Gore Court in­flict home de­feat on men


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hockey -

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

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