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Whitmore positive following early cup exit

Three Nuts & Bolts debuts made at Winch's Field

A huge support of Ashford United fans were in following at Winch’s Field last night as United bowed out of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup early after a 2-0 defeat away to Herne Bay.

A win against The Bay would’ve seen United host Margate at Homelands in the second round of the cup but it wasn’t to be in the end.

Nil nil at the break, Ashford were the happier side after having most chances in the first half, and looked confident. but the home side took the lead in the 70th minute, and doubled that tally in the 84th.

Three of our young players made their senior debuts, as Ed Miller and Kieran Bull both started, with Trinnhallen Brisley replacing Harry Lavender in the 64th minute.

Coach Lee Shearer, made an Ashford United comeback as he made his first appearance for the Nuts & Bolts since 2011.

We spoke with Jason Whitmore this morning:

“We were under pressure for the first 25 minutes, the boys were a little nervous on the ball. Herne Bay, to their credit, were playing from the back so we went from 3-5-2 to a 4-3-3 to press higher up the pitch. That changed the game.

The boys stared to get more of the ball and created some good chances, Botts [Botterill] hit the post and Matt Day forced a good save from the keeper. The second half we were excellent but football is a game of fine margins and their goal came from a clearance that hit their player in the face and rebounded to their striker to score.

It was a cup game so we kept 3 up top to try and get the equaliser. We had a few chances and on another day Matt could of had 2/3, but if you don’t take them and you’re pushing for a goal you can get hit in the counter and that happened in the 84th minute.

There are plenty of positives; we only had 3 senior players last night and once we get them back and add the youth around them I believe we will have one hell of a team, and a team the fans can be proud of. It will take us a couple of weeks to get the spine of the team in place”

This Saturday, we’re back at Homelands as we host VCD Athletic in the Bostik League South Division.

(Top image courtesy of Ian Scammell at Oyster Bay Photography)