Cham­bers left frus­trated by draw

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - -

“Frus­trated” – that was Paul Cham­bers’ feel­ing af­ter the South­ern Coun­ties East League draw against ten­ants City at rainy Home­lands on Mon­day.

A sec­ond blun­der by an op­pos­ing goal­keeper in three games, on this oc­ca­sion 10 min­utes from time by City’s Roddy Hayward, gifted old club United a point.

But Cham­bers was in no mood to com­mis­er­ate with his for­mer player, af­ter City led through Stephen Baines’ eighth-minute opener.

Cham­bers said: “We didn’t get ASH­FORD UTD CAN­TER­BURY C

Re­port: AN­DREW GI­D­LEY out of the blocks at the start and gave them some­thing to hang on to – which they did. We have got to learn from that.

“We didn’t play first half, and weren’t good but did all right in the sec­ond.

“Against Green­wich – we were su­perb first half but pretty bad in the sec­ond.

“Say­ing that, I have got to give the boys credit for keep­ing go­ing. We lost Phil Walsh in the warm-up and five or six oth­ers were strug­gling.”

Bad weather caused two post­pone­ments of this game last sea­son and it looked like it could be a sim­i­lar story this time af­ter heavy rain left sur­face wa­ter on the pitch.

The ground­staff cleared it away at half-time but there was an­other down­pour in the sec­ond half.

The wors­en­ing con­di­tions played a part in United’s equaliser.

Sub­sti­tute Ol­lie Finch thumped a high ball into the Can­ter­bury area from around the half­way line, Hayward came off his line to col­lect, only to let it slip through his hands into the net.

Cham­bers said: “I don’t feel sorry for him but he made some great saves ear­lier when we should be scor­ing. James Everitt – one-on-one has got to score.

“We had some great chances, which we didn’t take and that is the dif­fer­ence between win­ning by four or five and get­ting a 1-1 draw.

“We were the bet­ter side and we should have won.”

City’s Chris Lewis saw an ef­fort de­flected against the bar be­fore Baines put City ahead from close range on eight min­utes.

Tom Scorer’s last-ditch chal­lenge in­side the area, then pro­duced a timely chal­lenge in­side the United box to deny Lewis, as he shaped to shoot.

Scorer Kieran Byrne and Everitt all had chances in the sec­ond half as United pressed for an equaliser.

City had three against one, only for United goal­keeper Joe Mant to cut out the cross, be­fore Cham­bers, five months past his 42nd birth­day, brought him­self on for the fi­nal 12 min­utes of play.

Everitt was then de­nied by de­fender Nick Black­man on the stroke of stop­page-time.

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM3368395, left; FM3368388, right

Left, Ash­ford’s James Everitt tus­sles for pos­ses­sion

with Can­ter­bury’s

Nick Black­man. Right, Gary Mickelborough tack­led by Kane Hem­mings, a chal­lenge which earned the City player

a book­ing

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