Hast­ings makes sure of vic­tory

South­ern Ct East Lge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FOOTBALL -

Ken­ning­ton ex­tended their un­beaten run to nine games with a 2-1 win over FC Elm­stead in Divi­sion 1 at Home­lands on Satur­day. It was a dom­i­nant dis­play from the hosts de­spite the score­line sug­gest­ing oth­er­wise. The vis­i­tors took an early lead through Alvin Tury­atemba in the 18th minute be­fore sec­ond­half goals from Tom Scorer and Josh Hast­ings se­cured the win for the third-placed hosts. A slight de­fen­sive mix-up led to Elm­stead tak­ing the lead in what was the only mis­take made by Ken­ning­ton in an oth­er­wise fault­less de­fen­sive dis­play. The one weak point in Ken­ning­ton’s per­for­mance was their fail­ure to put the ball in the back of net, with chance after chance be­ing squan­dered. That was un­til great move­ment and turn of pace from Brad Jor­dan led to him glid­ing past the Elm­stead de­fender be­fore driv­ing the ball low across goal for Tom Scorer to tap home the opener in the 50th minute. For­ward Gary Lock­yer came close on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, hit­ting the bar and forc­ing the keeper to make a spec­tac­u­lar stretch­ing save. It was Lock­yer’s free kick that led to the sec­ond goal after a fan­tas­tic ef­fort forced the keeper into mak­ing an­other fine save, only for mid­fielder Hast­ings to drive the re­bound low across a crowded area and into the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner.

Lydd Town slipped to their 11th league de­feat of the sea­son, go­ing down 4-1 at SC Thames­mead. The hosts took the lead in the 19th minute through Josh Pa­trick, but a Tom Bar­ton ef­fort five min­utes later had Lydd back on level terms. Tom Youngs put Thames­mead ahead again on the half hour mark, and sec­ond-half goals from Jed Smith and Pa­trick sealed the win for the home side. Lydd Town, in 14th place in the ta­ble, are at home to Rochester United on Satur­day, while Ken­ning­ton travel to Sn­od­land Town.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM 6332866

Ken­ning­ton push for­ward against Elm­stead

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