Close game decided by calamitous error
Canterbury 1, Ashford Antiques 0 Following their 2-2 draw last week with Old Williamsonians, the Antiques went to Canterbury for another pre-season friendly. Both teams who know each other very well put together a rather disjointed game in the late afternoon sunshine.
Midway through the half, following a short corner, keeper Dick Austen deflected the ball up into Harry Pickering’s forehead, and subsequently over the crossbar, causing him to retire for medical treatment.
Bill Butcher shaved the far post of the Canterbury goal but the half-time whistle blew with the scoreline blank.
The home side driven on by a young midfielder began to make inroads into the Antique’s defence but Nick Reeve and Jim Summerfield both came to the rescue when all seemed lost.
Just inside the halfway line, John Bailey was fouled and Ashford were awarded a free hit and with the midfield now pushing forward, it was calamitous when the ball was given straight to the Canterbury centre-forward who could not believe his luck as he cruised almost unhindered into the Ashford circle and tucked away the winner.
IT was a bad week for the Ashford ladies squads with defeats for all three teams.
The firsts went down 3-1 at Tunbridge Wells in their premier clash while the 2nds lost 1-0 at home to Anchorians.
The thirds lost 3-0 to Maidstone Ladies in their opening clash.
Alex Playford attacks for Ashford 2nds in their 1-0 defeat to Anchorians at the weekend Picture: DAVE PARSONS