Glyde sees red in cup defeat
ASHFORD clutched defeat from the jaws of victory as last-gasp Thamesmead dumped them out of the Ryman League Cup on Tuesday.
Charlie Glyde – who was later sent-off – had given Ashford a second-half lead but a last-minute penalty from Rikki Cable and an extra-time winner by Lewis Wood sent the Mead through.
Steve Lovell gave a debut to Leigh Hales, signed on a shortterm deal from Kent League Norton Sports. He partnered the returning Bradley Spice in attack as Paul Jones missed out with a sore ankle. Town were certainly on top in the first half with Hales’s header being well saved by Tony Kessell, who then smothered a shot from Spice.
Ashford took the lead just before the hour mark when Spice flicked on a cross from Tony Browne and, after a scramble, the ball fell to Glyde who made no mistake.
However, late in normal time, Wood was brought down by home keeper Seb Barton and Cable made no mistake from the spot.
Thamesmead took the momentum into extra-time and were soon ahead when Sean Ray missed his header and Wood slotted past Barton.
In the second period of extra-time, Hockey came close to levelling the scores but his header hit the underside of the bar. Ashford’s frustrations were compounded when Glyde was given a straight red card late on for foul and abusive language.