Leaders shocked by bat­tling Town

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

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

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