‘Clean sheet and 3 points for Town ‘
By Scott Greenway
AFC Ashford 0-2 Favesham Town Reserves
J Lester ⚽️‘59’ A Davey ⚽️‘89’
Town back in league action away v AFC Ashford, Town played AFC early in last seasons league schedule losing 4-2 and drawing 1-1 at home. Faversham Town Reserves lined up with Matt Bowey back in goal Jordan Holliday, Nye Griffiths Ryan McDonald and making his Town debut Alfie Davey. Dan King returned to captain his side in midfield alongside George Greenway, Ellis Holliday and Liam Druggan with Joe Lester and Carlos dos Santos up front. Town started brightly and their first real chance of the game fell to Lester after 5 minutes Lester broke from the half way line the keeper came out to parry Lester’s shot into the path of Druggan. At an awkward hight Druggan could only steer his first time effort over the bar. On 19 minutes Greenway played in Druggan down the left his good work and cross into Lester who hit a first time shot but the keeper saved. Half hour in and AFC had their first chance a free shot for the AFC forward produced a great save from Town stopper Bowey down at his near post. Druggan with a good move on the left flank turned his marker inside out and put a great cross into the AFC area but no Town players on the end of it. Joe Lester broke again but at full stretch from a diagonal ball through to him could only guid the ball wide of the goal. George Greenway with a left foot shot from distance going wide was the last action from the first half.
Town kicked off the second half looking to capitalise on all the their first half chances. Bedford and Allen on for Druggan and Dos Santos. Ten minutes in it was AFC who had the first chance Town keeper Bowey pulling off a superb save down to his right to keep the score level. Town upped their work rate and were piling on the pressure.
On 14 minutes Ellis Holliday drove into the Ashford area and was hauled down for a certain penalty. Joe Lester stepped up ready to take his fourth penalty in his last 3 games Lester made it 4 out of 4 when he smashed his spot kick low to the keepers left giving the AFC goalkeeper no chance.
Town now playing some good football this time Lester was the creator Lester dropped off his marker picked the ball turned and played in his captain Dan King the skipper unlucky with his stretched shot going over the Ashford bar. A good move by Town down the right Bedford played in E Holliday who raced to get onto the ball before it went off. His first time cross was smashed over the AFC crossbar by a diving header from Allen a great attempt from Allen getting on the end of the fierce cross.
Freddie Allen spelt with an ie was getting success down the left flank E Holliday played Allen in with a through ball Allen hit his shot across the goal but wide of the target. Sean Mchugh on for Greenway and it didn’t take Mchugh long to stamp
his mark on the game Mchugh found himself time and space from a full 30 yards and hit a brilliant dipping shot that crashed down off the crossbar behind the static keeper players nearest said it was over but without the V.A.R working at Ashford the Ref couldn’t give Town the goal. Druggan back on for the injured Lester Picked out his captain with an in- swinging corner King could only head over. Ellis Holliday picked out Allen again Allen shrugged off his marker and hit his shot well but the keeper was equal with a good save. Bedford broke down the right side cut in drew the keeper out and pulled his shot wide of the goal. Then a AFC Ashford midfielder got himself sent off kicking a Town player from behind off the ball the referee took an age to deal with the matter and only when the AFC man kicked the ball out of the referee’s hand he produced a card astonishingly only a yellow but this quickly turned to a red when the Ashford player disagreed with the decision. In the final minutes Town sealed all the points when new signing Alfie Davey picked the ball up on the left wing and unleashed a shot across goal into the top corner.
Towns first league win of the season an attacking performance from the young Lilywhites they should have bagged themselves more goals with the chances created. A two nil away win was well deserved some outstanding performances Joe Lester worked tirelessly up front Freddie Allen came off the bench and caused Ashford plenty of problems going forward. Town midfield was well organised and pressed the opposition at every opportunity. Keeper Bowey and his defence including new signing Alfie Davey with cracking debut goal limited Ashford’s chances and m.o.m Nye Griffiths won every header and commanded the back line.
1- M Bowey
2- J Holliday
3- A Davey ⚽️’89’
4- D King (c)
5- R McDonald
6- N Griffths
9-J Lester ⚽️’59’
11- L Druggan
13- O Neilson