Chance of a point squandered by Town
ASHFORD Town squandered what looked a likely point at Homelands on Tuesday night conceding a late winner to old rivals Hastings.
The win took Hastings to the top of the division but Town will be disappointed they did not hold on after getting back to 2-2 and the visitors reduced to 10 men after captain Sean Ray was sent off 10 minutes into the second half.
Town made a great start with an opportunist goal from Walid Matata after just 14 minutes..
Sheer perseverance forced a mistake by goalkeeper Lee Worgan and it broke kindly for the lively front man to tap home.
Seven minutes later Hastings were back on terms Ade Olorunda showing a terrific first touch to rifle home the equaliser and the visitors led on the stroke of half-time.
Lee Carey’s corner cross was headed home through a crowded area by Tim Olorunda.
The visitors looked to be on top but were rocked when Ray picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes.
And the Hastings support went quiet as Town got back to 2-2 on 62 minutes when Kevin Lott’s corner cross flashed right across the box to reach Marc Cumberbatch to equalise from two yards.
But a fantastic turn and shot from 20 yards by Sam Adams won it for Hastings 10 minutes from the end. Ashford Town: Whincup, Adlington (Allman 45), McGowan, Glover, Cumberbatch, Hitchings, Lott (Ealham 77), Kamara, Matata, Ross (Jarrett-Elliott 60). Man of the match: Simon Glover Attendance: 294