Match Report: Ashford United close in on play-off place

Ashford United edged closer to a place in the Bostik South-East play-offs after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ramsgate at a blustery Homelands on Saturday (March 9, 2019).

Second-half goals from Toby Ajala and a brace from Danny Parish were enough to secure another valuable three points for the Nuts & Bolts in the race for promotion.

Boss Tommy Warrilow said: “I thought the first-half we didn’t have enough energy, we were too lethargic. I wanted more energy but it was difficult with the conditions and with them coming to frustrate. We played some good football but didn’t push them enough.

“The second-half though the boys have gone out and really dug in. We had to be careful we didn’t get caught on the counter-attack once we got the first goal, because it was one of those games we’ve all played in that was a bit of nightmare.

“But I thought we were worthy winners, and overall the better side. The most important thing with games running out is to get the three points, and 3-0 sends a good message out with all three goals very good goals too.”

After a cautious first-half, United came out firing after the break and quickly took the lead in the 53rd minute. Captain Sam Corne put striker Parish through on goal and he confidently blasted the ball past Ramsgate ‘keeper Luke Watkins.

United’s number nine then doubled the hosts lead with three minutes to go with his 19th of the season; another terrific assist by Corne put Parish through on goal and he produced a brilliant lob that capped off a great man-of-the-match performance.

There was even time for United to grab a third with the last kick of the game, as great pressing by Trey Williams on the Ramsgate ‘keeper left Ajala with an open goal and he duly produced the icing on the cake with a tap in.

The result moves United up to third in the league and 11 points clear of sixth-placed Hythe who currently sit just outside the play-off places. The team will hope to continue this momentum when they host East Grinstead Town on Saturday.

TEAMS

Ashford United: Mott, Aboagye, Wisson, Anidugbe, Coker, Kamara (Cox, 90mins), Corne, Ajala, Parish, May (Williams, 28mins), Hasler (Woodcock, 40mins).

Subs not used: Munyama, Wealands.

Ramsgate: Watkins, Mackenzie, Saunders, Dickens, Crimmen, Jadama, Chapman, Gray, Rowland, Smith, Dalton (Carvahlo, 66mins).

Subs not used: Penny, Munday.

Attendance: 333

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