Leaders shocked by battling Town
ASHFORD secured their first win in 12 matches in the best possible way on Sunday with this deserved victory at Ryman League Division 1 South leaders Kingstonian.
The first half was largely uneventful although Town shaded it and were perhaps unlucky not to go in 1-0 up.
Midfielder Charlie Glyde, restored to the starting line-up by manager Steve Lovell, hit the inside of the post and Mitchell Sherwood then saw his effort deflected wide for a corner.
The home side’s best chance of the half fell to striker Bobby Traynor but his effort was worked away for a corner by the hard-working Ashford defence.
In the second half, with the rain lashing down at Kingsmeadow, Ashford continued to dominate and they took the lead after 58 minutes when James Humphreys fired home from close range.
Then, five minutes later, the lead was doubled. Striker Paul Jones turned well in the box before launching an unstoppable drive for his eighth goal of the season.
The two quick goals rocked the home side and they were further hampered when striker Carl Wilson-Denis was forced to go off injured.
But Kingstonian then ensured that it would be a nervy final eight minutes when Simon Huckle scored at the back post.
But, two minutes from time, the Nuts and Bolts made sure of a memorable victory when Tony Browne scored a rare goal.
The right-sided midfielder finished well at the back post after Humphreys saw his effort blocked by goalkeeper Luke Garrard.
With just a minute left, midfielder Tommy Williams pulled back another goal for Kingstonian and the same player could have rescued a point but fired wide when well placed.
A crowd of 256 turned up to watch and a decent travelling contingent went away happy as Ashford condemned the K’s to only their second league defeat of the season.
Bradley Spice marked his return to Town colours with a goal for the reserves Picture: Gary Browne pd1472563