Come­back seals cup up­set


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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

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