El­ford er­ror so costly

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Junior Football -

TOWN’S win­less streak hit six matches as they slumped to de­feat at play-off chas­ing Mer­stham on Tues­day.

An evenly-fought game was de­cided when a hor­rific er­ror by Jimmy El­ford al­lowed Kwabena Agyei to slide home the win­ner just past the hour mark.

On a freez­ing night, Mer­stham were soon pil­ing for­ward and af­ter just two min­utes, Kevin Locke lifted an ef­fort over.

Mo­ments later, home left-back Joe Hill had a cross-shot de­flected wide but as Town started to set­tle, Ryan Briggs shot wide from 30 yards.

The re­called Danny Lye looked at his tena­cious best in the first-half and on 20 min­utes, drove to­ward goal be­fore fir­ing straight at keeper Ian Chat­field.

The only other chance of an oth­er­wise dour first half fell to the home side as Agyei out­paced Sean Ray only to shoot wide.

Town played with plenty of en­deav­our in the sec­ond half but lacked cre­ativ­ity.

Paul Jones shot over and then found the side-net­ting af­ter team-mate Lye had been un­lucky to see his header drift wide be­fore Mer­stham hit Town with a sucker punch.

In try­ing to pass the ball across the face of goal, El­ford suc­ceeded in pick­ing out Agyei, who made no mis­take from 12-yards.

Mer­stham striker Locke then smashed a pow­er­ful drive against the bar and while Claude Seanla and Craig Wilkins both had late open­ings the home side held out for victory.

Pic­ture: Martin Apps pd1501130

Town’s Daniel Brath­waite

is out­num­bered as he tries to put the Croy­don goal un­der pres­sure at Home­lands dur­ing

Satur­day’s draw

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