from referee Louise Saunders after a bad tackle by the City number nine on Stubbs, who reacted angrily to the challenge, which he would later regret.

Ashford went looking for a second and their intricate passing game was in evidence, particularly with Phillips once again pulling the strings in midfield for the home side.

Just before the break Shannon Harris did well to deny Sebastian Schoburgh, before Stubbs fired one over the bar from close range.

In terms of attacking play City more than matched Ashford but lacked the panache needed when it most mattered, Ryan Philpot spurning a good chance early into the second-half. Although Jordan Casey was unlucky to see a powerful header ping back off the post, with keeper George Kamurasi grateful for the intervention of the woodwork.

Ashford were forced to play the final third of the match with 10 men after poor discipline saw Stubbs receive a second yellow of the afternoon after being involved in an altercation.

The visitors though could not make their superiority in numbers count and went further behind after 68 minutes after conceding a needless free-kick just inside their own half.

Dead ball specialist Phillips launched the ball into the danger area, but under pressure from Pat Kingwell, the ball glanced off the head of Ben Gorham into his own net to double the lead for the home side.

Paul Booth nearly capped a fine move but his spectacular attempt at a volley didn’t quite come off as Ashford searched for a third goal. Whilst Philpott was guilty again on two occasions as he failed to test Kamurasi, as City looked to halve the deficit.

Kamurasi then pulled off a great save to tip a long range effort from David Pilcher past the post, before Joe Halford and an off colour Phillpott again missed the target.

As the 90 minute mark was reached Kamurasi somehow clawed a goal bound effort from Sam Callender up and over the bar with the save of the match, to ensure a clean sheet and three points for United.

United now don’t have a home match currently scheduled for another six weeks, when Erith & Belvedere visit on Saturday 6 February.

They do however as the visitors face Canterbury City on Saturday 23 January, when the pair meet once more at the Homelands, in Southern Counties East League Challenge Cup quarter final tie.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall