Match Report: Whyteleafe 1-3 Ashford United
Injury hit Whyteleafe had an uphill struggle when they conceded twice in the opening 3 minutes then had a player sent off leaving them an hour to play with 10 men. Leafe's defeat leaves them 9 points off the play off places but Harry Hudson and his team will not give up striving for a top 5 place but the injury crisis has hit them hard, with seven players appearing in this match with less than 20 combined appearances between them.
The visitors scored in the first minute with a superb 30 yard strike from Samuel Hasler. Just 2 minutes later Jay May turned in a cross from Danny Parrish to give play off chasing Ashford a two goal lead. Hasler tried to repeat his opening minute strike with a similar effort in the 8th minute but shot well over.
Leafe fought back and in the 10th minute, Matthew O'Donoghue's shot from a Bradlew Wilson cross was saved, then in the 12th minute, Andre McCollin was brought down in the box as he was about to convert a cross from Marvin Armstrong. Bradley Wilson took the penalty and scored, sending keeper Sam Mott the wrong way.
The hosts then had a good spell as they looked to get an equaliser. Stefan Cox had a shot saved following a short corner then Wilson forced a save from a Marvin Armstrong cross.
Leafe lost skipper Helge Orome to a straight red when he brought down Danny Parish who had broken clear. Keeper Tyler McCarthy then pulled off a great save from another well struck effort from Hasler.
The Visitors took even less time than at the start of the first half when they went further ahead in the 1st minute of the second half through skipper Sam Corne. This really killed off the contest and Ashford never looked likely to lose their lead.
The score could have been greater but for some fine saves from McCarthy that kept the score at 3-1. He made fine saves to deny John Wisson and Parish then Jerald Aboagye hit the post. Scott Day did a sterling job as an emergency defender but it was McCarthy who kept the scoreline down with a fantastic double save from Parrish and May.
Leafe really did have backs to the wall in the second half and only a late effort from Harvey Brand tested Mott as the visitors rose to third place
Whyteleafe; McCarthy, Armstrong, O'Donoghue, Day, Thompson, Orome, Cox (Brand 44), Maja (Mensah 46), McCollin (Akhionbare 70), Bennett, Wilson. Subs not used Chin, Robinson.