Comeback seals cup upset
ASHFORD COME FROM 6-4 DOWN TO SHOCK VISITORS IN EXTRA TIME JUST A DAY AFTER THEY HUMBLE THE LEAGUE LEADERS SECOND STRING HOLD THE LEADERS TO 4-4 DRAW
ASHFORD enjoyed a thrilling weekend with victory over tabletopping Gore Court on Saturday and Conference East opponents Beckenham & Bromley in the Kent Cup the following day.
BromBeck were beaten in extra time in the second round of the cup at Ball Lane, after sharing eight goals during the regular 70 minutes.
Five more goals followed in extra-time and it was Ashford who emerged victorious with a 7-6 win.
The home side had been trailing 6-4 at the half-way point of extratime but some stunning saves from goalkeeper Keir Starley allowed the forward line to go on the rampage.
They scored three goals with Sam Handley bagging the decisive strike – his second of the match.
Also on target on the win were Andrew Hill, Paul Cheap, Rob Playford, James Spain and Toby Clifton Holt.
Ashford will face Canterbury in the third round.
Gore Court and their free-scoring Australian Aaron Glass were kept quiet in Saturday’s game in South Regional League Division 2.
It enabled Ashford to pick up their third straight win and consolidate fourth spot in the table .
Dan Wells had the job of marking Glass and only one shot threatened the Ashford goal and that was turned over the bar by Starley.
Handley opened the scoring and the visitors began to get frustrated. It led to a sin-binning of their skipper and Ashford added a second through Cheap.
The result leaves Ashford just three points behind new leaders Barnes, while Gore Court slipped to second following Saturday’s game.
Ashford’s final fixture before the Christmas break is on Saturday at Wycombe, who are just one point and two places below them in the table.
ASHFORD 2nds slipped to fifth place in Kent Division 1 when they lost 2-1 to Maidstone 2nds, who climbed above them as a result.
The third team picked up their second win of the season in Division 2 with a 4-1 home success over Tunbridge Wells 2nds.
They remain in the bottom half of the table ahead of Saturday’s away match with Gore Court 3rds. FOLKESTONE 2nds gave unbeaten Sutton Valence plenty to think about in their Kent Division 2 clash on Saturday after a 4-4 draw.
League leaders Valence went ahead when Owain East saved but the ball trickled in through Will Matcham’s legs.
Folkestone were soon two goals behind with an almost identical strike to the first but halved the deficit before the interval when Chris Slade swept home.
They restored parity through Sam Ransley, but were soon two goals behind again.
Slade and Ben Allon, however, rescued a point.
FOLKESTONE ladies 1sts lost their East League Division game against St Albans 2nds 3-1.
A quick start from St Albans put Folkestone on the back foot and they scored from a converted short corner.
St Albans netted twice more in the opening 10 minutes, leaving Folkestone with a mountain to climb.
They were given hope after winning a short corner when Janet Fadagio and Lucy Anderson combined well to convert, but that was as good as it got.
CHRIS STEPHENS saved a late penalty to earn Folkestone 4ths a 2-2 draw against Old Williamsonians 3rds in Kent Open Premier C.
Dave Whitehead was in unfamiliar territory, playing upfront, but quickly settled and put Folkestone 1-0 ahead.
OWs equalised and almost scored their second with a penalty flick but hit the post.
Folkestone, however, got the game’s third goal when Mikey Hopkin set up Jonny Meyer.
The Old Boys levelled for a second time and almost snatched the win but Stephens was on hand with his penalty save heroics. THE OPTIMIST 6ths beat Maidstone 6ths 3-0 to move above their opponents in Kent Open Division 5.
Folkestone’s first goal came after Nathan Inglestone’s shot bounced off the keeper’s pads and Joe Thresher netted.
Thresher provided the second which Stewart Cork tapped home and Chris New scored the third. FOLKESTONE 1sts remain in fourth spot despite their 5-2 defeat to Gore Court in the Kent Sussex Regional League 2 with their goals coming from Neil Bristow and Caleb Syce. FOLKESTONE ladies 2nds, meanwhile, lost 6-1 (Fern Champion) to King’s and Alleyn’s in Kent League Division 2.
Ashford, blue, made it three wins in a row with Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Gore Court. The result knocked Court off the top of the table