Missed chances prove costly
Ashford United will have to wait another year for their first FA Trophy run after losing to Sittingbourne in the preliminary round.
Manager Jason Whitmore was left frustrated on Saturday after his side failed to take their chances against a Brickies outfit flying high in Bostik South.
Whitmore also lost Jon Difford and Joe Bingham to injuries in the warm-up and the Nuts & Bolts never quite recovered from that blow.
Sittingbourne took the lead on 29 minutes, Kane Rowland netting the rebound after George Kamurasi had parried Gil Carvalho’s low shot.
Ben Davisson missed an open goal for Ashford after the break, ashForD UTD s’BoUrNe Daren Hawkes’ poor clearance having given him a free shot.
Rowland chipped Kamurasi to make it 2-0 with 20 minutes left and Tom Loynes wasted two good chances to put Ashford even further in the mire.
The hosts threw defender Pat Kingwell up front but they were caught by a third goal in the last minute when David Smith fired home.
“It’s the same old story,” Whitmore said. “For 70 minutes we’re in the game and had the best chance of the first half but we’re not getting the rub of the green.
“I had to play young Charlie Sharp as a centre-back which is not his role. For 70 minutes he did well but then he switched off, made a grave error and they scored.
“For 70 minutes you wouldn’t know they were near the top of the table and we’re down the bottom. But you’ve got to take your chances in football. The problem is we’re not taking them and we’re getting punished.
“They’re not even great footballing goals (we’re conceding), just errors. It’s disheartening for the players.”
Kamurasi, A Phillips, Williams, Sharp, Eldrige, Kingwell, M Phillips (Boateng 76mins), Davisson, Watters (Westney 68mins), Day, Richardson-Brown. Subs not used: Woodcock, Difford, Bingham. 325.
Glover, A Phillips, Dickens, Bingham, Williams (Eldridge 46mins), Kingwell, M Phillips (Boateng 73mins), Davisson, Watters, Day, RichardsonBrown. Subs: Draper, Westney, Woodcock. 68 Ashford take on Sittingbourne at Homelands on Saturday