Close game de­cided by calami­tous er­ror

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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

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