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24/9/16 Hollands & Blair Won 3-0

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 25th September 2016

Three goals enough to see off Hollands & Blair as United ease to comfortable victory

Match Stats

Date: Sat 24 Sep 2016

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Star Meadow Sports, Darland Avenue, Gillingham

Score (FT): 3-0

Score (HT): 1-0

Goalscorers (Ashford): Rory Hill (28), Shaun Welford (61, 67)

Referee: James Hurst

Assistants: Mark Cheeseman & Callum Wright

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: George Savage (35), Tom Michelson (57)

Red Cards: George Savage (70)

Hollands & Blair:
Yellow Cards: Gary Lockyer (41), Ross Webb (61)

Red Cards: None

Teams:

Ashford United

Nic Taylor
George Savage
Charlie Dickens
Tom Michelson
Stuart West
Pat Kingwell
Brett Ince (off 67)
Ben Davisson
Shaun Welford (off 78)
Luke Miller
Rory Hill



Substitutes

Luke Eldridge
Ryan Palmer (on 67)
Danny Lye
Owen Mcleod (gk)
Tom Fagg (on 78)

Hollands & Blair

Paul Piggott
Justin Ascheri (off 21)
Bryan Greenfield (off 67)
Sam Prescott
Josh Baron (off 78)
Tom Staff
Ross Webb
Jack Simon
James McDonald
Gary Lockyer
Louis Valencia



Substitutes

Jack A’Court (on 21)
George Hadley (on 67)
Sam Gutridge (on 78)
Sam Adgie

Attendance: 123

Ashford United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at previously unbeaten Hollands & Blair, to maintain their 100% winning run, from the five league matches played away from the Homelands thus far this season.

As expected it was a competitive contest against a side in a rich vein of form, but a first-half Rory Hill strike, followed by a second-half brace from Shaun Welford saw the side ease to victory, this despite being reduced to 10 men for the last twenty minutes.

It seemed even the Referee James Hurst was keen to get the match started, as it kicked off early at 2.56 pm and almost immediately Ashford were on the attack, causing the hosts problem after problem.

Greenwich Borough Academy player Luke Miller was particularly outstanding on his debut, a real livewire in midfield behind the majority of the best moves of the afternoon.

Veteran goalkeeper Paul Piggott for the home side was called into action in the 13th minute when he produced a good save to deny Brett Ince.

Whilst Ashford dominated proceedings, they very nearly went behind, but survived thanks to a combination of the woodwork and Nic Taylor in goal. Taylor having been drafted in on loan from Southern Combination Premier league Haywards Heath, as cover for the absent George Kamurasi.

It would fair to say though that Piggott was clearly the busier of the two custodians, whilst Pat Kingwell and Stuart West performed so well, that prolific striker James McDonald had a very quiet afternoon.

Miller almost found the net from an acute angle, whilst Ben Davisson saw an effort headed off the line, as United pressed forward.

It came as little surprise when the Nuts & Bolts took the lead in the 28th, thanks to a well struck low and hard effort from Hill some 25-yards out.

In the 35th minute George Savage collected a yellow-card, followed six minutes later by former United player Gary Lockyer, much predicted by several of the travelling support.

First-half injury time saw Savage try his luck from the halfway line, Piggott though just about did enough, then moments later reacted well, diving low to deny Hill.

Shaun Welford was prevented twice from doubling the lead, as Piggott defied his years to pull off two great saves inside sixty seconds, the second particularly outstanding from close range.

However Welford didn’t have to wait long to find the net and make it 2-0, connecting with a powerful header after 61 minutes, from Davisson’s corner-kick, which all came about following a mistake from Blair player-manager Bryan Greenfield.

Six minutes later the points were secured when Welford used his experience to control the ball, find space and thump an unstoppable shot past Piggott, to reach double figures for the season.

On 70 minutes Ashford were reduced to 10 men, when Savage was dismissed following a second yellow card offence.

It made little difference to proceedings as United continued in the ascendancy, the problems for the home side only added to when Ryan Palmer was brought on, as several times his mazy runs almost added to the goal tally.

Taylor made sure of a clean sheet when he saved a header from Lockyer, having been grateful moments earlier to West, who headed off the line to prevent a consolation goal from Sam Prescott.

Ashford face another stern test on the road, when they travel to leaders AFC Croydon Athletic next Saturday, before hosting Deal Town in a midweek encounter.