Ash­ford crash back down with a bump

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: Dave Par­sons

Ash­ford 4ths notched a fine 2-1 win over Herne Bay

Pic­ture: Dave Par­sons

Ash­ford 2nds skip­per Ben Davis cov­ers this Can­ter­bury at­tack in the nar­row 1-0 de­feat at Ball Lane on Satur­day

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