Forster makes welcome re­turn with two goals

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

Matt Forster scored twice as Ken­ning­ton made the trip to New Eltham a re­ward­ing one with a 3-1 Premier Di­vi­sion win at Stans­feld O&B Club on Satur­day.

Tom Scorer pulled out through in­jury, lead­ing to Forster’s re­turn to the side – and he made an im­me­di­ate im­pact.

Forster looked set to com­plete his hat-trick, only to be brought down in the box. Jor­dan King scored from the spot as Dan Scorer’s side made it three wins out of four.

The man­ager said: “We were ex­cel­lent against one of the di­vi­sion’s es­tab­lished sides and played them off the park for 90 min­utes. Matt has been away but it was good to have him back af­ter Tom dropped out with a slight hip prob­lem.

“We went 1-0 up, Matt head­ing in from a cor­ner from one of our set­piece rou­tines, which have proved suc­cess­ful so far but Stans­feld were level within a minute.

“A lack of con­cen­tra­tion and a poor back-pass put Billy Shin­ners in – he took it bril­liantly, scor­ing from 30 yards.

“Matt got our sec­ond two min­utes af­ter half-time and won the penalty for the third. Our goal­keeper Tom Barnes also pulled off sev­eral fine saves.”

Kevin Ruane’s late penalty earned Rol­ven­den a Di­vi­sion 2 East point in a 2-2 home draw against Lark­field & New Hythe Wan­der­ers.

Tim Sims fired them in front, fol­low­ing a goal­less first half, only for the visi­tors to score twice and go in front be­fore the hour.

Man­ager Al­bert Adams said of the penalty: “They con­tested the de­ci­sion but it was a two-handed push in the back and looked pretty bla­tant to me.”

Ri­ley Al­ford grabbed a hat-trick as new-boys Willes­bor­ough Ath­letic went top of Di­vi­sion 3 East af­ter a 8-0 win over fel­low new­com­ers West Far­leigh.

Man­ager Lee James has as­sem­bled an al­most com­pletely new side fol­low­ing the club’s step-up, hav­ing won the Ash­ford Satur­day League ti­tle and four other tro­phies last sea­son.

Al­ford is one of sev­eral new faces at the club with fel­low new-boys Deon Bepo, Jack Oven­den, Lewis Rae and Ryan Strand all on tar­get.

James said: “We lost Matt and Luke Bur­don to a higher level of football and felt that six oth­ers weren’t good enough and didn’t have the right at­ti­tude and fo­cus to help take us for­ward, not just this sea­son but the next two or three years and grow with us.” Rol­ven­den man­ager Al­bert Adams

‘Matt’s been away but it’s good to have him back’

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