Dou­ble in­jury woe on re­turn

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Ash­ford Ladies suf­fered a dou­ble in­jury blow as they re­sumed their East Women’s League Di­vi­sion 2 South East pro­gramme on Satur­day with a 3-0 home de­feat by un­beaten lead­ers Brent­wood.

Char­lotte Jen­ner sus­tained a frac­tured cheek­bone af­ter be­ing hit by a stick, while Becky Hover was car­ried off with a sus­pected torn calf mus­cle.

The Es­sex side went in front, pun­ish­ing a de­fen­sive er­ror, and dou­bled their lead with a de­flected ef­fort.

Skip­per Kim Cameron missed out on pulling one back be­fore half-time, when Ash­ford were left two-on-one against the visi­tors. She saw her first at­tempt blocked by the keeper, be­fore a de­fender stopped the re­bound on the line with her stick.

Ash­ford cre­ated sev­eral more chances with Anni White and Cameron go­ing close, only for Brent­wood to get a third via a penalty cor­ner.

Anna Gra­ham started the year in style with her first 2nd Xl hat-trick in a 3-0 Kent Di­vi­sion 1 win over Burnt Ash. Gra­ham slot­ted home the opener, set up by Emma Jake­man, for a 1-0 half-time lead.

She added her sec­ond fol­low­ing good work at the top of the shoot­ing cir­cle, be­fore com­plet­ing her tre­ble.

Livvy Palmer and Re­becca Voice net­ted as the 3rd XI beat Sevenoaks 2-0 in Di­vi­sion 2.

Palmer flicked home a re­bound for the first, while Voice con­verted the sec­ond with a strong fin­ish.

Mark Rooney was another hat-trick scorer as skip­per Harry Pick­er­ing cel­e­brated his 70th birth­day by guid­ing An­tiques to 5- 3 win over Maid­stone in Kent Di­vi­sion 4.

They did it the hard way, com­ing from be­hind three times to clinch the vic­tory, hav­ing trailed 3-2 at the break.

Rooney struck twice in both halves be­fore Matt Good­win’s re­verse flick added the fifth with 10 min­utes left.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2982958

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