Sunk by three-goal burst

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hockey -

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.

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4198516

Ash­ford 2nds drive the ball past the Maid­stone 2nds’ de­fence

to score in Satur­day’s 3-2 win

FM4198381

Ash­ford’s Laura Jake­man un­der pres­sure from

Haver­ing

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4198524, above; FM4198434, left

Ash­ford men’s 2nds chal­lenged by Maid­stone 2nds. Left, Ash­ford ladies’ Caro­line Mor­ris cel­e­brates the goal against Haver­ing

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