United fail to build on great start

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Ash­ford United let slip an early two-goal lead as un­fan­cied Deal sprang a sur­prise to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Macron League Chal­lenge Cup at Home­lands on Satur­day.

Tom Scorer and Adam Cuth­bert’s penalty put United in con­trol after only 16 min­utes in their first home game for more than five weeks, only for Andy Miller’s 30-yard free-kick 60 seconds later to spark the vis­i­tors into life.

Deal sub­sti­tute Jack Tan­ner made it 2-2 with 12 min­utes left, pun­ish­ing a de­fen­sive howler, be­fore striker Charlie Walsh got the win­ner two min­utes from time.

Scorer volleyed United in front after only 10 min­utes.

Six min­utes later, James Everitt was brought down in the box by de­fender Alex Coyne – brother of for­mer United loa­nee Con­nor. The re­li­able Cuth­bert stepped up to send keeper Chris Way­mark the wrong way.

Deal’s re­sponse was quick, Miller fir­ing his long-range set-piece beyond Joe Mant, to give the vis­i­tors an im­me­di­ate way back into the tie.

Stu­art Zanone missed a great chance to make it 3-1 be­fore Mant pro­duced a fine save just be­fore half-time, tip­ping Ryan Moore’s ef­fort over the bar.

United started the sec­ond half on the front foot, Kieran Byrne fir­ing wide after a fine run.

Debu­tant

Charlie

Dick­ens, ASH­FORD UTD DEAL TOWN signed on dual reg­is­tra­tion from Rams­gate, was floored by War­ren Smith, earn­ing the for­mer New Rom­ney striker the only book­ing of the game, which was well con­trolled by ref­eree Ivan Gelov.

Mant did well to make a dou­ble stop from Miller and push away another ef­fort ei­ther side of Gary Mick­el­bor­ough and Zanone go­ing close at the other end, be­fore Tan­ner made it 2-2.

He made the most of a mix-up be­tween Mant and Pat King­well to be left with an easy fin­ish.

Sub­sti­tute Andy Irvine, back in the side after a lengthy break from the game and Zanone both had chances, be­fore Deal’s Martin Austin missed badly, only for Walsh to grab the 88th-minute win­ner.

A ball into the United box caused prob­lems and ended up in the back of the home net, with Walsh cred­ited with the fi­nal touch.

Ash­ford un­der-18s’ home game against Maid­stone United in Ryman League East Di­vi­sion was post­poned last Thurs­day night be­cause of fog.

Pic­tures: Matt Bris­tow FM3489507; FM3489469, be­low

Ash­ford’s Kieran Byrne chal­lenged by Deal. Be­low, Ash­ford’s Tom Scorer fires home

the first goal

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