One step nearer safety

MOV­ING UP: Hard-fought away win moves Ash­ford out of the bot­tom two for first time in months

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1552774

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

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