Ashford crash back down with a bump
AFTER making a winning start to their South Premier League 1st XI Division 2 campaign the previous week, Ashford’s men hit the ground with a bump on Saturday, going down to an agonising 2-1 defeat at London Wayfarers.
However, the away side flew out of the traps and dominated the opening 25 minutes, scoring the opening goal of the game through a Paul Cheap penalty corner.
On the rampage and looking dangerous, Ashford had lots of possession, but failed to take any more of their chances.
This came back to haunt them when, on the stroke of half time, a penalty was given to the home side, which was duly dispatched.
The second half saw ill discipline and lack of confidence sneak into Ashford’s game. Frus- tration at the missed opportunities and poor officiating grew, and in a 20-minute spell, the visitors lost three players to the sin bin.
Wayfarers were awarded a second penalty with 12 minutes remaining, which struck the crossbar, but Ashford weren’t so lucky minutes later, when the Londoners broke away to score the winner.
A Kent derby against Gore Court at Ball Lane awaits Ashford this Saturday.
Ashford 2nds 0 Canterbury 3rds 1 ASHFORD 2nds lost 1-0 at home to Canterbury 3rds in their first game of the South Open Kent/ Sussex Regional season.
Despite putting the visitors under pressure for much of the first half, Ashford couldn’t find the opening they craved.
The same happened in the second half until a rare mistake by Ashford skipper Ben Davis allowed Canterbury to score the only goal of the game.
The 2nds take a trip to Brighton for their next league encounter, this Saturday.
Marden 2nds 1, Ashford 3rds 3 IN KENT Open Premier A, Ashford 3rds maintained their impressive start to the season by defeating Marden 2nds 3-1.
It was the home side that took a 1-0 advantage into the break, however, after they executed a well-worked short corner.
Kev Miller levelled the scores with a short corner effort in the second half, before Gary Sutton scored twice to give Ashford the points.
Ashford 4ths made it two wins from two games in Kent Open Premier C with a 2-1 home win against Herne Bay 3rds.
The 5ths first league game of the season didn’t go to plan, as they lost 2-0 at Old Bordenian 4ths in Kent Open Division 3.
Although Ashford’s defence generally held up well against their hosts, Old Bordenian struck after a defensive error and from a penalty corner to secure victory.
Skipper Alan Bell and Dan Rose showed some good touches in midfield but Ashford failed to convert possession into clearcut chances.
Ashford 4ths notched a fine 2-1 win over Herne Bay
Ashford 2nds skipper Ben Davis covers this Canterbury attack in the narrow 1-0 defeat at Ball Lane on Saturday