Calami­tous goal sets tone

KEEPER’S HOR­REN­DOUS MIS­TAKE HANDS TAN­NERS THE INI­TIA­TIVE AS TOWN’S PROB­LEMS CON­TINUE TO MOUNT

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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.

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