Moles Smash Ash

by David Morgan

Ash United 0-2 Molesey

    Sam Lampard '35,James McShane '84

     Molesey played their second game in quick succession this Tuesday as they attempt to clear through the major fixture backlog brought on by the recent cold snap. This time it was a trip to Ash, which would prove a test to the Moles recent good form because Ash occupied the position above Molesey. This provided Molesey with all the motivation they needed as a win would lift them above their rivals into a seasons best 7th place.

It was a busy opening to the match which started when Ash broke through out wide and the resulting effort hit the crossbar before dropping to safety. The Moles followed this up by missing a good chance themselves with Lewis Ackerman and then the usually cool James McShane made a mess of a chance at a penalty when he didn't hit the ball with enough power to force its way past Garwood in the Ash goal.

However, in the lead up to half time Sam Lampard took control of the game and after having one effort saved he managed to break through the Ash defence, out-muscling one tall centre back before sliding the ball past the on-rushing Garwood and giving the Moles the lead.

Molesey pressed late on in the half but for all their pressure they were unable to find a second breakthrough and had to make do with the one goal advantage going in to half time.

The second half developed in much the same way as the first half finished, with the Moles providing most of the pressure with scything balls through the Ash defence but not having the cutting edge to seal the game.

This meant that Molesey fans were holding their breath when the ball went up the other end of the pitch because it would only take one slip up to allow Ash back into the game. Fortunately for the Moles fans the Molesey defence was in impressive form and rarely allowed Ash to get a strike on goal, Joe Yeates and Rob Lewis impressed particularly and managed to tame the Ash attack with what appeared to be relative ease.

This is how the majority of the second half went until the 84th minute when the Molesey faithfull could finally breath a little easier. It was James McShane who found space at the edge of the box and proceded to curl a delightfull finish past the full stretch Garwood and secure all three points for the Moles.

Next up for Molesey is a home tie against Croydon where Molesey will be looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat earlier in the season.

Last nights Line-up:1. Young  2. Gough (16. Pratley-Jones)  3. Elliott  4. Yeates (c)  5. Lewis  6. Coombes  7. Ibrahim-Zadeh  8. Lampard  9. Tawonezvi  10. Ackerman (15. Taiwo)  11. Mc Shane (17. Pemmant)

Subs not used:  12.  Lucas   15. Spencer