Sunk by three-goal burst
Ashford men’s 1sts squandered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 in Kent/ Sussex Regional 1 at Gore Court on Saturday.
Ronan Taggart scored twice and Andy Hill hit the other to put the visitors in control, only for Ashford to concede three times in the final 20 minutes.
Skipper Sam Handley: “All three came from short corners, which is always their main threat.
“We were in front and could have got several more but our final ball let us down.
“We must learn to put games to bed if we are to maintain our challenge for the play-offs. It was disappointing but we’ll kick on.”
Hill put Ashford in front, scoring into an empty net after the home keeper cleared the ball straight to him.
Taggart got his first from a breakaway as Ashford led 2-1 at half-time, before adding his second to put the visitors seemingly in control.
Court pulled one back, with former Ashford player-coach Aaron Glass claiming the last touch, before levelling with a fierce strike.
Five minutes were left when Court grabbed the decider with a one-on-one bottom corner finish, after winning possession from a turnover.
The defeat drops Ashford one place to sixth.
Ashford will unveil their new kit sponsor at the weekend, having been forced to postpone the launch last month due to delivery delays.
Four of the sides are all playing at Ball Lane, with the club also holding a president’s lunch.
In other matches, Ashford 2nds beat Maidstone 2nds 3-2 in Kent 1, while the 3rds lost at home to Folkestone by the same score in Kent 2.
The 4ths lost 3-1 away at Bromley/Beckenham in Open Premier A, while the 6ths lost 3-0 at home to Burnt Ash in Division 4.
Ashford ladies drew 1-1 at home to Havering in East Women’s League Division 2 South East, while the 2nds and 3rds both lost in Kent 1.
The 2nds went down 2-0 at Marden Russets, while the 3rds lost 3-0 at home to Holcombe.
Ashford 2nds drive the ball past the Maidstone 2nds’ defence
to score in Saturday’s 3-2 win
Ashford’s Laura Jakeman under pressure from
Ashford men’s 2nds challenged by Maidstone 2nds. Left, Ashford ladies’ Caroline Morris celebrates the goal against Havering