United falter after Hill strikes first
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.