Keeper the hero of first win
Matt Day scored the only goal as Ashford picked up their first league win of the season Tuesday night.
But it was returning goalkeeper George Kamurasi who earned the highest praise from manager Jason Whitmore.
He said: “George was unbelievable. Aaron Lee- Wharton has been amazing but he’s 18, not a man yet and we are in men’s football.
“We won because George was in goal. The one-on-ones, he’s a 6ft 6in lad and a big presence. He did well and I’m pleased to have George back in goal.” ASHFORD RAMSGATE
Caleb Afoke sent an early header over for Ashford although Kamurasi pulled off a fine double save to keep the visitors out at the other end.
Tyrell Richardson-Brown fired into the side netting and Day nodded the last chance of the first half over the bar.
Day then volleyed over from Max Watters’ cross at the start of the second half and Joe Bingham also went close before Kamurasi saved United again with another fine block.
But after Richardson- Brown had twice threatened to break the deadlock, Day did, running onto a through-ball and slotting past Rams keeper Luke Watkins.
Adam Phillips came on to make his debut and Ashford held on for the three points to the delight of Whitmore.
He said: “I was pleased for the boys. We saw massive progression on Saturday, were a little bit unlucky not to come away with three points and Tuesday was another progression.
“There’s a good atmosphere in the dressing room. The boys, even after last week, are already seeing the progression and the senior players, who have been there for a while, are happy with what we’re doing.
“In the second half we could have had four or five goals – we turned it around and dominated.”
Kamurasi, Williams, Seaman, Bingham, Afoke (A Phillips 68mins), Kingwell, Difford, Davisson, Watters (Eldridge 84mins), Day (Westney 74mins), Richardson-Brown. Subs not used: Perkins, M Phillips.
Ashford (green) and Molesley battle it out, and below, Tyrell Richardson Brown on the attack
Ashford keeper George Kamurasi