Rock-solid Town halt Cray’s run
ASHFORD TOWN came away from Hayes Lane with a hard-earned point to deny Cray Wanderers their sixth consecutive home victory of the season.
Manager Steve Lovell changed things around from the side that lost at Great Wakering Rovers.
With Paul Jones missing, Robbie Ryan, Jimmy Elford and Josh Willis were all recalled as Lovell changed his formation to 3-4-3, with Mitchell Sherwood and Tony Browne assisting man of the moment Claude Seanla with the attacking duties.
Brathwaite was pushed on into a midfield role and didn’t disappoint.
Town started better and it was Brathwaite who should have put them ahead. He broke through the heart of the Cray backline but his low effort went the wrong side of the post, with Cray keeper Glen Knight well beaten.
Sherwood also looked menacing on the left-wing. Twice Town’s leading scorer had chances to break the deadlock. Firstly, Steve Aris was alert to block his goal-bound effort and then Sherwood shot wide after breaking through the static Cray defence.
The Wands, so dominant at home this season, for once struggled to assert themselves.
Tyrone Sterling was their brightest spark but his shot was deflected wide after 30 minutes.
Just before the interval Seanla nearly made it five goals in three games but his shot whistled wide after good play by Browne down the right flank.
The home side started the brighter in the second-half. The dangerous Tommy Whitnell caused havoc down the right-wing before releasing Aaron Day. His cross was met by Kinch but the forward headed wide.
Ashford soon regained the initiative and looked the more likely to grab a second-half winner. Seanla headed wide on the hour mark but chances, on the whole, were few and far between for the rest of the game.
It wasn’t until the final few minutes that Knight was called into action to earn his side a point. The former Welling goalkeeper stopped Ryan Briggs’ free-kick, diverting the shot wide. Then with time running out, Sherwood and Seanla both had chances, but Knight was equal to the task on both occasions.