Rock-solid Town halt Cray’s run

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

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.

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