Sloppy start so costly

TOO LIT­TLE TOO LATE: Hill strikes twice but Ash­ford pay for hand­ing leaders a three-goal lead

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

ASH­FORD suf­fered a cruel blow on Satur­day when they lost 3-2 to ru­n­away South Premier League Divi­sion 2 league leaders Wim­ble­don.

A sloppy open­ing 20 min­utes cost Ash­ford dear.

Their back line floun­dered un­der pres­sure and Wim­ble­don’s for­mer Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional striker Tris­tram Wood­house helped him­self to two goals.

The sec­ond half, how­ever, saw a much im­proved Ash­ford per­for­mance, led by Andy Hill who was in im­pres­sive form on the left wing.

Wim­ble­don, how­ever, scored again against the run of play, with the Aussie com­plet­ing his hat-trick but Ash­ford then dom­i­nated the clos­ing stages.

A mis-timed shot from Wim­ble­don sat up on the half vol­ley for Keir Star­ley to launch a 60-yard clear­ance and Hill ran on to con­verted in style.

Hill then scored again in the dy­ing sec­onds but it was too lit­tle, too late and now Ash­ford must win their re­main­ing three matches to be sure of sur­vival. ASH­FORD men’s 6ths got back to winning ways with a su­perb 6-1 win at Old Bor­de­ni­ans.

Shaun Mur­phy scored a hat-trick, with their oth­ers com­ing from Piers An­der­son, Ver­non Chap­man and Tim Fall. Ash­ford’s next match is against leaders Mar­den Rus­sets, who have only lost once all sea­son.

Above: Lucy An­der­son of Folke­stone Ladies is de­nied by the keeper dur­ing the 7-1 victory over Steve­nage on Satur­day. Left, Nicki Tim­mins on the move and be­low, Janet Fada­gio demon­strates good ball con­trol

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