Frus­tra­tion mounts for shot-shy Town

BLANK AF­TER­NOON: Draw at Whyte­leafe makes it five away games without a win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

TOWN’S away form con­tin­ues to threaten to de­rail the club’s play-off push as the Nuts and Bolts made it five away games without a win at rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Whyte­leafe on Satur­day.

Chances were at a pre­mium on a Church Road pitch that bob­bled ev­ery­where, with the best fall­ing to the home side’s Sean Rivers late on.

Man­ager Steve Lovell kept faith with the side that beat Mer­stham the week be­fore, re­sist­ing the temp­ta­tion to start with fit-again lead­ing scorer Paul Jones.

Jones would even­tu­ally en­ter the fray, but his ap­pear­ance did lit­tle to spark a goal-shy away at­tack into life.

The vis­i­tors did start the stronger, how­ever, with Craig Wilkins test­ing Leafe keeper Robert O’Hara, but de­spite the dom­i­nance Town couldn’t find a goal.

Whyte­leafe were also find­ing ef­forts on tar­get hard to come by, with only Robert Smith’s close-range shot, and Rivers’ ef­fort that hit the cross­bar giv­ing the vis­i­tors cause for con­cern.

The first half was en­ter­tain­ing com­pared with the rest of the match, as the sec­ond pe­riod saw both sides can­cel each other out.

Smith shot wide for Town on the hour mark, be­fore see­ing his stabbed ef­fort well blocked by Ali Reeve seven min­utes later, as Town’s at­tempts to break down Leafe failed.

Then, 10 min­utes from time, Seb Bar­ton pro­duced the save of the match to give Town a share of the spoils, as he tipped Rivers’ lob over the bar, when the ball looked des­tined to nes­tle in the back of the net.

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