Missed chances prove costly

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4950065

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

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