Chap­pell’s derby de­light

BRAG­GING RIGHTS GO LEADERS’ WAY BUT ASH­FORD MAKE A GAME OF IT AF­TER A BAT­TLING PER­FOR­MANCE

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

DE­FENDER Frankie Chap­pell’s first-half win­ner de­cided this top ver­sus bot­tom Ry­man League Divi­sion 1 South Box­ing Day derby in front of 522 fans – the big­gest crowd of the sea­son – at Cheri­ton Road.

The re­sult may have gone to form but bat­tling Ash­ford might have grabbed a late point af­ter Mitchell Sher­wood and sub­sti­tutes Nick Smith and new boy Tom Mur­phy all went close, while Folke­stone sub­sti­tute Jimmy Dry­den also wasted a great chance to score their sec­ond.

Neil Cu­g­ley’s Christ­mas was made even bet­ter as all of Folke­stone’s main ri­vals dropped points, while Ash­ford’s 11th game without a win saw them fail to score for the sixth time in seven games.

The hosts’ Jimmy Jack­son went close twice early on, while Ash­ford de­fender Lau­rence Har­vey fired into the side net­ting and Danny Lye also headed wide for the Nuts and Bolts. Kevin Swais­land could also have put them in front twice with bet­ter fin­ish­ing

Har­vey and fel­low de­fender Lee Hockey both de­nied Si­mon Austin with im­pres­sive chal­lenges be­fore Folke­stone took the lead five min­utes from half­time.

Ash­ford goal­keeper Dar­ren Ibrahim punched Jack­son’s cross clear to the edge of the area but the ball was knocked back in for Chap­pell to head home.

Ibrahim saved well twice from Dar­ren Smith and also pro­duced an even bet­ter stop from Austin be­fore Har­vey made an­other im­por­tant clear­ance off his own line.

Pic­ture: Paul Den­nis pd1659252

Folke­stone In­victa’s Jimmy Jack­son gets a shot away de­spite be­ing un­der pres­sure against Ash­ford

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