Glyde sees red in cup de­feat

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

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.

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