Match Reports By Scott Bulmer

BECKENHAM TOWN 0-1 ASHFORD UNITED

FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 24th August

Becks were back on the FA Cup trail just three days after suffering their first loss of the season with £2,890 the prize for progress to the next round. Step 4 Ashford United arrived with spirits high having kicked off their Isthmian South East season with a 2-1 win at Phoenix Sports. However, Becks could take heart from the knowledge that Ashford had won only six FA Cup ties in the previous seven years and hadn’t progressed beyond the 1st QF Round since re-forming in 2011.

League rivals just three years ago, United started as favourites, but Nuts & Bolts boss Tommy Warrilow was wary of the upset. “We’re on a hiding to nothing. We’re supposed to (win), so they’ve got a free hit in that respect. There’s not a lot between us. Some of the teams at their level are just as good as ours. It’s a tough fixture, but they have a beautiful pitch so hopefully that will help us.”

The first half was tight despite the visitors enjoying the majority of the play. United’s Jerald Aboagye picked up a booking on the half hour mark and striker David Smith fired an effort over the bar but it was Becks who almost took the lead 5 mins before half-time, GK Sam Mott saving comfortably in the end. 

Goalless at half time. Ashford picked up the tempo after the restart and were awarded for their efforts in the 57th minute. Mo Kamara’s great strike breaking the deadlock. Ashford threatened a second whilst Becks pushed for the equaliser. Jake McIntyre became the second United player to be cautioned. The chance to earn a replay came with 10 mins to go only for Mott to pull off a great save to keep his side ahead. And then the visitors showed their Step 4 nous by closing out the game.

It finished 1-0 as Becks’ FA Cup journey ended for this year at least. We wish Ashford United the best of luck in the next round where they will entertain Farnborough.

Line-ups

Beckenham Town Ashford United
Lewis Moore1Samuel Mott
Harvey Brand2Jerald Aboagye
Archie Johnson3Jake McIntyre
Mudiagha Wanogho4Danny Walder
Rob Carter5Joshua Wisson
Ike Robertson6Mohamed Kamara
Andrew Mott7Tashi Kwayie
Bertie Valler8Lee Prescott
Damian Ramsamy9Jay May
Stefan Cox10David Smith
Shameek Farrell11Hassan Ibrahiym
Subs
Ryan Hall12Levi Gold
Malik Nosike14Brandon McCarthy
Billy Martins15Thomas O'Connor
Junior Kaffo16Ramell Lake
Kiki Oshilaja17Zak Henry
Steve Townsend18Theodore Osinfouarini
Glenn Clark19Lee Hook

BECKENHAM TOWN 3-0 ERITH TOWN

SCEFL Premier Division

Monday 26th August

Becks’ second game of the extended weekend saw us welcome a well rested Erith Town due to them not having a fixture in the FA Cup two days prior as well as their game in midweek against Fisher was abandoned due to floodlight failure.

The visitors who had not won a game this season fell behind to an Ashley Carew goal after just 18 minutes. The score stayed at 1-0 for the remainder of the first half which kept the travelling fans’ spirits alive.

However, a tough task became a whole lot harder in the second half for the visitors when Damien Scannell was issued a second yellow card putting the Dockers down to 10 men.

Becks made the most of the man advantage and they doubled their lead in the 52nd minute, Mudiagho Wanogho the goalscorer.

The three points were seemingly wrapped up with half an hour left to play. Captain Ashley Carew stepped up and scored a penalty to earn himself a brace on the day.

Three goals for three points was just the result we needed to get ourselves back on track following the defeats to Glebe & Ashford. The win moves Becks up to 4th in the table with the three unbeaten teams above, Tunbridge Wells are the only side to have maximum points from their games.

After three draws, Erith’s first loss of the season sees them slip to 16th in the table.

Next up for Becks is a trip to CB Hounslow United on Saturday 31st August, kick off is at 3pm for this FA Vase tie. Our next League game is Fisher away on the 7th of September.

Line-ups

Beckenham Town  Erith Town
Lewis Moore11Adam Molloy
Harvey Brand220Sam Fairweather-Oates
Archie Johnson314Steadman Callender
Mudiagha Wanogho44Russell Bedford
Rob Carter55Mules Keizer-Burrows
Billy Martins66Taylor McDonagh
Stefan Cox718Jack White
Bertie Valler815Jamie Stuart
Ashley Carew (C)99Michael Power (C)
Ryan Hall1010Danny Phillips
Shameek Farrell1111Damien Scannell
Subs
Damian Ramsamy1212Stefan Kempton
Kiki Oshilaja1417Henry Dasofunso
Malik Nosike157Luke Coleman
Junior Kaffo1619William Agbo
Steve Townsend1716Steve Springett

League Standings 29/8/19

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2Corinthian5320137611
3Hollands & Blair52307349
4Beckenham Town43018539
5Chatham Town52219638
6Bearsted421114777