- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:17
- Written by Drinkwater
Ben Murray would like to invite all supporters, directors, club members and anyone involved with the Club to come along tomorrow evening (Thursday) from 8.30 p.m. onwards to meet with the current crop of players for a drink and a chat.
Also, having seen the video of the match taken by Enfield Town, we have to officially award the third goal to Scott Weight as, although he was kindly prepared to claim it, Adam Turner, by his own admission was actually nowhere near the goal when the ball went in!
- Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 17:30
- Written by Beaker
A fantastic second half performance saw us overturn a 0-1 half time deficit to runaway 3-1 winners against Enfield Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup on Monday evening.
This was an interesting game on paper, as both sides have had a confidence sapping run of results in the past few months and with Enfield deciding to mix their first team players with a few of their undefeated under 21 side after the weekend’s game, it was to be a game where both teams would need to attack.
After Saturday’s game and a gruelling trek around the M25 on a Monday night, Ashford themselves arrived with a few changes to their squad after the defeat to Chalfont. Conor Moody started in central midfield with Scott Weight and Jack Beadle was given a start on the wing, Adam Turner was partnered up top with Cyril Ocansey, while Harry Driver was restored to right back and Jack Mullan moved into centre back with Russell Canderton. Jacob Fuller was also handed his first senior cap in goal.
After a lacklustre first half hour of the game, it was Enfield who were on top, neatly playing some nice passing football on the lovely playing surface. Ashford though were also creating chances of their own and as they picked up the tempo of the game, it was Enfield who found the gap and slotted the ball through to their forward who finished extremely well, leaving Fuller with no chance in the Ashford goal.
As mentioned, Ashford though were creating chances and had a number of opportunities in the first half, but with the ball often breaking down in the final third without really troubling the home keeper.
The second half saw a completely different game, with Ashford pressuring Enfield in their own half and it paid dividends. Ashford were then the dominant team in possession and it led to the Enfield defenders getting deeper and deeper, which enabled Ashford to win themselves a penalty when Harry Driver was brought down in the box. Adam Turner slotted the ball away coolly to put the teams level.
Ashford were now in the ascendency and were often going forward and pushing on as the stronger side. Cyril Ocansey was put through on goal, and with a defender hassling him, he superbly lifted the ball around and over the goalkeeper to give Ashford the lead.
The final goal of the evening was scored from a set piece corner and with a number of Ashford players able to put pressure on the Enfield keeper he spilled the initial corner and the ball was rocketed into the net by Adam Turner.
It capped off a well-earned, long awaited and deserved victory and it was plain to see with the reaction of the Ashford players after the final whistle, how much the result meant.
Ashford will now entertain either Harefield United or Hayes & Yeading in the quarter finals on Tuesday 11 February.
- Created on Sunday, 01 December 2013 12:32
- Written by Drinkwater
A positive performance but again, one that brought no points, was Ashford’s fate on Saturday against Chalfont St. Peter, who fielded two ex-Ashford players in Terrell Lewis and Davis Haule.
Ben Murray again tinkered with his personnel, bringing Conor Moody into the squad, and restoring quietly effective left back Joel Jacobs, ineligible for the County Cup match against Merstham, to the side, along with Mitchell Fountain. Harry Driver was missing, serving a one match suspension. There were no new players but there is every possibility of the squad being strengthened before next Saturday.
The first half was relatively even but Ashford conceded midway through, the manner of the goal leaving Murray apoplectic with rage, as a routine cross found a Chalfont forward completely unmarked at the far post with the simple task of nodding the ball home. This came soon after Adam Turner, toiling away manfully up front on his own after Perry Luckins had gone off injured, had missed the opportunity of putting Ashford ahead when, having decisively gone round the keeper, he rolled the ball, admittedly from a tightish angle on to the post and away, instead of finding the empty net.
Undaunted Ashford went about their business in the second half and were generally well on top but the equaliser just would not come, despite any number of good chances, the clearest one coming right at the end when Scott Weight blazed over from close range. A loud penalty appeal for handball was correctly turned down by referee Gillett, although two minutes later he did give Ashford a free kick for an identical handball but this time deep in their own half. Overall though, the referee was excellent. Chalfont were always in the game but in terms of possession, the least Ashford deserved was a point, possibly all three, and it was good to see those loyal supporters in attendance clapping the team off at the end. There is no doubt that such loyalty is appreciated by the players who may not have the quality of some of our teams in the past but are showing 100% endeavour.
Ashford now face the unusual situation of having to field three teams on Monday evening, with the 1st Team obliged to travel half way round the M25 to play Enfield Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup. It is an oft repeated complaint that invariably falls on deaf ears but perhaps one day Middlesex County will see the logic of making the early rounds of this cup regional. We do enough travelling in the League without needing difficult journeys like this on a Monday evening but so be it.
On the same evening, the Suburban side will entertain Cobham Reserves in a league match, kick-off 7.45 p.m., whilst the Under-18’s travel to play Aldershot Town at Godalming Town’s ground. The Under-18’s finally broke their duck last week with a 2-2 draw away to Northwood, so well done to them, as they continue a learning process which will hopefully be valuable experience for them.