Town’s fix­ture frenzy

Soc­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SPORT -

ASH­FORD TOWN Foot­ball Club are now set for a fran­tic end to the Ry­man League sea­son af­ter the weather put paid to two more league games this week.

Sec­re­tary Elaine Ors­bourne has al­ready slot­ted the post­poned visit to Fleet in for April 17 and Tues­day’s post­poned visit of lead­ers Maid­stone is now sched­uled for April 24.

But this means that Town have two games a week to play un­til to the end of the sea­son, and they still have to find a date for their Kent Se­nior Cup visit to am­bi­tious Kent League side VCD.

And with a rel­a­tively small squad, man­ager John Cum­ber­batch will have his work cut out to keep play­ers healthy as Town bat­tle to es­cape the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Town have an­other league dou­ble sched­uled for this week with a cru- cial visit to lowly Croy­don Ath­letic on Satur­day. They then have an­other Kent derby game at Home­lands on Tues­day with a visit from high-fly­ing Dart­ford.

Town will be look­ing for re­venge over both sides, hav­ing been edged out by a soli­tary goal at home to Croy­don back in Septem­ber and were un­happy to end up on the wrong side of a 4-3 score­line at Dart­ford in Jan­uary.

Good news for Town is that classy striker Walid Matata is likely to be avail­able again hav­ing re­cov­ered from the nasty gash he suf­fered on his leg.

Town’s im­proved form has seen them un­beaten in the last three games but draws are not enough if they are to es­cape the dan­ger zone.

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