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Greenwich Borough 7/2/15 Won 4-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 8th February 2015

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Match Stats

Date: Sat 7 Feb 2015

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Princes Park, Dartford

Score (FT): 4-1

Score (HT): 3-0

Referee: Emmanuel Nketiah

Assistants: Mike Ingram & Daren Rudd

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
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Gary Clarke
Tom Scorer (off 63)
Stuart Zanone (off 83)
Darren Marsden (off 73)
LiamWhiting

Substitutes (used *)
Ollie Finch * (on 63)
Andy Irvine
Liam Walsh * (on 83)
Gary Mickelborough * (on 73)
Keiran Byrne

GREENWICH BOROUGH
Craig Holloway
Chris Edwards
Gary Borrowdale
Chris Saunders (off 46)
Aaron Day (off 80)
Danny Young
Eisa Alexander
Gary Alexander
Billy Bennett
Scott Kinch (off 61)
Jake Britnall

Substitutes (used *)
Jamie Wood * (on 46)
Lewis Wood
Danny Phillips * (on 61)
Paul Vines * (on 80)
Jack Clark


Attendance: 117

Ashford United scored four well taken goals to secure the points over Greenwich Borough, but it was a hard worked victory and a one that they had to soak up the majority of the pressure throughout the 90 minutes.

Make no mistake about Ashford deserved to win against big spending Boro to leap frog above Tunbridge Wells to 4th in the table.

They were given the perfect start inside three minutes, when Liam Whiting unleashed an unstoppable shot from at least 25 yards out to completely stun home goalkeeper Craig Holloway.

From then it was all hands to the pump as Boro piled on the pressure, Joe Mant denied the dangerous Eisa Alexander from close range who then also headed over the bar. In between Tom Scorer almost doubled the lead but his well struck shot rebounded back off the upright with Holloway once again well beaten.

Ashford were grateful more than once to the Cuthbert brothers Adam & Luke as well as to the central defensive pairing of Danny Lye and Pat Kingwell who were outstanding in thwarting the Greenwich onslaught.

Mant then pulled off a great save to thwart the sweet left foot of Gary Borrowdale, the ball bobbled around and a return shot was blocked before eventually the threat was cleared.

It was that sort of game, so it was therefore somewhat against the run of play that United added a second when Gary Clarke rose virtually unmarked, to head home a well floated Darren Marsden free-kick for his first goal since an opening day of the season hat-trick.

Then six minutes later it became 3-0 when Marsden set off down the right wing, his well delivered teasing pass eluded the defence to find prolific Stuart Zanone and the usual outcome followed when he fired the ball home.

The lead remained intact at the half-time break, although a Borrowdale free-kick right on the edge of the box was an escape for Ashford when it pinged back off the crossbar.

Whiting having earlier received a yellow card was perhaps fortunate not to collect a second in the 43rd minute for an over zealous challenge. He failed though to heed this final warning, when he did indeed get his marching orders three minutes after the re-start.

The ten men of Ashford however made it 4-0 almost immediately from the dismissal, when a breakaway involving Marsden and Zanone, led to the lead scoring drawing the keeper wide and slotting home for 21st goal in 11 appearances, having scored now in nine consecutive league matches.

Despite a four goal lead Ashford were still under the cosh but still looked dangerous when going forward, Mant saved well from former Beckenham player Jake Britnall, whilst Clarke fired wide as United almost found a fifth.

Greenwich though got a foot hold in the match on 68 minutes when substitute Danny Phillips drilled home a crisp low shot past Mant.

The final 20 minutes saw much Boro possession as twice more the home side fired shots against the post through Billy Bennett and Phillips, but Kingwell was in such outstanding form that there was no way through despite a lot of huffing and puffing.

On the road this will go down as another great victory and three well deserved and hard earned points, United having now recorded six league wins in a row with 24 goals scored.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall

This match report is dedicated to my Dad who passed away during the week after a short illness, my earliest football memories of Ashford Town FC were when he first took me to Essella Park in season 1969-70.