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First Team - Match centre

Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Kingstonian
J Laraba (24'), J Beadle (32')
Full time
T Collins (57'), T Derry (75')
Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - The FA Trophy 17-18 Attendance 163

K's Fight Back to Force Replay

Down 0-2 at half time, Kingstonian come back to draw 2-2 at Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Match report by Taimour Lay.

After Kingstonian (Mole Valley) played Lynx FC (Gibraltar) last August, fans would be forgiven if they thought that the most challenging journey of the season had already been negotiated. But the Robert Parker Stadium sits in a curious public transport no-man’s land between Heathrow Terminal 4’s Animal Reception Centre and a vast estate of aviation fuel cylinders (fireworks displays are thus banned in and around the football ground, a prohibition which may or may not have led to unusual caution by the K’s away support).

Concerns over an upset were somewhat alleviated by the shock morning news that former Millwall, Bristol City and Jamaica international, Marvin Elliott, had just signed for Kingstonian (Mole Valley) and would start. This was a midfielder who marked Ryan Giggs in the 2004 FA Cup final. Frantic research also revealed David Pleat’s “scouting report” on Elliott in the Guardian on 13 September 2005 in which the then youngster is sincerely compared to Ossie Ardiles, Alan Ball and Patrick Vieira. “This is the type of player whose appetite and enthusiasm shows itself in a confidence to want to run the game.”

Opponents Ashford Town (Middlesex), meanwhile, whose namesake rivals Ashford Town (Kent) are now Ashford United in the interests of ending years of parenthetical confusion, are going well in the Evo-stik South East at Step 4, banged 10 past Fleet but a fortnight ago and usually boast Mark “the new Bobby Traynor” Bitmead in their ranks.

“We’re the underdogs,” one Kingstonian (Mole Valley) fan duly remarked at kick-off. And so it proved when Ashford Town (Middlesex) took a first-half lead, Jabir capitalising on hesitant defending.

Five minutes later it was two when Alex Fisher’s low cross was turned in by Jack Beadle.

All of K’s sorry decade of Cup/Trophy defeats started to swirl through the mind but this always threatened to be a bit different. Elliott was, after all, using power and sheer will to keep the midfield together, Tom Derry kept the home defence on the edge of error and Jerry Amoo, starting on the left, was cutting in with menace.

Tom Collins, who had hitherto flitted rather than threatened, found himself clean through in the 57th minute and did well to carry the ball calmly into the box before side-footing past the keeper.

Suddenly the momentum had turned and Kingstonian (Mole Valley) looked likely to equalise. A succession of Manu Goganas long-throws, quick switches of play from wing to wing, and the tirelesnesss of Derry, built the pressure until an error by the Ashford Town (Middlesex) backline allowed Derry to poke the ball round the keeper and then into an empty net.

The two sides go again at Fetcham Grove (Leatherhead) on Monday night.

Ashford Town (Middlesex): Tyler Tobin, Romario Jonas, Alex Fisher, Samad Kazi, Russell Canderton, Will Boye, Max Webb, Yahya el-Khabouche, Dan Fleming, Jabir Laraba, Jack Beadle.

Subs (all unused): Leo Decabo, Harry Salmon, Nathan Pooley, Elliott Poley, Matteo Giacobbe.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Paul Rodgers, Aaron Goode, Manolis Gogonas, Mitchal Gough, Claudiu Vilcu, Alec Fiddes, Marvin Elliott, Tom Derry, Tom Collins, Jerry Amoo.

Subs: Joe Oseyemi, Ace'a Laurent (for Tom Collins, 62m), Richmond Ayoola, Reece Grant, Smith Tiesse.

Goalscorers: Jabir Laraba (24m, 1-0), Jack Beadle (32m, 2-0), Tom Collins (57m, 2-1), Tom Derry (75m, 2-2)

Attendance: 163

Key moments

24:00
Goal Jabir Laraba scores for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
32:00
Goal Jack Beadle scores for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
57:00
Goal Tom Collins scores for Kingstonian
75:00
Goal Tom Derry scores for Kingstonian

Highlights

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75:00 Goal 2 - 2
Tom Derry scores for Kingstonian
62:00 Sub On
Ace'a Laurent is substituted on for Kingstonian
62:00 Sub Off
Tom Collins is substituted off for Kingstonian
57:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tom Collins scores for Kingstonian
End of period 1
32:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jack Beadle scores for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jabir Laraba scores for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Ashford Town (Middlesex)
  • Kingstonian
  • 0
  • Jabir Laraba Goal 24:00'
  • Jack Beadle Goal 32:00'
  • Tom Collins Goal 57:00'
  • Tom Collins Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ace'a Laurent Sub On 62:00'
  • Tom Derry Goal 75:00'

Team selection

Ashford Town (Middlesex)
  • 1. Tyler Tobin
  • 2. Romario Jonas
  • 3. Alex Fisher
  • 4. Samad Kazi
  • 5. Russell Canderton
  • 6. Will Boye
  • 7. Max Webb
  • 8. Yahya el-Khabouche
  • 9. Dan Fleming
  • 10. Jabir Laraba
  • 11. Jack Beadle
  • 12. Leo Decabo
  • 14. Harry Salmon
  • 15. Nathan Pooley
  • 16. Elliott Poley
  • 17. Matteo Giacobbe

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