Calamitous goal sets tone
KEEPER’S HORRENDOUS MISTAKE HANDS TANNERS THE INITIATIVE AS TOWN’S PROBLEMS CONTINUE TO MOUNT
ASHFORD’S struggles on the road continued with defeat at Leatherhead in Ryman League Division 1 South on Saturday.
With Paul Jones still injured and Nick Smith out with illness, Steve Lovell had to recall Kevin Swaisland to partner Mark Lovell in attack. Ross Morley also returned after serving a suspension.
The home side were dominant in the early stages and were rewarded with a calamitous opening goal.
Town keeper Darren Ibrahim’s attempt to throw the ball out only succeeded in hitting one of his own defenders on the back of the head with the ball dropping to Leon Simpson.
The 6ft10in striker lobbed the back-peddling keeper but when the ball hit the base of the post, it bounced back off Ibrahim’s shins and into the net.
The home side doubled their advantage 14 minutes later when Simpson stretched out a long leg to divert Kevin Terry’s cross past Ibrahim.
The Tanners dominated the rest of the half and should have been further ahead had Tommy Hutchings not shot straight at Ibrahim and Simpson not been denied by the keeper.
Ashford’s only attempt of the first half came from Ryan Briggs, who shot wide from 18 yards.
Steve Lovell introduced Dan Scorer and Matt Newman at the expense of Briggs and Carl Harrold at the break and Town improved in the second half but they still didn’t look like penetrating the home defence.
The best chance of the forgettable second half came when Lee Hockey’s long throw-in was headed wide by Swaisland.