United main­tain hold on tro­phy

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Tom Scorer grabbed a hat-trick as Ash­ford United re­tained the Frank Nor­ris Tro­phy for a 12th time, beat­ing Can­ter­bury City 4-1 at Home­lands on Tues­day night.

A tor­ren­tial 45-minute down­pour an hour be­fore kick-off pro­duced a slick pitch, with sur­face wa­ter ly­ing on top through­out, as United en­joyed a good night against their South­ern Coun­ties East League ri­vals.

Boss Paul Cham­bers in­cluded sev­eral new faces in his start­ing line- up, in­clud­ing ex- Deal pair, goal­keeper Jon Sparks and defender Jor­dan Miller, plus Jor­dan Hill, a pro­lific scorer in lo­cal football.

Hill caught the eye, be­ing in­volved in two of the goals and also hit­ting a post.

Scorer put United in front just two min­utes in, af­ter be­ing put through by defender Ben Jor­dan, de­spite ef­forts by City de­fend­ers to keep the ball out.

He dou­bled their lead 25 min­utes later, fin­ish­ing off a fine move to fire home from 12 yards and con­vert­ing Sam Con­lon’s lay-off af­ter Hill had started the move.

The same two play­ers com­bined three min­utes later for Keiran Byrne to make it 3-0 as he curled home to cap a first half dom­i­nated by United.

City made sev­eral changes and proved the bet­ter side in the sec­ond half, pulling one back af­ter 64 min­utes with a fine in­di­vid­ual strike by their left winger.

Hill then hit the post be­fore Scorer rounded things off with a 90th minute penalty.

Match in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Kevin Hall.

United drew 0- 0 at home against new Ry­man League, Di­vi­sion 1 North side VCD on Satur­day.

They visit Hythe Town on Satur­day (3pm) and travel to Rams­gate next Tues­day.

United will host Sevenoaks on the open­ing day of the South­ern Coun­ties East League sea­son, on Satur­day Au­gust 10.

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