United fal­ter af­ter Hill strikes first

Ash­ford United

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Ash­ford United went down 4-1 against Folke­stone In­victa in the George Sargeant Memo­rial Shield at Home­lands on Tues­day night.

The sec­ond an­nual fix­ture was ar­ranged in mem­ory of Sargeant and Dave Wil­liams – an­other stal­wart of both clubs, who died in April.

Pro­gramme sales and a col­lec­tion among a crowd of nearly 300 raised funds for Wil­liams’ Foun­da­tion char­i­ties.

Rory Hill put United in front af­ter 18 min­utes be­fore Jor­dan Wright lev­elled five min­utes later.

Sam Hasler’s 35-yard free-kick put the vis­i­tors 2-1 up just be­fore the half hour to lead at the break. United con­ceded a third soon af­ter half-time when Joe Taylor man­aged to score, de­spite be­ing in­jured in a col­li­sion with United goal­keeper George Ka­murasi in the build-up.

The In­victa striker was forced off and re­placed by Ian Dray­cott who net­ted the fourth with 18 min­utes left.

Shaun Welford’s 19-minute hat-trick helped United beat East­bourne Town 5-3 on Satur­day.

The East Sus­sex club, who knocked United out of the FA Vase last sea­son, went ahead on the half hour, be­fore Hill made it 1-1 within 60 sec­onds.

Welford got his first five min­utes later and made it 2-1 four min­utes af­ter the restart.

Town pulled one back within a minute, United’s No.2 com­plet­ing his tre­ble soon af­ter.

East­bourne hit their third af­ter 72 min­utes, be­fore sub­sti­tute Harry Laven­der notched United’s fifth four min­utes from time.

Matt Day scored twice as United beat Erith & Belvedere 3-0 last Thurs­day. Ben Davis­son added the other.

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