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Sevenoaks Town 31/10/15 Drew 1-1

Match Report by Kevin Hall posted on 31st October 2015

A fair result as United and Sevenoaks end all square

Match Stats

Date: Sat 31 Oct 2015

Kick Off: 3.00pm

Match Type: Southern Counties East Football League

Venue: Homelands

Score (FT): 1-1

Score (HT): 0-1

Referee: Richard Joss

Assistants: Tim Amans & Ryan Chantril-Smith

Bookings:

Ashford:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

:
Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Teams: ASHFORD UNITED
George Kamurasi
Adam Cuthbert
Chris Elliott
Jack Healey
Luke Cuthbert
Pat Kingwell
Josh Woolley (off 38)
Mikey Dalton
Shaun Welford
Paul Booth (off 67)
Ellis Green (off 85)

Substitutes (used *)
Sebastian Schoburgh * (on 67)
Tom Fagg * (on 85)
Danny Lye
Jamie Bosio
Michael Phillips * (on 38)

SEVENOAKS TOWN
Scott Chalmers-Stevens
Tom Skelton
Reece Butler
Chris Edwards (off 69)
John Lord
Tom Ripley
Jack Miles
Steve Camacho
Stuart Zanone
Adrian Stone (off 74)
Adam Marsh (off 62)

Substitutes (used *)
Reiss Powell * (on 62)
Jack Baines
Michael Fahm * (on 74)
Josh Gilbert * (on 69)
Martin Debrah


Attendance: 266

It was honours even at the Homelands as Ashford United made sure of a share of the points with Sevenoaks Town, thanks to a second half equaliser from substitute Michael Phillips. The visitors though proved stiffer opposition than a fortnight ago in the Kent Senior Trophy, taking the lead in 21st minute via a penalty, converted by Chris Edwards.

Ashford were missing the dangerous Ryan Palmer whilst Phillips started on the bench, so for the opening period failed to stamp their authority on the match. Surprisingly with Palmer out, Jamie Bosio failed to make the starting line-up much to the bemusement of the healthy 266 attendance.

After an even opening 20 minutes which saw numerous chances for both sides, but perhaps without really testing either goalkeeper, Edwards after being felled inside the box sent George Kamurasi the wrong way from the spot to put the Oaks 1-0 up. The same player really should have doubled the lead shortly afterwards but blasted horribly over the bar from close range.

Seven minutes before the break, Manager Danny Lye took the correct action to introduce Phillips in place of Josh Woolley, who understandably was upset by the decision. Young Woolley’s time of course will come, but if Ashford were to gain anything from the game, then playmaker Phillips needed to be on the pitch.

Ashford had created several first half chances but when called into action former Ashford Town keeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens stood firm. The experienced 29 year-old, made 31 appearances under Steve Lovell during the final season 2009-10, including the last ever game the club played versus Chatham Town.

Ashford chances fell to Welford whose header from a Green cross hit the outside of the post, Phillips fired straight at Chalmers-Stevens then Mikey Dalton weaved his way into the box but couldn’t quite find a way to goal, whilst Paul Booth fired over the bar.

Ellis Green was always a menace to the visiting defence but all too often his crosses, although finding Shaun Welford, were perhaps hit too deep across the 18-yard box. But after 61 minutes he cut in from the right to thread a delightful pass through to Phillips, who finished neatly to restore parity.

Sevenoaks though always looked dangerous on the break as 47-goal United hero Stuart Zanone – who will forever be a favourite at the Homelands – fired well wide. There then followed an almighty scramble as Ashford came close, which ended with Chalmers-Stevens and Phillips virtually lying on the ball on the goal line, as somehow the visitors kept the scores level.

Chalmers-Stevens then denied Phillips with his feet, whilst Pat Kingwell rose well from a corner to head inches wide.

As the clock ticked into the final minutes both sides could have stolen the points, Kamurasi produced the save of the match by diving to his right to thwart Michael Fahms, then moments later Welford glanced a great chance wide. Then in an end to end finish, Fahm picked out Zanone, whose sweetly struck shot was intercepted by a timely block from the impressive Dalton.

Although Ashford came on stronger as the game wore on, both sides had chances to seal the points, so in the end a 1-1 draw was probably a fair result.

Next Saturday Ashford host Crowborough Athletic in another Southern Counties East League clash.

Match Reporter Kevin Hall