Town suf­fer ma­jor play-off set­back

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

ASH­FORD Town’s Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South play-off hopes all but ended on Satur­day as they lost 3-2 at home to fel­low pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Fleet Town.

All the goals came in a thrilling sec­ond half, as Ash­ford, who had Shawn Beveney sent-off be­fore the in­ter­val, came from two goals down, only to con­cede the win­ner with seven min­utes left. A bumper Home­lands crowd were treated to a tight first half, with Stan­ley Muguo’s ef­fort the clos­est ei­ther side came to scor­ing.

Striker Beveney’s scuf­fle with vis­it­ing cap­tain Steve Noakes led to the Guyana in­ter­na­tional’s red card on 40 min­utes and 13 min­utes into the sec­ond half, Fleet were 2-0 ahead.

Steve Hem­mings and Nathan Smart were the scor­ers, with goals that looked like end­ing Ash­ford’s hopes.

The hosts had other ideas, though, and mounted a spir­ited fight­back. With 11 min­utes left, sub­sti­tute Tony Browne crossed and vis­it­ing de­fender Michael Dougles sliced his clear­ance into the net, giv­ing goal­keeper David Smal­ley no chance.

Three min­utes later, Ash­ford were level when Char­lie Glyde’s cor­ner was con­verted by Craig Wilkins.

The equaliser sparked wild cel­e­bra­tions among the home con­tin­gent but they were short­lived as Wilkins turned from hero to vil­lain, miss­ing a clear­ance to al­low Jamie McClurg to score the win­ner.

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