Denly dou­ble rubs it in

LOVELL’S MEN SLIDE BACK TO SEC­OND FROM BOT­TOM AS WHIT­STABLE EASE THEIR WOR­RIES

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

ASH­FORD Town slumped to within a point of the Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South base­ment af­ter they were to­tally out­played by Kent ri­vals Whit­stable Town on Satur­day.

The Oys­ter­men, who moved two points above Town as a re­sult of the victory, cruised to victory with Sam Denly help­ing him­self to a cou­ple of goals be­fore for­mer Nuts and Bolts’ Joe Hitchings con­demned Steve Lovell’s side to their sixth de­feat in their last nine matches.

Lovell made one en­forced change from the side that bat­tled to a point at Burgess Hill last week.

Top scorer Joe Fuller missed out with a foot in­jury and he was re­placed by Danny Lye.

The hosts had the bet­ter of the open­ing ex­changes and Tom Parker fired a Dan Wisker cross over be­fore Dar­ren Ibrahim had to be alert to deny Ben Smith.

At the other end, Ash­ford strug­gled to cre­ate much with Lee Hockey’s mis-di­rected header the clos­est they came.

The open­ing goal came on 22 min­utes when Denly timed his jump well to pow­er­fully head home Gareth Corn­hill’s cor­ner.

Mark Mun­day’s men were in to­tal con­trol and were on the hunt for their sec­ond goal which came just be­fore the in­ter­val.

Again Ash­ford failed to deal with a cor­ner as a Tom Parker de­liv­ery fell to Denly and he made no mis­take.

The vis­i­tors had been to­tally out­played in the first-half and the trend con­tin­ued into the sec­ond half de­spite Steve Springett head­ing just over and Nick Smith be­ing de­nied by keeper Kevin Fewell

Whit­stable’s third goal came on the hour mark. The lively David Cory was again in­volved, hold­ing the ball up well be­fore play­ing in Hitchings who slot­ted past Ibrahim.

Lovell re­sponded by mak­ing a triple change, send­ing on youngsters Matt New­man, Dan Scorer and Sam Con­lon and for the fi­nal 20 min­utes, Ash­ford played with a lit­tle more pas­sion but rarely threat­ened Fewell in the home goal.

Things could have been worse for Town but Ibrahim pulled off a su­perb div­ing save to deny Hitchings his sec­ond.

Ash­ford were de­nied a late con­so­la­tion when Mark Lovell had a header cleared off the line but in the end it was a stroll in the park for the home side.

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