Ashford 2 – Anchorians 2

Anchs took on Ashford who had been relegated from the kent/sussex league the year before so we knew we were in for a tough game against a well drilled side. Anchs had the worst possible start to the day with Callum Harris injured and Jack Oxby delayed on the train from London. Thankfully Jack managed to make it thanks to expert driving from Gary Jackson. This gave Anchs a bare eleven.

Following a poor warm up Anchs quickly got to grips with an alien surface and gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges. However soon Ashford were on top and only good goalkeeping from Darren Richardson and good defending from Gary Jackson and Gareth Price kept Anchs in the game. From a series of short corners Anchs took the lead when Jack Oxby nipped in at the back post to give Anchs the lead against the run of play.

Anchs were aware that Ashford would come at them at the start of the second half and the home side didn’t disappoint. They more or less dominated the whole second half. Ashford won a series of short corners which saw Darren RIchardson make some good saves with Glen Rawson sweeping the pads very well. However from one of these shorts Jake Stevens was unlucky to stop the ball with his foot and the Ashford forward made no mistake from the resulting penalty stroke. This seemed to galvanise Anchs who were causing problems on the counter attack. Soon Chris Lack caused havoc down the right side and squared the ball to Glen Rawson who couldn’t miss from a yard out. Ashford however were not to be beaten and again following a series of short corners which again saw Darren RIchardson keep them out on numerous occasions, one of their forwards managed to slot home to equalise with minutes to go.

Overall a 2-2 draw which was a good result for Anchs considering they had a bare eleven. Next up is a local derby against Gore Court 2.

Anchorians 2 – Folkestone 2

Anchs welcomed a strong Folkestone side on Saturday knowing they would be in for a tough game in the rain. Following a pretty average warm up it was Anchs who made the better start. In the opening minutes Chris Lack hit the post and soon Anchs attacking flair saw Callum Harris score to put Anchs one nil up. However within a matter of seconds the away side drew level when their unmarked centre forward deflected the ball into the bottom corner. From a highly debatable short corner Folkestone took the lead when a good strike went through Anchs keepers’ legs to put the away side two one up. Chris Lack again managed to hit the post and some good saves from the Folkestone keeper kept the scores 2-1 at the break.

Anchs played really well in the second half. Good runs from CJ and Callum Harris gave Jack Oxby plenty of space down the right. Mike LIndley and Jamie Caulfield dominated the middle and the back three of Gary Jackson, Gareth Price and Ben Lindley were in control. In fact Folkestone only created one chance which forced a good stick save from keeper Darren Richardson which kept Anchs in it. Following an awful foul Anchs were awarded a flick which Chris Lack saw easily saved. However with more or less the last touch of the ball Chris Lack redeemed himself with a wonderful strike to earn Anchs a point.

Old Willies 4 – Anchorians 5

Anchs travelled to old willies for a tough league game. The match began evenly with both sides getting stuck in. It was however old willies who took the league when their centre forward beat keeper Darren Richardson at his near post with a reverse stick strike. However anchs soon were back in control with Jack Oxby causing havoc down the right hand side. The pressure finally told when CJ Verrall pulled anchs level. However soon old willies were back in the lead following a good finish from a short corner but anchs were deservedly level by half time following an excellent goal from Chris Lack.

The second half remained even with both sides guilty of giving the ball away. Old willies again took the lead from a short corner but soon Callum Harris levelled the score with a good finish following some excellent build up play. Once again Anchs feel behind to a short corner when the old willies player was allowed to run into the D round keeper Richardson and slot home. This seemed to galvanise anchs who made it 4-4 following a calm finish from Chris Verrall. In the dying moments Callum Harris produced a bit of magic and a great finish to give Anchs a 5-4 victory which gave them a well needed three points.

Anchorians 1 – Burnt Ash 2

Anchs started the their league campaign against rivals Burnt Ash. Following a good warm up and team talk Anchs started the match in a good fashion with the midfield three of Jake Stevens, Chris Lack and Jamie Caulfield in control. Good forward runs from CJ Verrall, Jack Oxby and Callum Harris led to several short corners from which Anchs never managed to trouble the opposition goal. It was Burnt Ash who took the lead from their first short corner with the poor drag flick somehow managing to squirm under keeper Darren Richardson. Anchs however were level by half time when Chris Lack expertly put away a penalty flick following an illegal stop by a Burnt Ash player on the line.

The second half was an even affair. Credit must go to both sides defences in the second half with few chances being created from open play, namely Gary Jackson, Gareth Price, Michael Lindley and Ben Lindley. Unfortunately for Anchs the winner came from another Burnt Ash short corner which saw another drag flick put away with keeper Richardson unfortunate not to keep it out with his stick. The rest of the game saw both sides continue to cancel each other out with the opposition coming out on top. However Anchs can take a lot of positives from the performance into the rest of the campaign!