Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

ROB PLAY­FORD grabbed a hat-trick as Ash­ford swept aside Winch­ester 4-2 to move back into the top six of South Premier League Divi­sion 2.

The for­mer Can­tee­bury for­ward was in ir­re­press­ible form as Ash­ford put be­hind them last week’s 6-2 de­feat to ti­tle con­tenders Wim­ble­down.

Paul Cheap was Ash­ford’s other marks­man while Ben Hib­berd and Mark Vow­els replied for the vis­i­tors.

Ash­ford’s win was their fourth of the sea­son, and on Satur­day they are away to bot­tom club Rich­mond, who col­lected only their third point of the sea­son last week­end.

ASH­FORD 2nds squan­dered a two-goal ad­van­tage at Lewes, as the home side grabbed a 3-3 draw with the last touch of the game.

With a re­struc­tured side due to un­avail­able play­ers, Ash­ford started the brighter and went 1-0 ahead through a James Spain goal.

A fan­tas­tic re­verse stick ef­fort from Adam Fox dou­bled Ash­ford’s ad­van­tage be­fore Lewes scored just be­fore the break as the vis­i­tors played with a man light.

John Stiff’s strike af­ter the break re­stored Ash­ford’s cush­ion but as their en­ergy be­gan to fade, Lewes surged for­ward to con­vert two penalty cor­ners.

Ash­ford face Old Bor­de­ni­ans at home this Satur­day.

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