Keeper the hero of first win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

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.

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Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4915769; FM4915816, be­low

Ash­ford (green) and Moles­ley bat­tle it out, and be­low, Tyrell Richard­son Brown on the at­tack

Ash­ford keeper Ge­orge Ka­murasi

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