Hockey: Garwood strikes late but Wells slip up again on the glory trail

    Ashford 4 Tunbridge Wells Men 3

    STICK AT IT Jack Garwood scored with five minutes left PHOTO: Brandon Begg

    TUNBRIDGE WELLS went to Ashford knowing that a win would seal the South League Kent & Sussex Regional Division One title for them.

    But the champions-in-waiting had been reminded of their fallibility when they lost an 11-goal thriller the previous weekend.

    The match started off slowly but Wells gained momentum and after a slick passing move they took the lead through Kyle Mathieson.

    Soon after, Matt Wilson tapped in on the far post from an excellent cross to make the score 2-0.

    The visitors then let their guard down, which allowed Ashford to sneak a goal just before half-time.

    A lack of communication and poor marking allowed Ashford to level the scores. This led to a poor period of play where Wells conceded another two goals in seven minutes, making the score 4-2 to the home side.

    Wells managed to switch back but chances were not capitalised upon, though they did finally score again, Jack Garwood tapping in with five minutes to play.

    As a last hope Wells took the keeper off and replaced him with a kicking back, but they could not draw level.

    They now face a must-win game against Crawley in the last match of the season – and again victory will see them crowned champions.

    The match is on Saturday at Kent College in Pembury, with a 1pm push-back.