Disciplined Ashford enjoy reserve cup joy
SUCH was the strength of the Ashford Town reserve team squad taken to VCD
Athletic for a first round Kent Intermediate Cup tie on Saturday, Jefferies,
Noble, Hutton and Jones didn't make it onto the teamsheet, writes Stephen
SUCH was the strength of the Ashford Town reserve team squad taken to VCD Athletic for a first round Kent Intermediate Cup tie on Saturday, Jefferies, Noble, Hutton and Jones didn't make it onto the teamsheet, writes Stephen McCartney.
for the game was disrupted, by traffic around Crayford and a small matter of a
delayed plane from
Town, going into this game off the back of 6-1(Hastings)
and 4-1(Army X1), were always going to be dangerous.
first chance of the game fell to Cunningham, starting the game again after his
took control of the game on 10 minutes with a smart finish inside the box from
went closest for VCD but the French keeper Levielle was more than equal to the
found themselves under pressure during the mid
phase of the game, when first White and then Joff Thorogood gave away free
kicks in dangerous areas.
Cunningham wrapped up the first half by scoring from about 15 yards to take
his tally to 4 goals in the last 2 games.
second half started with two changes, Day for Aldridge and Blackman for
straight from the Kick off, Ashford, playing with the slope backed VCD into
there own half.
made it 3-0 on the hour after a superb touch took the ball past the keeper and
left him with a simple tap in.
there it was one way traffic, VCD waiting for the
whistle and Ashford keeping the ball and probing at the VCD defence.
did have one effort from long range, but Leveille pulled off a stunning save
to protect the clean sheet that had eluded Ashford so far this season.
rounded the keeper for the fourth on 78 minutes, and in the move of the match
Man of the Match Gary Clarke finished a 6 man, 15 pass move with a low
effort driven low into the bottom corner of the net to make it 5 in the 85th
"To be fair, we have played better than this and lost, and we have also lost to worse teams than VCD this season, so it does show that we are making progress, said Ashford boss Mike Robbins.
"Scoring five is always nice but keeping a clean sheet shows we are disciplined at both ends."
injuries to Pursglove and Curnock , Wills away with the school and Reserve
skipper Ollie Finch only making the bench there will selection problems of a
good nature on the horizon when Ashford travel to Herne Bay next week.
security Man of the Match: Gary Clarke
Ashford Town:Leveille, Aldridge (Day 45), White , Clarke, Robinson, Nadjowski, Poyner (Wood 65), McCann, Cunningham (Blackman 45), Joff Thorogood, Long Subs: Hunswick, Finch