More away day blues
HOCKEY: Defeat to bottom club leaves Ashford with just one win to show on their travels this season
ASHFORD men’s 1st team crashed to a 3-0 defeat at bottom of the table Richmond on Saturday.
Former England international Manpreet Kochar controlled the game in the middle for Richmond, while Ashford were well off of the pace.
But Ashford keeper Keir Starley said: “It wasn’t for the lack of trying. Shots were sliced wide, tackles missed by inches and rebounds fell to our opponents’ sticks in the area.
“There were solid performances at the back from Hummerstone and Wells but otherwise it was a bad day at the office for the team.”
The defeat means that Ashford have dropped one place to seventh in South Premier League Division 2.
They play their final game before the Christmas break at Wycombe this weekend and will be hoping to improve on their away form which has brought just one win so far.
ASHFORD Men’s 6th team lost 2-1 to Gillingham Anchorians.
They took the lead after a penalty corner was converted by Louis Yssennagger. But Anchorians equalised before half-time and then grabbed the winner in the second half.
ASHFORD Antiques suffered a 3-2 home defeat against Gore Court.
They fell behind following a 15th-minute short corner which took a slight deflection and wrong-footed keeper Dick Austen. But 10 minutes later, Trevor Hughes chased a long ball and pulled it back for Danny Schwartz to equalise and Ashford then missed several chances before half-time. Early in the second half, Gore Court went ahead again when a reverse stick shot flew into the roof of the net. The Antiques, however, were still in control thanks to excellent midfield work by Nick Reeve, Paul Yssenagger and Paul Wade. With 10 minutes left, Ashford won a short corner which was crashed home by Harry Pickering for a deserved second equaliser. But they then gave possession away cheaply to the Gore Court centre forward, who tucked home the winner.
Right: Ashford 2nd team keeper
Rob Allen goes to ground
during the 1-1 draw with Old Holcs, and,
below, Lloyd Starley, of the third team, takes on the Deal defence
during the team’s 1-0 win