Ward leads the way
A SUPERB free-kick from Andy Ward sent Riverside on their way to a 3-0 victory over Snodland Town in the Kent Junior Cup.
Despite not playing for nearly four weeks, Riverside began brightly with Stuart Kingsnorth twice going close, first with a volley that was tipped over, and then from a close-range header which went wide.
Guy Farmer, Chris Clements and man-of-thematch Richard Long all went close after that but the half finished goalless.
The breakthrough arrived 10 minutes into the second half when skipper Farmer was brought down 20 yards out and Ward curled the ball over the wall and into the top right hand corner.
More chances followed and with 20 minutes to go Riverside doubled their lead when Long’s close-range shot was saved and Farmer was on hand to smash home the rebound from five yards.
Riverside added a third in the dying minutes when Clements crossed to the neat post where David Gearing outjumped the marker to head home.
AFC Ocean made it six wins out of six at the top of the Premier Division by winning 4-1 at Bethersden.
Tom Bell opened the scoring when he headed home from a corner, and it was another headed effort which doubled their lead as David Bourne scored from George Bourne’s long throw.
The ploy worked again when Bell headed in another long throw from George Bourne but Bethersden then pulled a goal back though Shaun Redden.
The home side battled bravely to reduce the deficit in the second half but Ocean stood firm and they added a fourth goal when Luke Henderson’s lovely pass enabled Andy Norris to score.
New Romney 3rds kept up the pressure in second with a 3-2 success over Wittersham.
Greg Hitchman, John Carr and Aurin Johnson scored the goals.
The only other game to survive the weather saw Rolvenden edge out Mountfield 3-2 in the Hawkhurst Cup. Tim Sims struck twice, with Shane Sims also on target. THE only game to take place this weekend saw Ashford Victoria travel to Maidstone to play their Kent Cup game against previously unbeaten Mote Park Rangers and they came away winning 4-2.
Two first-half goals from Jack Bundock put Victoria in control when just before half time Mote Park pulled one back when Wayne Cleave headed a corner into his own goal.
A free-kick from Darren Pattson and a Shane Jupp strike in the second half sewed things up before Cleave with another own goal rounded off the scoring.