Cuth­bert main­tains his per­fect record

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Adam Cuth­bert con­verted his fifth penalty of the sea­son as Ash­ford United recorded their ninth suc­ces­sive South­ern Coun­ties East League win at Home­lands on Satur­day.

How­ever not for the first time this sea­son, they came up against an in-form goal­keeper, with Alex Hyde pro­duc­ing an out­stand­ing dis­play be­tween the posts for the Brom­ley-based visi­tors.

The Dalers were forced to play all but the first 29 min­utes with 10 men af­ter Zak Henry was sentoff by Dart­ford ref­eree Chris My­att. Henry was shown a straight red for swing­ing a leg out against Michael Smis­sen, af­ter the Ash­ford striker was felled in the area.

Cuth­bert made no mis­take from the spot, main­tain­ing his ASH­FORD HOLMES­DALE im­pres­sive 100% record from 12 yards to score his 11th goal of the sea­son, putting him top of the club scor­ing charts.

Team cap­tain Gary Clarke scored the sec­ond two min­utes from time as Paul Cham­bers’ side bounced back quickly from last Tues­day’s 1-0 League Cup re­verse against Erith – the man­ager’s 100th game in charge of the re-formed club

Smis­sen, Gary Mick­el­bor­ough and Tom Scorer proved a lively trio up front, with Hyde stand­ing be­tween United and early lead.

He saved twice from Smis­sen, be­fore Cuth­bert broke the dead­lock, with Tom Scorer and Mick­el­bor­ough go­ing close af­ter­wards.

Holmes­dale suf­fered another blow when player- as­sis­tant man­ager, and ex-Ash­ford Town player John-Paul Col­lier limped off be­fore half-time.

Liam Whit­ing blasted an ef­fort against the cross­bar a minute af­ter the restart, be­fore Hyde pro­duced one of his best saves of the af­ter­noon to keep out Sam Fisher’s strike, which looked des­tined for the top cor­ner. Cham­bers sent on Jimmy Dry­den, Sam Con­lon, and Kieran Byrne around the hour mark to re­fresh United’s at­tack­ing threat. A header from Clarke was tipped away by Hyde, and then Byrne’s run into the box ended with his ef­fort blocked.

United keeper Joe Mant, a spec­ta­tor for most of the game, had to re­act quickly to deny Holmes­dale sub­sti­tute Nick Why­brow. How­ever, United kept press­ing for a sec­ond as Scorer went close twice, while Dry­den saw another ef­fort go wide.

United’s sec­ond goal fi­nally came two min­utes from time.

Ben Jor­dan’s ball into the box picked out Dry­den who headed the ball down for Clarke to score his sixth of the sea­son and his first since the 4-2 win at the same op­po­nents in Novem­ber.

In­for­ma­tion sup­plied by Kevin Hall.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM2983158, above; FM2983187, right

ON THE RUN: Ash­ford United’s Tom Scorer pow­ers for­ward against Holmes­dale on Satur­day. Right, United’s Michael Smis­sen un­der pres­sure

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