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Ashford Town (Middx) 2-1 Kingstonian

The Surrey Senior Cup may have provided Kingstonian's greatest moment since the Geoff Chapple era, but three years later its place on the back-burner looks more secure than ever after a second-string K's side crashed out to Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Phil Williams in action
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

The return of Tony Bedeau gave K's fans brief cause to be excited but this took barely half a minute to be extinguished. Warren Harris broke down the left and rolled the ball across the box where his namesake Scott, hopelessly unmarked, easily beat Luke Garrard from close range.

Garrard did well to save a 20-yarder from Warren Harris and the follow-up but on 20 minutes he'd been beaten again. Gavin Smith was played in behind a static K's defence and lobbed the K's goalkeeper with ease. Smith would again test Garrard on the half-hour mark but just as a rout threatened, K's got back into the game.

Julien Thompson fed the ball out wide to Phil Williams, who fired in a low cross which youngster Craig Mullen trapped and eventually bundled in via the post.

Craig Mullent in action
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Craig Mullen scores
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Warren Harris and Brett Cooper would test Garrard before the break but K's held on to give themselves a chance.

The second half failed to live up to the (relative) excitement of the first. Phil Williams handballed onto the post and Garrard made another fine save following a corner. K's plugged away with little reward until their best chance of the half came in injury time.

Home goalkeeper makes a save
Photo: Chris Hatton - Kingstonian FC

Mullen was played in behind the defence only to be hauled down by Adam Logie before he had a chance to attempt his clear goalscoring opportunity. Tommy Williams put the free kick over the bar and incredibly, referee Darren Sheldrake only booked Logie to the particular chagrin of Martin Tyler.

Despite losing in the quarter-finals though K's should not consider their chances of winning the Surrey Cup entirely extinguished, as last year's winners (sic) Merstham will testify. Ineligible players in the semis, anyone?

Thu 5th Mar 2009
Short Lane
Surrey Senior Cup Quarter final
Ashford Town (Middx)2
1Luke Garrard
2Jason Turley
3Jamie Beer
4Tom Dilloway
5Rob Sheridan
6Tony Bedeau12
7Phil Williams
8Tommy Williams
9Julien Thompson
10Craig Mullen
11Clement James14
12Neil Lampton6
14Jermaine McGlashan11
15Simon Huckle
17Adrian Blake
Match Report By
Simon Grier