Men hit ri­vals Court for six

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Sam Han­d­ley and Ki­agh Bridges both scored twice as Ash­ford Men’s 1sts en­joyed another big win, beat­ing county ri­vals Gore Court 6-0 in Kent/Sus­sex Re­gional 1 on Satur­day.

They fol­lowed up the 9-0 win at Wor­thing the pre­vi­ous week, with three goals in each half to cap another im­pres­sive dis­play.

The club held a Pres­i­dent’s Lunch be­fore the game, en­sur­ing a good-sized crowd and Rob Play­ford’s open­ing strike af­ter just 27 sec­onds set the tone for the af­ter­noon.

Bridges made it 2-0 and Tim Good­win added a third be­fore half-time, flick­ing the ball home from skip­per Paul Cheap’s set-up, fol­low­ing a penalty cor­ner.

Bridges made it 4-0 with his sec­ond early in the sec­ond-half be­fore Han­d­ley got in on the scor­ing act, cour­tesy of two de­flec­tions.

Ash­ford won the cir­cle pen­e­tra­tion count 34-15, while another clean-sheet boosted their im­pres­sive goal dif­fer­ence to plus 35, putting them ahead of this weekend’s op­po­nents, Old Bor­de­ni­ans who also have 27 points and boast an iden­ti­cal play­ing record to Danny Laslett’s side.

Andy Hill scored twice for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive game as Ash­ford 2nds suf­fered only their sec­ond Kent Area Di­vi­sion 1 de­feat, a 4-3 loss against Court at Sit­ting­bourne.

The de­feat ended an 11- match un­beaten run stretch­ing back to Oc­to­ber 5. Dur­ing that se­quence, Ash­ford had won seven and drawn four.

Birth­day boy Alex Newton cel­e­brated with a hat-trick as Ash­ford 3rds beat lowly Grave­sham 5-1 in Kent Di­vi­sion 2.

Two-goal skip­per Matt Carter put them ahead with a penalty stroke af­ter he was fouled in the build-up, fol­low­ing Lawrence Richards’ ex­cel­lent pass.

Man-of-the-match Newton swept home his first, con­vert­ing a re­bound from Dave Bulgin’s goal­bound shot be­fore Carter saw another ef­fort cleared off the line. Grave­sham then pulled one back be­fore half-time, pun­ish­ing an Ash­ford mis­take. Newton scored his sec­ond for a 3-1 lead, run­ning on to another re­bound from Carter’s shot, be­fore com­plet­ing his hat-trick with the fourth.

Richard Wicker set-up Carter’s sec­ond with some skil­ful work on the right, slot­ting the ball back for the cap­tain to score the fifth.

Jon Bar­rett, John Brown­ing and Gary Sut­ton net­ted for the 4ths in a 3-0 win at Old Bor­de­ni­ans in Kent Out­door Pre­mier A.

Goal­keeper Harry Miles pulled off sev­eral fine saves as Ash­ford 5ths went down 3-0 at Mar­den Rus­sets 3rds.

In­juries forced sev­eral play­ers to be drafted in from lower teams, in­clud­ing Mark Rooney, Robin Miller and John West.

The 6ths went down 4-0 at Cob­down 1sts at Dit­ton.

Paul Wade, Matt Good­win and Matt An­der­son net­ted as An­tiques main­tained their un­beaten record in 2014 with a third suc­ces­sive Out­door Di­vi­sion win – 3- 1 over Cob­down.

Ash­ford Ladies are still look­ing for their first point of the new year af­ter suf­fer­ing a third suc­ces­sive 3-0 de­feat against East Women’s Di­vi­sion 2 South East lead­ers Hol­combe.

They put up a de­ter­mined dis­play, full of de­sire but con­ceded two goals in five min­utes against the Rochester visi­tors who in­cluded four in­ter­na­tion­als in a squad of 16.

Emma Payne got the early de­cid­ing goal as the 2nds beat Tun­bridge Wells 1-0 in Kent Di­vi­sion 1.

New­com­ers Livy Palmer and Laura Jake­man have both set­tled in well, while goal­keeper Jazz Shep­hard con­tin­ues to im­prove in ev­ery game.

Ash­ford are fourth, level on points with the team above them, BBHC.

Linda Charl­ton’s hat-trick and Jodi Tan­ton’s dou­ble paved the way for Ash­ford 3rds’ 5-2 win at bot­tom side Old Wil­liamso­ni­ans in Kent Di­vi­sion 2. Their third con­sec­u­tive win also leaves them fourth.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3004938

Ash­ford player-coach Danny Laslett moves away from a

Gore Court op­po­nent

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The Gore Court keeper man­ages to deny Ash­ford but he was beaten six times at

Ball Lane on Satur­day

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Two-goal Sam Han­d­ley takes on the Gore Court de­fence

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