Folke­stone un­able to hold back leaders

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

FOLKE­STONE suf­fered a third suc­ces­sive home de­feat in the Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South, los­ing to in-form Cray Wan­der­ers on Satur­day.

It was a sixth straight league win for ta­ble-top­ping Cray, who took a 3-0 lead, be­fore Frankie Chap­pell scored a late con­so­la­tion for Neil Cu­g­ley’s side.

Folke­stone made changes to the side that drew at Corinthian- Ca­su­als the week be­fore. Kieran Byrne re­placed James Everitt (ham­string) in at­tack but came off at half-time with a re­cur­rence of his knee in­jury.

Billy Swal­low came in at left­back in place of Josh Vin­cent (virus).

Early chances fell to both teams and Folke­stone were given a scare when Colin Luck­ett hit a post.

Jamie Wood, who had a brief spell at Folke­stone, gave Cray the lead on 27 min­utes when his shot bounced in off the un­der­side of the bar af­ter strike part­ner Leigh Brem­ner had set him up.

James Dry­den shot a chance wide be­fore the break and Cray went into the in­ter­val a goal ahead.

That lead was dou­bled soon af­ter the re-start when Scott Kinch net­ted from close range.

Steve Aris made it 3-0 in the 68th minute when he headed home a cross from Wood.

Chap­pell pulled a goal back two min­utes from time when he con­verted Jimmy Jack­son’s cor­ner kick.

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Mitchell Sher­wood drives for­ward for Ash­ford against Mer­stham on Satur­day

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