Ardley experience mixed easter

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Ardley United look set to miss out on a top two finish in the Hellenic Premier Division after a win and a defeat over the Easter period.

The long weekend began perfectly for United as they smashed five past struggling Abingdon Town.

Two goals in the first 10 minutes set Ardley on their way with Troy Bryan netting the opener after using his pace to beat the visiting defence.

Straight from the restart, Steve Howkins put in a pin-point cross that Bryan headed home to put Ardley two up at half-time.

The home side began the second half in much the same vein as the first and they extended their lead to three when Joe Eyre cut in from wide and fired home.

The game was then effectively killed off as a contest when Howkins deservedly scored after some good work by Nick Thorne.

With the substitutes looking to impress, Callum Convey picked up the ball wide on the left and went on a run into the box and finished in style to leave the final score at 5-0.

On Easter Monday, Ardley’s winless record at Flackwell Heath remained after a 2-1 loss at Wilks Park.

Fielding a depleted side due to work commitments, the visitors took the game to Flackwell in the first half and began to carve out the better chances but only managed to shoot straight at the home goalkeeper.

However, Ardley did go into the break with a 1-0 lead after Adam Beckett played a long ball to Bryan, who cleverly allowed it to run past his defender to Jon Gardner who then deceived the goalkeeper before tapping the ball into an empty net.

As the game progressed, the home side began to adapt to the wind behind them and levelled on the hour through Lee Thompson before Jeff Brown fired a fine free-kick into the top corner late on to complete the comeback.

The two results mean Ardley are third in the table, six points behind second-placed Wantage Town, who have three games in hand.

Brock’s side visit runaway league leaders Marlow this afternoon.