Saturday 7th October 2023
Isuzu FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Beaconsfield Town 3 Ashford United 0
Holloways Park Att - 85
Ram of the match - Sam Granville
Beaconsfield Town, who couldn’t buy a win in the opening 10 games of the season recorded their fourth victory on the bounce to advance into the next round of the FA Trophy at Holloways Park on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Isthmian south east opponents Ashford United.
3-0 sounds comfortable and ultimately it was but it doesn't tell the whole story.
Ashford United more than held their own for an hour and were a little unlucky in the first half against a slightly complacent Beaconsfield Town who were somewhat unconvincing despite taking the lead after 14 minutes through September player of the month Asher Yearwood. He added to his goal tally for the season with a steered volley from the edge of the box after a nice knock down from Iker Noguera. The visitors responded and The Rams who have seen eight penalties given against them this term. With not a single award in their favour, finally got a slice of luck, when after half an hour, Luke Neville seemed to come through Danny Parish to make a clearance which appeared to take as much boot as it did ball. Mr Turnpenny was unmoved and The Rams escaped.
The Rams also had on-loan keeper Matt Rowley to thank for preserving their first-half lead. The Reading youngster produced three point-blank blocks, most notably, to deny the lively Danny Parish and keep the home sides' noses in front as their defence, with Joe Morrison rested for the afternoon, looking a little out of sorts in his absence. Half-Time 1-0
Beaconsfield began the second half slowly and Parish will feel he should have done better when screwing an early effort wide with the goal at his mercy.
Just short of the hour mark, Zidan Akers eased Beaconsfield's nerves with a quite brilliant second, stepping into centre field to fire a right-footed screamer past Jacob Russel into the top corner from 30 yards. Ashford kept battling but Beaconsfield could and should have had more before Jonathan Hippolyte capped the performance, converting Asher Yearwood’s unselfish pullback from close range.The Rams were well worth their win in the end but will need to guard against over confidence if the run is to continue when they welcome Didcot Town to Holloways Park next Saturday.
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