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Ashford Town (Middx) 2-1 Kingstonian (AET)

Alan Dowson did not need to tell The Kingston Informer that "I'd be a liar if I said I was too deflated about the result" as it was more than evident in itself. It is entirely possible that not a single one of the starters from this League Cup encounter will play the next league game at Worthing. Dowson was so keen to protect his first team that he did not even name a full compliment of substitutes, which led to the bizarre sight of goalkeeping coach Adrian Blake replacing the injured Anthony Joseph while the first team looked on from the stands.

Anthony Joseph in action
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Once again, the K's fringe team gave a good account of themselves, taking their Ryman Premier opponents to extra time, despite the fact that the hosts featured a significant number of first team players. They will have further chances to impress in the county cups and perhaps the first team if the current placeholders slip up.

Discussions ahead of extra time
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Ashford took the lead on 24 minutes after a quiet opening, Jimmy Stanford somehow finding the top corner of Luke Naughton's net from a position on the left wing.

K's had a few chances to equalise. Craig Mullen showed impressive strength to hold off the defence and force Craig Ross to save with his foot, debutant Clement James had a header saved off the line and the returning Danny Morris chipped over. The breakthrough eventually came 16 minutes from time when Joseph teed up Mullen to slot the ball under Ross from close range.

Craig Mullen in action
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Craig Mullen levels the scores
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Danny Byron cleared a Max Hustwick header off the line before firing over himself as both sides failed to avert extra time. Naughton saved well to force a corner but it was poorly cleared and Brett Cooper found the top corner on the follow-up to restore Ashford's lead. This time K's were unable to respond, with Ross parrying out a late volley from substitute Jon Coke and K's disappearing from the League Cup to concentrate on more important ventures for another season.

Tue 27th Jan 2009
Short Lane
Isthmian League Cup 3rd round
Ashford Town (2
1Luke Naughton
2Rob Sheridan
3Nick Rundell
4Tom Dilloway
5Max Hustwick
6Jason TurleyCautioned
7Anthony Joseph14
8Neil Lampton
9Craig Mullen
10Julien Thompson15
11Clement James16
12Dumer Rivera
14Adrian Blake7
15Daniel Morris10
16Jon Coke11
Match Report By
Simon Grier