The Wells v Ashford United
Conversations on Monday at work or school will undoubtedly come around sooner rather than later to how the team you support faired at the weekend, usually followed by micky taking if the weekends’ result hasn't gone your teams way. Win lose or draw however there are few better sights to be seen on a Saturday afternoon than the beaming joy on the young faces of the mascots. This weekend saw Oliver, Ethan, Emily and Malachi doing their family, friends and the club proud by leading out their heroes.
The first of the so called six pointers of the season came to the Culverden in the shape of last season’s league runner ups Ashford United. Having played Ashford four times last season without any return expectations were high on Martin's new look team.
With a bumper crowd of 421 bustling into the Culverden on Non-league day the first half began in glorious Tunbridge Wells sunshine and there was little to split the two teams as the midfield battle shaped up nicely. With both defences doing well, Davis for the Wells and Kingwell for Ashford showing their class, chances were few and far between with Ashford reduced to a few speculative shots from range troubling the car park attendants more than Steve’s goal.
With Ashford's new signing Stuart Zanone firmly in Nick Davis's pocket or offside the first half ended goalless, and there was little to separate the two teams and both sets of fans went off to mingle in the Lock and Load bar.
It took just 4 mins of the 2nd half for the first warning sign to be shown as a cross into the Wells area was met by the chest of Zanone and into the back of the Wells net only for it to be correctly called off side. The wakeup call was not heeded as just 2 mins later the ball was again in the back of the Wells net this time from a Kieron Byrne header.
As the half continued the momentum shifted towards the visitors and the Wells saw efforts from Barnes and Fuller fizzing over the bar. The game was put out of reach when in the 83rd minute Ashford's 2 new signings Smissen and Zanone linked up to score their second goal and inflict the first home defeat of the season.
Despite a late flurry of pressure causing Ashford keeper Joe Mant to make a good save and a Tom Bryant free kick that went close, the Wells were unable to break down the Ashford resolve.
Man of the Match – Jason Bourne / Nick Davis
Report by Graeme Fussell