Vic­tory enough for top spot

Ash­ford

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Ash­ford re­gained top spot in Ken­tSus­sex Re­gional 2 with a 5-1 win at South­wick on Satur­day.

They made one change to their start­ing line up, with Ben Shep­ard com­ing into mid­field to re­place the in­jured Ben Davis.

South­wick started strongly and pres­surised the Ash­ford back­line early in the game. The vis­i­tors were slow to set­tle and con­ceded an early short cor­ner which was saved by Rob Allen, who had an­other strong per­for­mance in goal.

Some last-ditch de­fend­ing from Ricky John­son and Ben Daw­son kept the score level as the half pro­gressed.

Ash­ford started to grow into the game and took the lead through Sam Han­d­ley who fin­ished well un­der pres­sure.

The West Sus­sex side lev­elled from a short cor­ner which squeezed un­der the stick of post-man Steve Bar­ratt.

How­ever, as the half drew to a close, Ash­ford won a short cor­ner which was despatched by An­drew Hill to give the A’s the lead go­ing into half-time.

In the sec­ond half Ash­ford looked to up the tempo, Robin Miller fin­ished off an ex­cel­lent team move and Han­d­ley then dou­bled his tally, fin­ish­ing off a pass from Hill to make it 4-1.

Matt Reeve then added a fifth when he found him­self with space in the D to turn and shoot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

A flurry of cards nul­li­fied the game in terms of a con­test in the last 10 min­utes as both teams were re­duced to 10 men.

The win sees Ash­ford in top spot, two points ahead of King’s & Al­leyn’s who they face at Ball Lane on Satur­day.

Ash­ford men’s 2nds had a 5-0 walkover win against Brom­ley & Beck­en­ham 5ths in Kent Area Divi­sion 2, while the 3rds lost 3-2 at home to Sut­ton Va­lence 2nds in Kent Open Premier A.

The men’s 4ths were beaten 2-1 by Tun­bridge Wells Cru­saders in Kent Open Premier C.

Ash­ford ladies lost 3-1 at East League Divi­sion 2 South East lead­ers Can­ter­bury 2A. The home side started strongly and goal­keeper and player-of-the-match Mol­lie Smith made sev­eral ex­cel­lent saves be­fore Can­ter­bury even­tu­ally scored.

A se­ries of penalty cor­ners then fol­lowed with a solid Ash­ford de­fence do­ing a fan­tas­tic job.

A du­bi­ous de­ci­sion out­side of the D led to yet an­other penalty cor­ner and Can­ter­bury found the back­board.

A bet­ter sec­ond half for Ash­ford saw them keep pos­ses­sion more and play the ball around with con­fi­dence.

A lapse in con­cen­tra­tion Can­ter­bury a third goal.

How­ever, Ash­ford were fi­nally re­warded with a su­perb goal from Amy Thomas on the back post, the re­sult of a well-ex­e­cuted penalty cor­ner rou­tine.

With plenty to take from the game, the team will be back at the Ball Lane to take on Gore Court on Satur­day (10am).

The ladies’ 2nds were beaten 1-0 at King’s & Al­leyn’s 2nds in Kent Divi­sion 1.

In Divi­sion 2, Ash­ford ladies’ 3rds found lead­ers New Bec­ce­hamian too strong and were beaten 5-1.

The New Beccs strik­ers had great pace and worked in pairs to get the ball past the Ash­ford de­fence to go 1-0 up.

Ash­ford came back well, gain­ing a short cor­ner which re­sulted in a per­fect strike from Linda Charl­ton at the top of the D.

The home side added two more goals be­fore the break and an­other two in the sec­ond half.

Linda Charl­ton gained nu­mer­ous short cor­ners for Ash­ford in the sec­ond half but the vis­i­tors failed to cap­i­talise on them.

Jo Thomp­son was Ash­ford’s player of the match. gifted Ash­ford men’s 3rds (dark blue) take on Sut­ton Va­lence 2nds in Kent Open Premier A at Ball Lane on Satur­day. The vis­i­tors edged the match 3-2 Ash­ford............ 9. 6. 2. 1. 35. 15. 20 Kings.Al­leyns... 9. 6. 0. 3. 19. 11. 18 Sth.Sax­ons...... 9. 5. 2. 2. 31. 26. 17 Mar­den.Russ... 9. 5. 0. 4. 31. 25. 15 Old.Wil­lis......... 9. 4. 3. 2. 20. 15. 15 BBHC............... 9. 4. 2. 3. 28. 32. 14 South­wick....... 9. 3. 3. 3. 19. 23. 12 Holcs.2............ 9. 3. 1. 5. 15. 20. 10 Folke­stone.2.... 9. 3. 1. 5. 23. 32. 10 Craw­ley........... 9. 1. 4. 4. 23. 27. 7 Cant.Pilg.......... 9. 2. 1. 6. 12. 22. 7 Hor­sham.2....... 9. 1. 3. 5. 19. 27. 6

Folke­stone.2nds.2.Craw­ley. 1,.Hol­combe.2nds.2.BBHC.5,.Hor­sham. 2nds.6.Mar­den.Rus­sets.4,.Kings. &.Al­leyns.1.South.Sax­ons.2,.Old. Wil­liamso­ni­ans.1.Can­ter­bury.Pil­grims. 1,.South­wick.1.Ash­ford.5.

Ash­ford.v.Kings.&.Al­leyns,. BBHC.v.South­wick,.Can­ter­bury. Pil­grims.v.Folke­stone.2nds,.Craw­ley. v.Hor­sham.2nds,.Mar­den.Rus­sets.v. Hol­combe.2nds,.South.Sax­ons.v.Old. Wil­liamso­ni­ans. Ash­ford.2......... 9. 9. 0. 0. 53. 10. 27 Cant.4............. 9. 7. 1. 1. 46. 18. 22 Gore.Court.2.... 9. 6. 1. 2. 42. 25. 19 Gore.Court.3.... 9. 5. 1. 3. 17. 17. 16 Holc.3.............. 9. 4. 1. 4. 21. 25. 13 Old.Wil­lis.2...... 9. 2. 4. 3. 22. 21. 10 Cant.Miller....... 9. 3. 1. 5. 13. 23. 10 BBHC.2............ 9. 2. 4. 3. 17. 42. 10 BromBeck.5..... 9. 2. 3. 4. 15. 26. 9 Tun.Wells.2...... 9. 2. 2. 5. 21. 28. 8 Black­heath.3... 9. 1. 4. 4. 15. 20. 7 Deal................. 9. 0. 0. 9. 14. 41. 0

Ash­ford.2nds.5.Brom­ley. &.Beck­en­ham.5ths.0,.BBHC.2nds.2. Can­ter­bury.4ths.12,.Black­heath.&. Elthami­ans.3rds.4.Tun­bridge.Wells. 2nds.3,.Can­ter­bury.Millers.0.Gore. Court.2nds.4,.Gore.Court.3rds.4.Deal.1,. Hol­combe.3rds.3.v.Old.Wil­liamso­ni­ans. 2nds.1. Herne.Bay.2..... 9. 8. 0. 1. 49. 10. 24 Grave­sham...... 9. 7. 1. 1. 26. 12. 22 Mar­den.Rus.2.. 9. 6. 2. 1. 36. 22. 20 Sut­ton.Val.2..... 9. 4. 3. 2. 24. 17. 15 Ash­ford.3......... 9. 5. 0. 4. 27. 24. 15 F’stone.Op.3.... 9. 5. 0. 4. 28. 28. 15 Sevenoaks.4.... 9. 4. 2. 3. 30. 21. 14 Gill.Anchs.2..... 9. 3. 1. 5. 23. 24. 10 Sevenoaks.5.... 9. 2. 2. 5. 17. 38. 8 New.Beccs.2... 9. 2. 0. 7. 7. 28. 6 Uni.of.Kent.2.... 9. 1. 1. 7. 13. 40. 4 F’stone.Op.4.... 9. 0. 2. 7. 5. 21. 2

Folke­stone.Op­ti­mist.4ths. 2.Herne.Bay.2nds.3,.Gilling­ham. An­cho­ri­ans.2nds.7.New.Bec­ce­hamian. 2nds.0,.Mar­den.Rus­sets.2nds.4. Sevenoaks.4ths.3,.Univer­sity.of.Kent. 2nds.2.Folke­stone.Op­ti­mist.3rds.5,. Grave­sham.&.Well­come.2.Sevenoaks. 5ths.1,.Ash­ford.3rds.2.Sut­ton.Va­lence. 2nds.3. Maid­stone.3..... 9. 7. 1. 1. 35. 15. 22 Cant.Griffins..... 9. 6. 3. 0. 25. 9. 21 Herne.Bay.3..... 9. 6. 1. 2. 26. 13. 19 T.Wells.4.(M).... 9. 5. 1. 3. 17. 12. 16 Sevenoaks.7.... 9. 4. 3. 2. 27. 23. 15 Ash­ford.4......... 9. 5. 0. 4. 20. 17. 15 S’oaks.Acorn... 9. 3. 2. 4. 16. 16. 11 Hol­combe.4A... 9. 3. 1. 5. 18. 23. 10 Sut­ton.Val.3..... 9. 3. 1. 5. 21. 28. 10 Deal.2.............. 9. 1. 3. 5. 18. 16. 6 Cliftonville.2..... 9. 1. 1. 7. 4. 40. 4 B.Ash.(Bex).5... 9. 0. 3. 6. 15. 30. 3

Herne.Bay.3rds.6.Sut­ton. Va­lence.3rds.1,.Hol­combe.4As.1. Sevenoaks.7ths.4,.Deal.2nds.9. Cliftonville.2nds.0,.Sevenoaks.Acorns. 3.Burnt.Ash.(Bex­ley).5ths.2,.Tun­bridge. Wells.4ths.(Mon­archs).2.Ash­ford.4ths. 1,.Can­ter­bury.Griffins.2.Maid­stone. 3rds.2. . P. W. D. L. F. A. Ps Cant.2A......... 10. 9. 0. 1. 31. 10. 27 Sevenoak.3.... 10. 7. 1. 2. 25. 12. 22 Ash­ford.......... 10. 7. 0. 3. 28. 16. 21 Basil­don........ 10. 6. 1. 3. 20. 12. 19 Tun.Wells.2.... 10. 4. 2. 4. 16. 15. 14 Walt.For­est...... 9. 4. 2. 3. 9. 12. 14 Haver­ing.......... 9. 3. 2. 4. 20. 26. 11 Red­bridge...... 10. 3. 1. 6. 15. 26. 10 Southend......... 9. 3. 0. 6. 17. 23. 9 BromBeck.2... 10. 2. 2. 6. 17. 29. 8 Brent­wood....... 9. 2. 1. 6. 17. 19. 7 Gore.Court..... 10. 2. 0. 8. 9. 24. 6

Gore.Court.0.Basil­don.2,. Can­ter­bury.2A.3.Ash­ford.1,.Sevenoaks. 3rds.1.Red­bridge.&.Il­ford.0,.Brom.&. Becks.2nds.1.Tun­bridge.Wells.2nds.1.

Ash­ford.v.Gore.Court,. Basil­don.v.Waltham.For­est,.Red­bridge. &.Il­ford.v.Can­ter­bury.2A,.Haver­ing.v. Sevenoaks.3rds,.Tun­bridge.Wells.2nds. v.Brent­wood,.Southend.&.Ben­fleet.v. Brom.&.Becks.2nds. Gill.Anchs...... 10. 5. 2. 3. 22. 17. 17 Meophams...... 9. 5. 2. 2. 15. 13. 17 S’oaks.Acorn... 9. 5. 1. 3. 22. 13. 16 Black­heath.2... 9. 5. 1. 3. 20. 14. 16 K.Al­leyns.2....... 9. 4. 3. 2. 18. 14. 15 Herne.Bay........ 9. 4. 1. 4. 25. 18. 13 Hol­combe.2..... 9. 3. 4. 2. 16. 14. 13 Gravesend....... 9. 3. 2. 4. 16. 27. 11 Bt.Ash(Bex).2... 9. 1. 4. 4. 6. 12. 7 Sevenoak.5...... 9. 1. 4. 4. 9. 18. 7 Ash­ford.2......... 9. 0. 4. 5. 9. 18. 4

Meopham.3.Herne.Bay. 0,.Gilling­ham.An­cho­ri­ans.3.Burnt. Ash.(Bex­ley).2nds.0,.Black­heath.&. Elthami­ans.2nds.3.Sevenoaks.5ths.1,. Hol­combe.2nds.1.Gravesend.1,.Kings. Al­leyns.2nds.1.Ash­ford.2nds.0.

Ash­ford.2nds.v.Hol­combe. 2nds,.Sevenoaks.5ths.v.Herne.Bay,. Black­heath.&.Elthami­ans.2nds.v. Sevenoaks.Acorns,.Gravesend.v. Meopham,.Burnt.Ash.(Bex­ley).2nds.v. Kings.Al­leyns.2nds. New.Beccs.... 10. 9. 1. 0. 52. 4. 27 Tun.Wells.3.... 10. 8. 1. 1. 34. 11. 25 Eden­bridge...... 9. 7. 0. 2. 29. 12. 21 Dart­ford......... 10. 5. 0. 5. 31. 27. 15 B.Ash(Bex).3.. 10. 4. 2. 4. 18. 18. 14 Old.Wil­lis.2.... 10. 4. 1. 5. 19. 24. 13 Hol­combe.3... 10. 3. 2. 5. 7. 12. 13 Ash­ford.3....... 10. 3. 3. 4. 31. 22. 12 Cant.3A......... 10. 3. 2. 5. 16. 21. 11 Deal................. 9. 3. 1. 5. 13. 16. 10 BBHC.2.......... 10. 3. 1. 6. 22. 28. 10 Cliftonville.2... 10. 0. 0. 10. 3. 80. 0

Dart­ford.15.Cliftonville.2nds.1,. Tun­bridge.Wells.3rds.2.Can­ter­bury.3As. 1,.Ash­ford.3rds.1.New.Bec­ce­hami­ans. 5,.BBHC.2nds.0.Hol­combe.3rds. 1,.Burnt.Ash.(Bex­ley).3rds.1.Old. Wil­liamso­ni­ans.2nds.2.

Deal.v.BBHC.2nds,.New. Bec­ce­hami­ans.v.Burnt.Ash.(Bex­ley). 3rds,.Tun.Wells.3rds.v.Eden­bridge,. Old.Wil­liamso­ni­ans.2nds.v.Dart­ford,. Hol­combe.3rds.v.Ash­ford.3rds,. Can­ter­bury.3As.v.Cliftonville.2nds.

Pic­ture: Matt Bris­tow FM5003074

Ash­ford men’s 3rds chal­lenged by Sut­ton Va­lence 2nds on Satur­day

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