Hot shot striker Seanla stars on de­but

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

RE­SERVES striker Claude Seanla al­most be­came an in­stant hero on his de­but for Ash­ford in­spir­ing an amaz­ing fight­back for 10-man Town at Home­lands on Tues­day night.

A very poor first half dis­play by Town saw them looking down and out, trail­ing 3-0 af­ter two goals from lively front­man Danny Oakins and one from strike part­ner Do­minic O’Shea.

But boss Steve Lovell went for Plan B in the sec­ond half in­tro­duc­ing Jimmy Bot­tle, Andy Do­err and Lee Hockey at the in­ter­val and go­ing to a three­man back line.

Town were lucky when Nathan Camp­bell headed wide un­chal­lenged at the back post.

That quickly went to Plan C as on the hour Bot­tle was car­ried off with a head in­jury and Town were down to 10 men.

Amaz­ingly the changes seem to af­fect Chip­stead worse as Town’s new striker, start­ing in place of the un­well Paul Jones, in­spired a ter­rific fight­back with two goals in as many min­utes.

On 68 min­utes he rose to a Danny Lye cross to send a glanc­ing header into the cor­ner of the net.

And Chip­stead were def­i­nitely rock­ing when two min­utes later he took an­other Lye cross to turn and fire home his sec­ond.

With Town now to­tally com­mit­ted to sav­ing the game, in­evitably there were open­ings for Chip­stead to wrap it up. Jamie Ri­ley saved well from Mark Wardell and sub­sti­tute Alec Brown squan­der­ing a free shot.

But de­fen­sively Chip­stead were all over the shop as they strug­gled to cope with a resur­gent Seanla and Town’s three-man at­tack.

Seanla, who was on Tot­ten­ham’s books as a young­ster and had a spell at Wat­ford, was only de­nied a fine hat-trick by an ex­cel­lent James Wastell save and Town blitzed the vis­i­tors’ goal for the last 10 min­utes.

Sean Ray pushed up to add weight to the at­tack and had two shots blocked on the line.

It was a gutsy re­sponse by Town af­ter their dis­mal first half. Ash­ford: Ri­ley, El­ford (Hockey 45), Ryan (Do­err 45), Brath­waite, Ray, Briggs, Browne (Bot­tle 45), Lye, Spice, Seanla, Sher­wood. At­ten­dance: 237.

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