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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Tony Hudd

IN­JURIES to Sean Ray and Craig Wilkins may force Ash­ford Town man­ager Steve Lovell to dip into the loan mar­ket ahead of Satur­day’s home game against East­bourne Town.

Both sus­tained knocks in Tues­day’s Isth­mian League Cup sec­ond round 2-1 home de­feat by Thames­mead Town with Ray’s foot in­jury mak­ing him the most doubt­ful of the two.

Lovell said: “The in­juries were the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment of the evening. Sean picked up a foot in­jury while Craig has a calf strain.

“Sean’s chances are no bet­ter than 50-50 and if he can’t play on Satur­day, then I will con­sider sign­ing some­one on loan.

“They are in­juries I could have done without be­cause I want to build on Sun­day’s ex­cel­lent win against the leaders Kingsto­nian.

“That was only their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son and it gives us some­thing to build on, with hope­fully an un­changed side against East­bourne.

“We’ve been play­ing well enough without get­ting the re­sults we de­served – un­til Sun­day.”

Paul Jones and Mitchell Sher­wood, rested on Tues­day, are ex­pected to re­turn against East­bourne which is the first of two games in four days, the sec­ond be­ing at Leather­head on Tues­day.

Mak­ing his Ash­ford de­but at Thames­mead was striker Leigh Hales, son of leg­endary Charl­ton top-scorer Derek.

Hales, who has been play­ing for Nor­ton Sports in the Bul­mers Cider Kent League Premier Divi­sion, is avail­able to both clubs.

“Leigh is tech­ni­cally very good but is not quite fit enough at the mo­ment for this level,” said Lovell. “He will re­turn to Nor­ton and we’ll take an­other look at him at a later date.”

Char­lie Glyde, sent-off against Thames­mead on Tues­day for us­ing foul and abu­sive lan­guage, misses the match against Wal­ton Ca­su­als on De­cem­ber 20.

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