New­combe sets up win

Sun­day League

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Top scorer Lewis New­combe hit his 15th goal of the sea­son as Gi­vau­dan clinched their fourth suc­ces­sive win, beat­ing Mer­sham Re­serves 2-1 to close the gap on Di­vi­sion 3 lead­ers Char­ing Re­serves to five points. A minute’s si­lence was ob­served be­fore the game for for­mer Mer­sham player Tony Fel­son who died last week. The match was one of only two games – both played at The Ridge – to have sur­vived in another weekend of post­pone­ments. New­combe poked home the opener, con­vert­ing Sean Wal­lis’ set-up and both play­ers went close to ex­tend­ing the lead be­fore half-time. Ewan Stan­ley lev­elled early in the sec­ond half, be­fore man-of-the match Alex Shell grabbed the win­ner. Nick Hick­mott’s dou­ble, and one each by Neil Town­ley, Tom Brum­bridge and Adam Ras­mussen eased Stour Val­ley to a third suc­ces­sive win, 5-1 against Park Farm Rangers. They move out of the bot­tom-two for the first time this sea­son. Val­ley had a poor start to the sea­son with five straight de­feats but new re­cruits have seen an up­turn. The de­feat ex­tended Farm’s run to six games with­out a win, with Kevin Oak­ley’s sev­enth goal of the cam­paign their only con­so­la­tion. Levin Ath­letic’s Di­vi­sion 1 game at home to Red Hea­thens sur­vived the weather, only for the visi­tors to fail to raise a side.

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