One step nearer safety
MOVING UP: Hard-fought away win moves Ashford out of the bottom two for first time in months
ASHFORD men’s 1sts moved out of the South Premier League Division 2 relegation zone for the first time in months with a hard-fought victory at highly-placed Winchester.
Winchester’s threat at penalty corners was obvious but Ashford’s homework paid off as Keir Starley dealt with the drag flicker with ease, and the defensive unit cleaned up the rebounds with confidence.
At the other end, Paul Cheap’s drag flick at a short corner gave Ashford the lead.
Soon after, a fine move down the right ended with man-of-thematch Rob Playford crossing for Sam Handley to turn home at the back post.
The second half was tough going as both sides struggled to find their fluent best on a bouncy pitch.
Winchester finally pulled a goal back from a rebound, and Ashford were now facing a nervy finish.
Winchester, however, lost their heads and had two players sin binned.
Ashford capitalised and from a short corner the first shot was half saved but Dan Wells looped the ball over the keeper’s head into the roof of the net for Ashford’s third.
Ashford can take another huge step towards avoiding relegation on Saturday when they entertain Richmond, who are next to bottom.
ASHFORD 2nds cruised to a 5-2 victory over a young Lewes side.
They led 4-0 at the break through goals by Barlow, Hellyer, Spain and Newton, and then Fox added number five in the second half. Man-of-thematch was James Galvin.
Kim Cameron of Ashford Ladies skips past the Bexleyheath and Belvedere 2nd team keeper during Saturday’s 4-1 win in the Kent Premier Division