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Lordswood 22/9/15 Drew 1-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 23rd September 2015

Points shared in opening 3g midweek match at Homelands

Match Stats

Date: Tue 22 Sep 2015

Kick Off: 7.45pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 1-1

Score (HT): 1-0

Referee: Leigh Judd

Assistants: Matt McCaughan & Don Macleod

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
Dan Eason
Tony Browne
Luke Cuthbert
Dave Cook
Danny Lye
Pat Kingwell
Ryan Palmer (off 88)
Michael Phillips
Shaun Welford
Paul Booth
Chris Elliott

Substitutes (used *)
Jamie Bosio
Josh Woolley
Michael Yianni * (on 88)
Darren Marsden
Nick Luen

LORDSWOOD
Sam L’Anson
Jack Hope
Danny Smith (off 81)
Jack Healey
Aaron Singh-Sekhon
Sam Hayes
Timmy Babington
Nick Gonsalves
Jack Howlett (off 71)
Grant Brown (off 49)
Enoch Adeji

Substitutes (used *)
Calum Comerford
Alex Kendall
Shaquile Richards * (on 81)
Nad Nwitu * (on 49)
Ben Francis * (on 71)


Attendance: 155

Ashford United’s season is final underway at the Homelands and following a 1-2 loss at home to Erith Town on Saturday, they hoped for better in their first match under the floodlights against Lordswood, but in the end the sides earned a point each from a keenly contested 1-1 draw.

In a fast paced match on the new 3G pitch, the home side took the lead in the 15th minute when experienced striker Shaun Welford headed home for his fourth goal of the campaign, after getting on the end of a great delivered cross from Tony Browne.

However Lordswood were always in the game and created plenty of chances, Jack Healey and Jack Howlett going close to finding an equaliser, whilst for Ashford Paul Booth got his legs in a tangle when in on goal and the end failed to get any real purchase on the shot.

In the second period Lordswood again came on strong, Danny Smith warming the hands of Dan Eason with a crisp shot on 53 minutes, which the new custodian – one of four goalkeepers, already used thus far – managed to palm away.

The visitors drew level three minutes later, when one of the smallest men on the field, substitute Nad Nwitu converted a Smith corner with his head from barely two yards out.

Chances were shared as the game wore on, but Ashford lacked any real cohesion, perhaps in a season of upheaval which has seen a change of Manager and no less than 30 players used in only nine matches, this is hardly surprising.

One of those 30 players is Ryan Palmer, who looked impressive on the right side of midfield and having made his debut on Saturday was given a full start and was easily the Nuts & Bolts best player on the night.

United though had reason to be aggrieved, having had a goal disallowed, the officials then missed a handball inside the penalty area, before failing to take proper action against visiting goalkeeper L’Anson who clearly feigned injury as they game drew to a close, following a altercation with Dave Cook.

As the match reached stoppage time Welford glanced the foot of the post, Danny Lye also headed inches wide, then when the final whistle blew the tetchy end to game flared up once more to end a disappointing evening for the home side which saw them slip to 8th in the table.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall