FIVE STRAIGHT WINS: Lovell’s side ease past Wal­ton Ca­su­als Town stroll to victory

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ASH­FORD TOWN boosted their play-off cre­den­tials with a fifth con­sec­u­tive win as they com­fort­ably beat Wal­ton Ca­su­als.

Head­ers from Danny Lye and Sean Ray put Town ahead at the break, be­fore Mitchell Sher­wood en­sured they were never forced out of first gear.

The three points proved enough to move Town into fourth and boss Steve Lovell was even given the lux­ury of rest­ing three of his key play­ers ahead of Satur­day’s clash with ri­vals Folke­stone.

Town haven’t lost a Satur­day league game for nearly four months and that record was never in doubt at Wal­ton’s Water­side Sta­dium. On 13 min­utes, Ryan Briggs – float­ing in in­swingers from both sides of the pitch – found Tony Browne whose header was tipped onto the bar, al­though min­utes later, Town took the lead.

Jimmy El­ford’s ball eluded the Ca­su­als de­fence to find mid­fielder Lye, who headed in un­chal­lenged.

Top scorer Paul Jones nearly dou­bled the lead when he brought down Sean Ray’s pass, only to fire at keeper Craig Brad­shaw.

Jones was nearly made to re­gret his miss mo­ments later, when Luke Fon­tana sprinted clear of the Town de­fence only to be de­nied by a smart save from Seb Bar­ton.

The Nuts and Bolts stepped up their in­ten­sity be­fore the in­ter­val and again threat­ened from Briggs’ set-pieces.

Briggs’ cor­ner from the right was knocked down by Sean Ray, only for Lye to spurn a clear-cut open­ing to head home.

The cap­tain him­self made no mis­take, though, as he shrugged off his marker to head home an­other cor­ner on the stroke of half-time.

Ref­eree Ea­monn Smith pointed to the penalty spot af­ter 69 min­utes af­ter Tony Browne was hauled down in the area.

Sher­wood stepped up and slot­ted into the bot­tom right cor­ner and de­spite Brad­shaw div­ing the right way, the for­mer Portsmouth keeper could not keep out the Nuts and Bolts’ third.

Lovell sub­sti­tuted Craig Wilkins and Ryan Briggs soon af­ter but still Wal­ton pro­vided lit­tle threat.

An­thony Gale – son of ex-West Ham leg­end and Wal­ton Ca­su­als di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tony – came clos­est for John Mor­ris’ men with a shot that caught Bar­ton off bal­ance but the ex-Hast­ings keeper skil­fully man­aged to deny the Wal­ton mid­fielder on the run back to goal.

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