Town fail to cash in against strug­glers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Junior Football -

TOWN’S in­con­sis­tent start to Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South con­tin­ued on Satur­day as they were held at home by base­ment boys Croy­don Ath­letic.

Swap­ping the chaotic sur­round­ings of Folke­stone In­victa for more set­tled con­di­tions at Home­lands, new sign­ing Craig Wilkins made his de­but and loan striker Claude Seanla scored again but Daniel Wal­dren’s first-half lev­eller for Croy­don left the Nuts and Bolts with just one win in their last eight games.

Seanla and Paul Jones linked up well in the early stages, al­though a goal eluded them.

Char­lie Glyde’s shot was pushed away by vis­it­ing keeper Michael Lid­bury and from the re­bound, Mitchell Sher­wood hit the post.

Jones then tested Lid­bury again, be­fore a mis­take by the keeper al­lowed Seanla to give Ash­ford the lead in the 25th minute.

The Lon­don­ers were level within seven min­utes, how­ever, as Wal­dren lashed home af­ter the Town de­fence had failed to clear.

Looking to take a lead into the break, Sean Ray and Jones both had chances be­fore Croy­don’s Richard Black­well pow­ered a header home, only for it to be dis­al­lowed for a foul.

The vis­i­tors had an­other chance to take the lead soon af­ter the break but Sam Clay­ton blasted over.

An­thony Hogg’s ef­fort was bravely blocked by Black­well, as Ash­ford tried to fight back but Croy­don’s im­pres­sive coun­ter­at­tack­ing al­most caught the home side cold.

Wal­dren fed Clay­ton, only for the for­ward to drag his shot wide and re­called keeper Josh Willis then had to be alert to di­vert a Jeremiah Olu­santa cross around the post.

Sub­sti­tute Joel Greaves wasted an­other chance for Croy­don, be­fore Lid­bury saved the day, pro­duc­ing a won­der stop low down from a Jones header, be­fore stop­ping a Tony Browne shot.

There was still time for Croy­don to miss one more chance, as Tom Bo­lar­winwa’s vol­ley was su­perbly tipped over by Willis, pre­serv­ing Ash­ford’s point.

Pic­ture: Martin Apps pd1501129

Claude Seanla cel­e­brates his opener with sup­port­ers at Home­lands on Satur­day

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