Ka­murasi keeps the score down

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ge­orge Ka­murasi stood be­tween Ash­ford United and a heav­ier de­feat as they lost 5-0 at home to Maid­stone United in their lat­est pre-sea­son friendly at Home­lands on Tues­day night.

The United goal­keeper pulled off a se­ries of fine saves in the game in front of a 400-plus crowd, Stones win­ning thanks to two goals each from Harry Phipps and Joe Pig­ott and one by Tyler Camp­bell.

Phipps put Maid­stone in front two min­utes from half-time be­fore Ka­murasi kept out an­other ef­fort from Pig­ott.

Stones added two more in nine min­utes af­ter the restart, Camp­bell net­ting af­ter the United keeper half stopped a cross, then Pig­ott lobbed home the third.

The Stones striker got his se­cond 10 min­utes later, with Phipps on tar­get again 18 min­utes from time, head­ing in at the near post.

United boss Danny Lye fielded a squad of 19 play­ers, giv­ing a run-out to all of them.

He said: “It was all about fit­ness for us but we com­peted well for 40 min­utes, against a strong side, play­ing three leagues above with some good play­ers.

“We had eight un­der-21s on the pitch at the end which was good.

“The gate was good and thanks to Maid­stone for com­ing down. They showed us good re­spect, which was nice.”

Matt Day and sub­sti­tute Shaun Welford both scored twice in United’s 7-1 win at Kent County League side Kings Hill on Satur­day.

United fielded a stronger team than ex­pected, with skip­per Richard Avery, Dan Stubbs, Dave Bot­ter­ill, Day, Tyrell Richard­son-Brown, and Adrian Stone all start­ing, with Welford, Rory Hill and tri­al­ist Corey Wal­ters-Wright among those on the bench.

Stone and Day’s dou­ble made it 3-0 at half-time, be­fore Hill, Welford (2, in­clud­ing a penalty) and Clarke Wood­cock added to the lead in the se­cond half.

Kings Hill hosts pulled a goal back nine min­utes from time.

Lye will give his young­sters an­other run-out, against South­ern Coun­ties East League Erith & Belvedere at Home­lands tonight (Thurs­day) (7.45pm). Ad­mis­sion is free.

United host last sea­son’s FA Vase con­querors East­bourne Town on Satur­day (3pm) and meet Folke­stone In­victa next Tues­day (7.45pm), also at Home­lands.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos

Mickey Phillips bat­tles for Ash­ford last sea­son

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