Ward leads the way

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.

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