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United pick up first silverware of the season….

A decent Pre-season crowd of over 200 witnessed the Nuts & Bolts win their first piece of silverware at Homelands on Saturday.
United took on newly crowned Ryman South champions Folkestone Invicta in a game dedicated to the late George Sergeant, “the George Sergeant memorial shield”
Danny Lye fielded a team comprising of first team players of last season, new signings and members of Jason Whitmore’s exciting Ryman youth team.
Amongst the crowd were some old legends of yesteryear, Geoff Ross, Carlton Wynter Mo Munden to name a few.
Ashford went one down to an early own goal (5mins) by new signing Stuart West, but United were soon to equalise by the ever young Paul Booth on 19mins.
6 minutes later Invicta went ahead via Ian Drayton from the penalty spot, Folkestone were starting to dominate now and extended their lead in the 33rd min from Miller.
The Ashford faithful were starting to fear another heavy defeat at the hands of our neighbours from Folkestone.
To their credit the lads in green battled and showed they weren’t about to give up.

The interval saw a few changes for both sides, Lyzee introduced the likes of Darren Marsden, (Yes the Marsden that run us ragged in the cup final!) Mickey Phillips Shaun Welford and a few more youngsters.
United seemed to take the game too Invicta and looked a lot stronger, attacking from wide and causing Folkestone problems.
In the 53 minute Darren Marsden scored a cracking goal from just inside the 18 yard line. 3-2
Lyzee’s boys were now really having a go at the Ryman South champions, 4 mins later and Shaun Welford put us Level 3-3
This sparked the choirs version of the Euro 16 song “Welfords on-fire, your defence is terrified”
The game now was end to end and played at a fast pace for a friendly, both sides went in search for the winner.
On 60 mins youngster Luke Eldridge scrambled the ball home on his debut to make it 4-3 to the Nuts & Bolts.
A few fluid breaks were taken and changes on both sides made over the course of the later stages of the game.
It was though Folkestone that scored in the 84th min to seemingly snatch a draw.
But once again the young Luke Eldridge showed good strength to hold off the defender and hit a superb winner on the turn in the 88th min.
Ashford United held out to take the win 5-4 in what turned out to be a cracking pre-season game at Homelands.
The Ashford faithful applauded every last player off the field after watching them receive the George Sergeant memorial shield.

Our next fixture is V’s Faversham Town here at Homelands on Tuesday 12th July with a 7:45pm kick off.
Come along and see just what a good side we have.