Gore Court inflict home defeat on men
Ashford 1sts 0, Gore Court 1 ASHFORD’S men slipped to ninth in South 1st XI Premier League Division 2, after a 1-0 home defeat to promotion hopefuls Gore Court.
The visitors scored the only goal of the game through Paul Surridge in the first half, as Ashford struggled to find their feet early on.
Ashford found their feet and stepped up, some dominant play from Ozzy Hummerstone and Wells in defence while Chris Smith found his range with his passing and Paul Cheap looked a handful.
Despite retaining possession for long periods after the goal, the home side couldn’t penetrate, and with Ashford’s Keir Starley playing well in goal, no further goals could be added to the score sheet.
Ashford travel to Henleyupon-Thames this Saturday, for another league encounter.
Brighton 3rds 2, Ashford 2nds 4 ASHFORD men’s 2nds won 42 at Brighton and Hove 3rds in the South League’s Kent/ Sussex Open Regional division on Saturday.
Doug Ho opened the scoring for Ashford, pouncing on a rebound after Jon Stiff’s initial shot was saved.Brighton reacted well and levelled the match soon after, before Ho’s second just before half time restore the visitors’ advantage.
Stiff scored Ashford’s third after the restart, smashing the ball into the roof of the net following a fantastic piece of skill that left three opposing defenders floundering.
Eventually Brighton got their second to set up a nervy final few minutes, until Oakes latched onto a rebound to finish the game as a contest.
The 2nds entertain Eastbourne 2nds at Ball Lane on Saturday in another league encounter.
Ashford 3rds 7 Sevenoaks 4ths 0 ASHFORD 3rds continued their unbeaten start to the season with a dominant display at Ball Lane on Saturday.
Ashford controlled the game from start to finish. However, despite extensive early possession Ashford failed to turn chances into goals and were leading only by 1-0 at half time.
Sharper finishing after the break saw Ashford double their season’s goal tally in one game. Gary Sutton picked up one of the goals and Kevin Miller and Stuart Wise scored a hat-trick each in an excellent performance
Ashford 5ths 8 Herne Bay 4th 2 ASHFORD 5ths comprehensively outplayed their visitors from Herne Bay.
The Ashford players were quickly into their stride and two goals from predatory striker Andy Cummings set them on their way. A good run from midfielder Dan Rose set up a third for Lewis Elgar and well before the end of the half Cummings completed his hat-trick.
Fellow striker Matt Carter rifled home a short corner just before half time to make it 5-1 at the interval.
With Martyn Hills and Will Elgar showing good control in midfield, Ashford continued to dominate in the second half.
Another good pass from Rose set up Cummings for his fourth and Hills swept home a rebound from the keeper’s pads after a Carter short corner shot.
A defensive lapse allowed Herne Bay to briefly reduce the arrears, but a reverse stick effort from Carter reinstated Ashford’s six goal advantage.
Ashford Antiques 1, New Beccehamians 4 ASHFORD’S elder statesmen were, for the most part, left chasing the shadows of the young, lively league leaders from Beckenham.
The first 20 minutes saw the Antiques penned back in their own half but the score remained blank thanks to a combination of last-ditch tackles from Nick Reeve and John Bailey aided and abetted by keeper Dick Austen.
The visitors eventually went ahead after a slick move down the right wing and built up a three goal advantage.
Bill Butcher then picked up the ball in midfield, surged into the circle and was fouled, resulting in a short corner.
This was pushed out to skipper Harry Pickering, who deftly slipped it right to Darren Charlton, who then neatly squared it back to the penalty spot and Trevor Hughes flicked the ball into the roof of the net.
Beccs added a fourth in the dying seconds of the game.
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Ashford’s Sam Handley on the attack against Gore Court on Saturday Picture: DAVE PARSONS