Hill tre­ble puts United in con­trol against ri­vals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

A Rory Hill hat-trick in­spired Ash­ford United to vic­tory over Crow­bor­ough Ath­letic as the top two bat­tled for supremacy in front of 459 spec­ta­tors on Satur­day – a new home league record crowd at Home­lands.

United had to come from be­hind to achieve the win, which opened up a three-point gap over their op­po­nents at the top of the South­ern Coun­ties East League ta­ble.

The vic­tory got United’s pro­mo­tion bid back on track af­ter only one win in their pre­vi­ous six games.

United were trail­ing af­twr 20 min­utes fol­low­ing a good move down the left-hand side.

Henry Mug­geride picked out an un­marked Ross Tre­lea­van who fin­ished well, beat­ing the out­stretched left-hand of United keeper ASH­FORD UTD CROW­BOR­OUGH Ge­orge Ka­murasi. Par­ity was re­stored fol­low­ing some ex­cel­lent play from Hill.

He darted in­side from the left to breeze past the Crow­bor­ough de­fence, be­fore fir­ing home from the edge of the box.

Buoyed by his stun­ning goal, Hill then went close twice in quick suc­ces­sion with a header off tar­get, be­fore chip­ping just over the bar.

Ed­die Smith wasted a golden op­por­tu­nity to put the Crows back into the lead af­ter a rare mis­take from Pat King­well but with only Ka­murasi to beat, Smith poked the ball wide to keep the score level at the break.

The ref­eree was a busy man, bran­dish­ing a to­tal of nine yel­low cards, with man­ager Danny Lye also sent from the dugout.

In the 65th minute, Shaun Welford missed the chance to notch his 39th goal of the cam­paign, when he saw his well struck spot-kick saved.

It mat­tered not, though, as Hill found space four min­utes later to fire in from the edge of the box to put United into the lead.

His sec­ond tre­ble of the sea­son was duly com­pleted 10 min­utes from time when he drilled a free-kick from the edge of the D in off the left-hand post to en­sure the win.

It was Crow­bor­ough’s first away de­feat of the cam­paign.

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