Welford goal only worth a point

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Sub­sti­tute Nad Nwitua – the small­est player on the pitch – headed in a sec­ond-half equaliser to deny Ash­ford max­i­mum South­ern Coun­ties East League points at Home­lands on Tues­day night.

As­sis­tant man­ager Shaun Welford gave United a half-time lead be­fore un­marked Nwitua pounced to head in a cor­ner 11 min­utes af­ter the break to en­sure the spoils were shared in the clubs’ sec­ond meet­ing of the sea­son al­ready. Lords had won 3-0 in Med­way last month.

How­ever, there was a tetchy end to the night, when Dave Cook, in his last match be­fore re­turn­ing to Hythe, (fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of dad Clive as new joint-boss at ASH­FORD UTD LORDSWOOD Reach­fields) and vis­it­ing goal­keeper Sam I’An­son were in­volved in an in­ci­dent, with the lat­ter on the floor amid claims he feigned in­jury. Both play­ers were booked

Welford hit a post in stop­page-time, player-man­ager Danny Lye went close with a header and I’An­son smoth­ered a close-range ef­fort just be­fore the end.

Welford net­ted his fourth of the sea­son with a pow­er­ful header af­ter 15 min­utes be­fore Cook went close to a sec­ond on the stroke of half-time, see­ing his ef­fort tipped around the post.

United keeper Dan Ea­son palmed away Danny Smith’s early sec­ond-half strike, be­fore Nwitua con­verted the lat­ter’s cor­ner three min­utes later.

United then had a goal dis­al­lowed, be­fore hav­ing strong ap­peals for a penalty turned down af­ter claim­ing hand­ball in the area.

Debu­tant Ryan Palmer was booked on his de­but, along with skip­per Michael Phillips.

Ea­son, Browne, L .Cuth­bert, Cook, Lye, King­well,Palmer (Yianni 88 mins), Phillips, Welford, Booth, El­liott; Subs not used: Bo­sio, Wool­ley, Mars­den, Luen.

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