Scorers (assist):

J. Willis x2 (D. Hogan x2)
D. Hogan (J.Willis)
L. Farrell (J. Mycroft)

Man of the Match:


Fulham DFC played out a thrilling second half to replace Ashtead FC as leaders of the league. Goals from Jacob Willis, Daniel Hogan and Lee Farrell made it 4 straight wins for Fulham.

On the same pitch where Fulham lost 7-3 in a bad tempered clash last year, the game would start out relatively tame, with neither sides wanting to make the first mistake.

Fulham would concede the first goal in tense match after a through ball found its way into the penalty area. Tom Boyle was narrowly beaten to the ball on that occasion but Ashtead’s lead would have been far greater had it not been for an excellent double save by Boyle.

Despite long balls being more of Ashtead’s forte, Fulham were making great use of Boyle’s long kicks upfield. Several opportunities being created due to them, however it was Hogan working his touch of magic to provide a cross that floated above the defence. Willis rose at the far post to head in across the keeper into the back of the net.

As the tackles came flying in from Ashtead, Fulham kept their cool and it paid off as Willis received yet another Hogan cross, this time it was a low cross which Willis kept his cool to strike and give Fulham a 2-1 lead going into half time.

Fulham looked firmly in control and seeking the goal to kill off the game, Farrell and Nick Gregory having great chances but not converting their chances, Willis converted his chance for what he thought was a hat trick however it was ruled out wrongly for offside.

Ashtead found themselves back into the game when they were given a penalty, Boyle was adjudged to have tripped an attacker. As with the earlier double save, Boyle may have been beaten to the penalty, but a low driving shot had Boyle at full stretch to prevent a goalbound shot, ensuring the game remained tied.

Fulham thought they had scored the winning goal when Hogan rifled in a shot that beat the keeper from outside the box, Ashtead instantly equalised when their player was perhaps given a little too much respect. He allowed to carry the ball through several Fulham players before letting off a shot that was deflected over the keeper’s head.

The game wasn’t to be over as Farrell to his credit made up for his earlier chances. Latching onto a through ball by Jason Mycroft, took one touch to take it away from the keeper and took a second to strike the ball with enough precision and power to score what proved to be the winning goal.

Scenes of wild celebrations occurred as the final whistle blew. With Fulham sitting at the top of pack, they go into next week with their first match as league leaders, with every intention of remaining there until the end of the season.

Photo courtesy of Lucy Hawes Sport Photography (More of the match can be found soon on her page)