Cavaliers cruise to cup glory
ASHFORD & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE: Moon hiTS hAT-TriCk To guiDe hiS SiDe To viCTory AT hoMeLAnDS Peter Pain Memorial Division 2 League Cup final Division 3
Matt Moon netted a hat-trick for Ashford Cavaliers who eased to an impressive 6-0 cup final win against Appledore at Homelands.
Cavaliers started the brighter and opened the scoring through Adam Purse, who volleyed in from Luke Hughes’ corner.
Moon raced onto a long ball over the top and fired home to double Cavaliers’ advantage before Dan Reynolds broke clear to finish well.
Appledore couldn’t find a way past James Atkins in the Cavaliers goal and then found themselves 4-0 down in the second half when Moon grabbed his second.
Man-of-the-match Moon netted his hat-trick goal before Jack Bundock completed the scoring.
Cavaliers manager Andy Ward said: “I have played football for many years and watched for even more but Sunday’s win was without doubt my favourite and best moment.”
Gary Lockyer’s treble looked to have sealed a comfortable victory but a Paul Mabb own-goal and a late Dan Wanstall effort helped set up a nervous finish for Liam Smith’s side.
At the other end of the table, Charing Sunday secured their first league victory in five games as they just got the better of Brewmaster 2-1, with goals from Gary Turner and Ross Prebble. their defence of the Val Helen League Cup next weekend with a 3-1 home win against Lolzors at South Road.
Goals from John Smith, Ashley Sales and Tony Dunham did the damage, with Antonio Miguel replying.
Spartans face Kennington in next Sunday’s final. Third-placed White Horse returned from their trip to Troggs Reserves 6-1 winners.
Aaron Cook hit a hat-trick and there were further goals from James Nuttall and Jamie White which added to an own-goal. Ben Allen netted Troggs’ consolation effort.
Fourth-placed Bromley Green suffered a third defeat in four games, losing 2-0 to Kingsnorth Pilgrims, for whom Russell Marsh and Karl Crick were both on target.
Josh Mills and Asa McKenzie scored for Ashford Spartans who drew 2-2 at Fox Sunday. Fox battled back to earn a draw thanks to two goals in the final 10 minutes through substitute Ross Struthers and Tom Wilmhurst.
Goalkeeper Dan Noden came to the rescue to save a late Spartans penalty when the score was 2-1.