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Corinthian 10/2/15 Won 3-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 11th February 2015

Early goals send United to third in table, as Zanone reaches 30 for the season

Match Stats

Date: Tue 10 Feb 2015

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: The Homelands

Score (FT): 3-1

Score (HT): 3-0

Referee: Leigh Judd

Assistants: Jak Hill & Jack Fagg

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
Joe Mant
Adam Cuthbert
Luke Cuthbert
Lee Winfield (off 67)
Liam Walsh
Pat Kingwell
Gary Clarke
Michael Phillips
Stuart Zanone
Tom Scorer (off 60)
Liam Whiting (off 83)

Substitutes (used *)
Ollie Finch * (on 83)
Michael Smissen
Gary Mickelborough * (on 60)
Keiran Byrne * (on 67)
Jordan Harris

CORINTHIAN
Sam L’Anson
Adam Cooper (off 46)
Tom Carsle
Josh James
Marcus Evans
Nathan Palmer
Jack Billings
Jack Mahoney
Luke Tanner
Grant Brown (off 73)
George Humber

Substitutes (used *)
Erik Astrom * (on 73)
Nad Nwitu * (on 46)


Attendance: 140

Ashford United extended their winning streak in the league to seven matches thanks to three goals in the opening 23 minutes, which pretty much ended the match as contest. The victory thereby lifting them to third position in the table and go above opponents Corinthian, who had occupied the spot at kick-off.

Visitors Corinthian started the brighter of the two and were almost gifted a goal in the opening minute, but goalkeeper Joe Mant was relieved that the opportunity wasn’t taken after his rare error.

The referee then spotted an infringement just inside the penalty area as United attacked and had little hesitation in pointing to the spot. Leading scorer Stuart Zanone then drilled a firmly struck penalty into the net past Sam L’Anson and score in the league for the 10th consecutive match.

Six minutes later the lead was doubled, Tom Scorer did well to find Liam Whiting who notched his third goal in five matches with a crisply struck finish, in the latter stages though, Whiting was to leave the field with a nose injury, possibly a break.

Goal number three soon followed and once again it was that man Zanone, who with a great run surged into the box to collect a through the ball from Michael Phillips to calmly slot home , for his third brace in as many matches, thus taking his tally to 30 for the season.

Shell shocked Corinthian never seriously threatened in the opening period although George Humber watched on as a chance went begging when his scuffed effort bobbled beyond the post. Nathan Palmer looked lively for them, but his final ball proved less productive seemingly running out of ideas when it really mattered.

At times with Ashford looking comfortable the game resembled a training match, so maybe it was to be expected that they might ease their foot off the pedal in the second half.

Some slack defending 10 minutes from time saw the visitors pull a goal back through Josh James who suddenly sensed perhaps they could stage a dramatic fight back.

However it was the home side looking most likely of the two to score, as twice in a matter a seconds they came close to adding a fourth. L’Anson doing well to prevent a Zanone hat-trick, before the leading marksman couldn’t quite find the net from the acutest of angles after being forced wide by the keeper.

Ashford have responded well since being brushed aside so easily by Norwich United in the FA Vase and whilst Phoenix Sports are pretty much nailed on champions, runners-up spot is still attainable if the form can be maintained throughout the remainder of the campaign.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall