Seanla dou­ble un­able to save Town Tro­phy hopes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

ASH­FORD TOWN crashed out of the FA Tro­phy at the first hur­dle on Satur­day, go­ing down 5-3 at Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 North side Great Wak­er­ing Rovers.

New sign­ing Claude Seanla se­cured a sec­ond brace in as many games, but by the time sub Andy Do­err scored Town’s third late on, the Es­sex side were al­ready cruis­ing on the back of a Neil Rich­mond quadru­ple and a Jimmy Webb strike.

The home side’s first goal came af­ter 16 min­utes. Sean Ray, at­tempt­ing to put the ball be­hind for a cor­ner, failed to get enough on his header. Keep­ing the ball in play, Rovers’ Dan Jones crossed for Rich­mond to score.

A sec­ond goal for Rovers came four min­utes later. Webb picked up the ball in space on the left be­fore chip­ping the ball in for Rich­mond to head home his sec­ond.

Ash­ford bat­tled back to re­duced the ar­rears on 37 min­utes when Seanla’s vol­ley found the net af­ter Tony Browne’s right wing cross was laid off by An­thony Hogg.

Mitchell Sher­wood and Daniel Brath­waite went close to lev­el­ling the scores be­fore half time, but soon af­ter the break Rovers were back on top. Rich­mond racing on to a through ball be­fore calmly plac­ing his shot be­yond the on-rush­ing Jamie Ri­ley.

It was 4-1 when Rich­mond’s low shot from the edge of the area found the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

Seanla grabbed his fourth in two games, fol­low­ing a Do­err pass, to make it 4-2.

But Rovers weren’t fin­ished, Webb find­ing the net for their fifth af­ter be­ing teed up by Mark Cartlidge.

Do­err’s 88th-minute con­so­la­tion rounded off the scor­ing as he turned a Paul Jones cen­tre in from close range.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing early exit from the Tro­phy for Town who have a poor record in the com­pe­ti­tion over the years.

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Scott Bou­vier was Town Re­serves’ hat-trick hero in the 5-2 win over Rams­gate at Home­lands on Satur­day

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