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Ashford Town (Middlesex)
R Grant (41'), T Derry (61'), M Gough (65' Sent Off)
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Mon 13 Nov 19:45 - The FA Trophy 17-18 Attendance 175

K's Move into the Third Qualifying Round

K's finally see off the Tangerines and the Swifts are next.

Match report by Jamie Cutteridge.

There was a moment, with about 20 minutes to go, in Kingstonian’s 2-0 win over Ashford Town (Mx) where it was easy to wonder if it was all about to go to pot. A daft two-footed tackle from Mitchal Gough got himself sent off, and Ks’ two-goal lead against scrappy opponents felt a lot less comfortable, especially with the previous week’s late collapse against Met Police still fresh in the memory. History never looked remotely like repeating itself.

In truth, as harsh as it may sound on Ks’ lower-ranked opponents, Leigh Dynan’s side dominated throughout despite it taking a while to break the deadlock. The host’s first chance fell to Smith Tiesse, who bombed forward from left back before having a shot smartly turned behind by Tyler Tobin in the Ashford goal. The rest of the first half quickly became the Reece Grant show, as Ks’ new forward could have had four before the interval. A header from a great Alec Fiddes cross bounced narrowly wide, a snapshot on the turn was straight at the keeper before another effort was lashed over after Tobin denied Jerry Amoo. Finally Grant’s goal came, as he leapt brilliantly to finally beat Tobin with a bullet header into the bottom corner from Tiesse’s cross.

There was no let from either Ks or the wintery temperatures as the second half began. Tobin once again had to work out to deny Grant and Amoo during a near-post scramble but minutes later Ks had the chance to double their lead. It seemed as if Fiddes had wasted a good chance but a late tackle from behind brought him down inside the area. Tom Derry, whose hard work all evening merited a goal, stepped up and while Tobin saved his effort, Derry reacted quickest and slid in to beat Tobin’s second, despairing, dive.

While all looked momentarily well, a seed of doubt at least started to creep in before the red card, as Tolfrey was forced into his first meaningful action, palming Jack Beadle’s effort wide with a strong hand. Gough’s twin-footed lunge created at least a moment of uncertainty, and the dismissal wasn’t helped by Gough’s argument with a Ks’ fan while making his way off the pitch, before continuing the argument by shouting from the tunnel to behind the goal for a while. (Gough has since apologised, to be fair.) In fact, despite being a man light, it was Ks who once again came closest, as Tobin continued his strong showing by brilliantly parrying Derry’s header away. A comfortable victory was seen out by Dynan’s side who will host Heybridge in the next round.

Kingstonian: Rob Tolfrey, Aaron Goode, Smith Tiesse, Marvin Elliott, Mitchal Gough, Claudiu Vilcu, Alec Fiddes, Manolis Gogonas, Reece Grant, Tom Derry, Jerry Amoo.

Subs: Tom Collins (for Alec Fiddes, 93m), Joe Oseyemi (for Reece Grant, 69m), Ace'a Laurent, Owen Coleman, Yooku Mensah.

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

Subs: Leo Decabo (for Jabir Laraba, 82m), Nathan Poley (for Yahya el-Khabouche, 71m), Russell Cottingham, Scott Weight, Matteo Giacobbe.

Goalscorers: Reece Grant (41m, 1-0), Tom Derry (61m, 2-0)

Red card: Mitchal Gough (65m, foul)

Attendance: 175

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Key moments

Goal Reece Grant scores for Kingstonian
Goal Tom Derry scores for Kingstonian
Red Card Mitchal Gough is sent off for Kingstonian


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90:00 +3:00 Sub Off
Alec Fiddes is substituted off for Kingstonian
90:00 +3:00 Sub On
Tom Collins is substituted on for Kingstonian
82:00 Sub Off
Jabir Laraba is substituted off for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
82:00 Sub On
Leo Decabo is substituted on for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
71:00 Sub Off
Yahya El-Khabouche is substituted off for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
71:00 Sub On
Nathan Poley is substituted on for Ashford Town (Middlesex)
69:00 Sub Off
Reece Grant is substituted off for Kingstonian
69:00 Sub On
Joe Oseyemi is substituted on for Kingstonian
65:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Mitchal Gough is sent off for Kingstonian
61:00 Goal 2 - 0
Tom Derry scores for Kingstonian
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 0
Reece Grant scores for Kingstonian
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kingstonian
  • Ashford Town (Middlesex)
  • 0
  • Reece Grant Goal 41:00'
  • Tom Derry Goal 61:00'
  • Mitchal Gough Red Card 65:00'
  • Reece Grant Sub Off 69:00'
  • Joe Oseyemi Sub On 69:00'
  • Yahya El-Khabouche Sub Off 71:00'
  • Nathan Poley Sub On 71:00'
  • Jabir Laraba Sub Off 82:00'
  • Leo Decabo Sub On 82:00'
  • Alec Fiddes Sub Off 90:00 +3:00'
  • Tom Collins Sub On 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

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

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