The FA Cup with Budweiser

For the second round in succession, Ashford secured an FA Cup replay after scoring a stoppage-time equaliser against Spartan South Midlands League opponents.  Harry Knock hit a fierce shot in the first minute of additional time after excellent work from substitute Joe Bennett created the opportunity for the young defender.

That was the last major incident of an absorbing game between a good Dunstable Town team and an Ashford side that did not hit the heights scaled in Tuesday’s win over Fleet Town.  However, on another warm day, the Tangerines did start brightly enough and took the lead in the 14th minute.  An outstanding cross-field pass from Ashley Lodge created an opportunity for Ed Thomas, whose shot across goal proved too strong for home ‘keeper Lewis Kidd.

However, the home side quickly gained a foothold in the game and began to stretch Ashford. Dunstable duly levelled the scores in the 29th minute, the excellent Lee Roache firing across Paul McCarthy.

The remainder of the first half was even, but Dunstable started the second half strongly without drawing a save from McCarthy.  Ashford enjoyed a strong spell before Roache hit the post for Dunstable, then created his side’s second goal.

The tricky forward had caused Ashford problems all afternoon, and beat both Jack Mullan and Russell Canderton before squaring the ball for Leon Cashman, who put the Blues ahead.

It would have been harsh on Russell Canderton if his 400th starting appearance for the Ash Trees had been decided in this way, but Ashford responded and levelled when Joe Bennett surged down the right, then crossed the ball into the area.  The delivery reached Knock, whose crisp drive means that the two sides will have to do it all again on Tuesday.

After the match, both Harry Knock and Russell Canderton spoke to the Official Website and you can play the recording using the controller below.

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