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Rochester United 0 Ashford United 7

Match report from Rochester via Match Reporter John Pease.

Southern Counties East League
Tuesday 8th September 2015
by John Pease.

After the disappointment at Tunbridge Wells, the Ashford fans were hoping that their team would bounce back. They did so in quite spectacular fashion.
From the kick off it was Ashford who dominated the play and this carried on for all of the game. Rochester tried their best, never gave up or lost heart but they were simply blown away by a side who were better, quicker and more experienced in every department.
The time table of events was as follows:-
5 mins = Ashford awarded a penalty following a foul by home keeper Jamie Kelly which earned him a yellow card. Up stepped Paul Booth to make it 0-1.
11 mins = Kelly makes a good save from Booth but almost at once a long shot from Jamie Collado eludes everyone and finishes up in the back of the net to make it 0-2.
13 mins = Josh Woolley puts the ball in the net but is given offside.
16 mins = Collado fires over the bar from a good pass by Darren Marsden.
17 mins = Marsden breaks clear of the home defence but hits his shot over the bar.
28 mins = Kelly makes a good save from Woolley
29 mins = Kelly foils Marsden after the Ashford forward beats three defenders.
31 mins = Booth fires wide from another good opening.
34 mins = Pat Kingwell picks up a harsh yellow card.
35 mins = Full back Chris Elliot releases Josh Woolley with a superb pass. Young Josh cuts in and beats Kelly to make it 0-3.
37 mins = Rochester unleash their first shot of the game through Regan Payne but Dan Eason makes good save.
45 mins = Half time arrives with Ashford winning 0-3 but it should have been more.
Into the second half and the home side look a bit more determined but cannot breach the Ashford back four and it’s not long before they take further punishment:-
53 mins = Paul Booth collects the ball and works wide to the right of the home penalty area. He then hits a low hard pass (as per the coaching manual) into the six yard box and a home defender, wrong footed, slices it into his own net to make it 0-4.
55 mins = The excellent Nathan Paul releases Dave Cook with a defence splitting pass and Cookie makes it 0-5
58 mins = Josh Woolley scrapes the bar with a 25 yard thunderbolt.
65 mins = Woolley goes close following great work by Nathan Paul and Paul Booth.
66 mins = Darren Marsden latches onto a good through ball from Cook and beat Kelly to make it 0-6
72 mins = Marsden scores again to cap a super move involving Booth to make it 0-7
82 mins = Booth nets a pass from Marsden but is judged to be offside by a lino who had a poor evening.
85 mins = Woolley again goes close.
88 mins = Substitute Joshua Brown unleashed a long throw in from the right which Cookie heads just wide,
89 mins = Paul Booth misses an open goal (you just can’t get the staff nowadays)
90 mins = Rochester nearly score through Ricky Gundry.
So ended a match that Ashford controlled from the off. It was men against boys with the visitors being quicker and smarter on the ground and virtually unbeatable in the air.
As usual Ashford were very well supported and the “Original Choir of Four” in good voice throughout.
This was a superb team performance especially as Ashford were missing a few key players. Player manager Danny Lye led by example but everyone worked for everyone else. Keeper Dan Eason did not have a lot to do but his distribution set up several good attacks. If Ashford can maintain this momentum they will prove a hard team to beat.
The Ashford team was as follows:- Dan Eason, Tony Browne, Chris Elliott, Nathan Paul, Danny Lye (Luke Cuthbert – 75 mins), Pat Kingwell, Jamie Collado (Joshua Brown – 80 mins), Dave Cook, Darren Marsden, Paul Booth, Josh Woolley (Lewis Sprosson – 67 mins).
Subs not used = Adam Cuthbert and Nick Luen.
M.O.M.? = One could have put all the names in a hat and drawn one but my vote went to Chris Elliott who was a tower of strength in defence and set up many attacks. His link up play with Josh Woolley was first class and gave the youngster a real chance to shine.

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