Valley hang by a thread
A GOAL in the dying minutes by Liam Holden kept alive Mole Valley's faint Premier Division survival hopes, as they defeated Ash United 2-1 on Saturday.
After a bright Ash start, it was Valley who took the lead after just five minutes when Liam Holden fired over a low corner which was only half cleared, and Jay Holden was on hand to smash home.
Ash responded positively and Rob Parrot hit just wide from a corner, and on 10 minutes, Leigh Bowden in the Valley goal saved well from Liam Ralls.
Ash levelled a minute later when Sean Davies flighted a cross over Bowden, and the impressive Karl Dallaway was on hand to nod home from close range.
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In an entertaining half, Valley should have retaken the lead when Holden latched onto a Bowden clearance, played in brother Liam, but he fired wide.
Jay Holden dragged an effort wide on the half hour, before Phil Hornbrook fired a shot wide for Ash, and Bowden saved well to his left, following a quick Charlie Davies free-kick.
It was an uninspiring start to the second half from both sides, with play very scrappy.
Ash could have gone ahead twice in the space of a minute on the hour. Firstly a mistake by Otis Taylor let in Ralls, but his shot went wide, then Bowden turned a Dallaway effort onto the post.
At the other end, Jay Holden fired wide, but it was Ash who had the upper hand.
Bowden pulled off a remarkable save on 65 minutes, somehow scooping the ball clear from behind him when it seemed Dallaway was odds on to score, then a free header by Parrot was hacked off the line by Webber.
Valley were clinging onto their Premier Division lives by a thread. Taylor fired wide following good work by Jay Holden, and as time ran out, and Valley became more desperate, a spate of bookings threatened to derail any momentum they might gather.
With time almost up, inspirational skipper George Murphy found Jay Holden, who in turn sent brother Liam clear on goal, and he duly crashed the ball beyond Agov for the points.
With other results going their way, Valley still have a glimmer of hope.
Mole Valley: Bowden, Webber (Cottrell), L Harmsworth, Murphy, Grant, Oshilade, Taylor (Okrior), Bajeux (Earl), L Holden, J Holden, Cooper-Smith.