Wasteful Ardley slump third straight defeat

Ardley manager Kevin Brock. Picture by Steven Prouse
Ardley manager Kevin Brock. Picture by Steven Prouse

Ardley United were left to rue a string of missed chances as they slumped to a third straight league defeat when they were beaten 2-1 by Highmoor Ibis.

The home side made a lively start and took a sixth minute lead when Anthony White evaded two defenders and fired a shot past Ardley goalkeeper Jack Harding.

Harding then had to save from Jordan Brown before Ardley enjoyed a spell on top with Ricky Johnson shooting just wide, followed by the equaliser when a long Adam Beckett throw-in was put into his own net by Jemel Forde.

The hosts bounced straight back, however, and retook the lead through Stephen Peacock’s 31st minute goal.

Ardley had a golden chance to draw level through Johnson but he could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper as Highmoor went into half-time ahead, and United’s frustrations deepened after half-time with Johnson, Gavin Kidd, Ollie Stanbridge and Conor Ingram spurning chances to bring the visitors level.

The defeat leaves Ardley seventh in the Hellenic Premier Division ahead of this weekend’s home game against Holyport.