Fi­nal work-out a good test

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

Player-coach Lloyd Black­man made a scor­ing re­turn to old club Whit­stable as Ash­ford United com­pleted their com­pet­i­tive pre-sea­son build-up at Bel­mont on Satur­day.

It was another good test against Ryman League, Divi­sion 1 South op­po­si­tion, fol­low­ing games at Rams­gate and Faver­sham and again United went in front.

Gary Mick­el­bor­ough went close mid­way through the first half, be­fore home keeper Luke Watkins de­nied United twice in six min­utes, tip­ping the sec­ond ef­fort over the bar.

Ian Pul­man had Town’s best chances be­fore skip­per Gary Clarke tapped home United’s opener four min­utes be­fore half-time.

United con­tin­ued

their good WHIT­STABLE T ASH­FORD UTD work in the sec­ond half and pressed for a sec­ond, only for Pul­man to put Whit­stable level just past the hour mark, pun­ish­ing a United de­fen­sive mis­take.

Ryan Gold­ing added a sec­ond from the spot three min­utes af­ter Scott Heard was fouled be­fore the lat­ter and Tom Loynes missed out on adding to Town’s lead

Gold­ing dou­bled his tally 17 min­utes from time, af­ter United goal­keeper Joe Mant kept out Heard’s first ef­fort, be­fore Black­man headed in Ash­ford’s sec­ond just be­fore the end.

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