More away day blues

HOCKEY: De­feat to bot­tom club leaves Ash­ford with just one win to show on their trav­els this sea­son

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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

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