Sharpe’s boys march on

ASH­FORD & DISTRICT SUN­DAY LEAGUE: WILLES­BOR­OUGH RE­SERVES ONE WIN AWAY FROM COUNTY FI­NAL

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sports -

Kent Sun­day Ju­nior Tro­phy

Willes­bor­ough Re­serves are just 90 min­utes away from the fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Shep­way Spar­tans 3-2.

Brad Sharpe’s young side now face ei­ther Ash­stone Galac­ti­cos or AFC West­gate United in the last four, with the win­ners go­ing on to the fi­nal at Maid­stone United’s Gal­lagher Sta­dium in April.

Divi­sion 1 Shep­way took the lead through John Smith but Tom Wilkes lev­elled for Willes­bor­ough.

The Divi­sion 2 side then went 2-1 ahead be­fore the break thanks to James Bond’s header but Shep­way equalised just af­ter the restart through Dayle Ash­ford.

Willes­bor­ough were re­duced to 10 men when de­fender Jack Acott was shown a se­cond yel­low but it was the Millers who went on to score the third goal when winger Matt Jarvis fin­ished well in a one-on-one with Spar­tans keeper Lee Mil­ton.

She­ber Tro­phy

Lol­zors needed ex­tra-time to get past New Rom­ney and progress to the semi-fi­nals, where they will face Bur­ton Grove for a place in the fi­nal.

With the game end­ing goal­less af­ter 90 min­utes, two Ash­ley Stone strikes and one from Jack Bun­dock helped Lol­zors to a 3-1 vic­tory. John Simp­son was on tar­get for the Marsh side.

Join­ing them in the next round are Divi­sion 2 lead­ers Prince Al­bert who beat Oceans Eleven 4-1, with goals Ryan Prior (2), Danny Bell-Hughes and Jor­dan Grif­fin. Al­bert will face Ap­ple­dore or Grasshop­pers in the last four.

Premier Divi­sion

Two goals from striker Ben Forbes helped Troggs move off of the bot­tom as they earned 2-1 vic­tory at home to strug­gling Brew­mas­ter (Matt Clarke).

Troggs move above Aldington in the stand­ings and the Brews now find them­selves in a rel­e­ga­tion fight with just three points sep­a­rat­ing the bot­tom four teams.

Divi­sion 1

Lead­ers Willes­bor­ough Ath­letic ex­tended their lead to 14 points as they won 5-2 at Cheri­ton. Luke Bur­don’s hat-trick saw the teenage striker move on to 43 goals for the sea­son.

Cheri­ton led at half-time thanks to Ash­ley Boyd’s fine strike. But the Millers looked a dif­fer­ent side in the se­cond half and soon lev­elled through Bur­don.

The hosts were dealt a fur­ther blow soon af­ter when they were re­duced to 10 men and Willes­bor­ough cap­i­talised go­ing 2-1 ahead through Bur­don.

The for­ward soon com­pleted his hat-trick and fur­ther goals from Doug Rob­son and Craig King sealed the points but not be­fore Ben Ash­ton pulled a goal back for Cheri­ton.

Divi­sion 1 Cup

Char­ing Sun­day took an­other big step in their de­fence of the com­pe­ti­tion as they went through to the semi-fi­nals with a 3-0 home win against Iden Park.

Goals from Cameron Forbes, Dar­ryl Ge­orge and a penalty from Richard Floyd were enough to see off Iden.

Divi­sion 2

Bot­tom of the ta­ble Ash­ford Cava­liers are still search­ing for their first league vic­tory but they did pick up a point in a 2-2 home draw against Grasshop­pers.

Andy Ward and Dan Reynolds were on tar­get for Cava­liers. Grasshop­pers replied with goals from Harry Han­naford and Shan­non Hod­son.

Divi­sion 3

Ash­ford United Colts moved back up to se­cond thanks to a 2-1 vic­tory against Aldington Re­serves.

Goals from Al­fie Dry­land and Sean Corps were enough for the Colts to stretch their un­beaten league run to seven games, de­spite Kevin Ruane 10th goal of the cam­paign for Aldington.

For­mer Bur­ton Grove mid­fielder Dean Met­calfe con­tin­ues to en­joy his re­turn to Ash­ford Spar­tans as he net­ted a hat-trick in an 8-0 vic­tory at Stour Val­ley.

Ben Bee­ble-Rogers and Deryn Hard­wick scored twice for Spar­tans, while Lewis Robin­son added an eighth.

Ash­ford Dynamo took ad­van­tage of a free week­end to set up a friendly against Hythe Town un­der-18s at Home­lands Sta­dium. Dynamo won 6-0 thanks to goals from Conor Lit­tle (3), Aaron White (2) and Jamie Dob­bin.

Pic­ture: Tracey Corps

Ash­ford United Colts, green, push for­ward dur­ing their 2-1 vic­tory over Aldington Re­serves in Divi­sion 3

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