Re­serves romp to easy win

Re­serves

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Ash­ford Town Re­serves 5, Rams­gate Re­serves 2

ASH­FORD re­serves sailed through the first hur­dle in this sea­son’s in­ter­me­di­ate cup with a 5-2 victory at home to Rams­gate. Rams­gate, sec­ond in their divi­sion and led by Richard Lan­g­ley, who had a brief spell at Ash­ford a few years ago, were swept aside by a first-half hat­trick by Scott Bou­vier. Ash­ford’s re­serves, de­spite scor­ing five put in a per­for­mance that just did enough, the flow­ing foot­ball now ex­pected from them was there in short spells as they stut­tered each time Rams­gate scored only to bounce back and score again. From the first minute Ash­ford showed their in­tent. Har­rold sup­plied Bou­vier, whose shot rolled ag­o­nis­ingly close to the line be­fore rolling out for a goal kick. But Ash­ford took the lead on 16 min­utes when Har­rold sup­plied the im­pres­sive Wil­liams who crossed to Bou­vier. His ini­tial shot was saved but he made no mis­take with the sec­ond ef­fort. Harold sup­plied Wil­liams again on 19 min­utes when he drew the de­fender and crossed to Bou­vier who had time to slot the ball past the keeper. Rams­gate pulled them­selves back into it with a fluke goal when a cross from the left was fired into the top cor­ner by Ash­ford’s John Ralph at­tempt­ing to clear the dan­ger. Ibrahim, in the Ash­ford goal, came within a whisker of mak­ing a spec­tac­u­lar save but was un­able to spare Ralph’s blushes. Rams­gate forced Ibrahim into a smart save low to his left at the start of the sec­ond half. The Rams­gate keeper made an equally good save to stop a Bradley King header from a cross by Ab­bott. Marsh slot­ted the ball through to King who ran on to calmly slot the ball into the back of the net and con­tinue his fine run of scor­ing at home. A de­fen­sive mis­un­der­stand­ing gifted Rams­gate a sec­ond on 68 min­utes. Ash­ford com­pleted the scor­ing in the 90th minute. Wil­liams seal­ing a good per­for­mance when he latched onto a through ball to round the keeper for the team’s fifth. The re­serves now have two away games, the first at Maid­stone on Satur­day and then a Flood­light Tro­phy game at Mar­gate on Tues­day. Team:

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