Coach Laslett wary of Kent ri­vals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Danny Laslett is adopt­ing a cau­tious ap­proach ahead of Ash­ford’s Kent Sus­sex Re­gional 1 home game against Kent ri­vals Gore Court on Satur­day (1pm). The Ball Lane head coach saw his team hit nine with­out re­ply past lowly Wor­thing last weekend in their first game back fol­low­ing the mid­sea­son break but he ex­pects the Sit­ting­bourne club to be a tougher chal­lenge this weekend. Laslett said: “We drew 2-2 against them ear­lier this sea­son but were two down with only six min­utes left. We have to be wary of them be­cause they have im­proved since then.” He added: “We played pretty well at Wor­thing but it wasn’t a near per­fect dis­play. They are sec­ond from bot­tom and weren’t great but all credit to them for at­tack­ing us re­ally high in the open­ing five or 10 min­utes. “We then started to break them up, scor­ing three times in the open­ing quar­ter of an hour, al­low­ing us to re­lax which is key to how we play.” The vic­tory leaves Ash­ford joint sec­ond with Old Bor­de­ni­ans, three points be­hind lead­ers Tun­bridge Wells but boast­ing a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence. Laslett said: “We like be­ing in the chas­ing group but there is still a long way to go.” For­mer skip­per Toby Clifton-Holt is again side­lined by a re­cur­rence of back trou­ble but the club hope he re­turns be­fore the end of the sea­son.

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