The match at Marlow yesterday evening was eventually postponed following a late inspection by the match referee and there weren't too many objections with one area of the pitch, in front of Marlow's large stand, looking extremely frozen well over an hour before the match was due to commence. A new date will be announced in due course.
With no Under-18 match this week, the next game is on Saturday at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB, more of which later in the week.
The club will be open as usual this evening though and the League Cup match between Manchester United and West Ham will be showing.
This evening’s match at Marlow is 50/50 at the moment with a pitch inspection due at around 6.15 pm, which is the earliest time that the match referee will arrive.
If you are travelling best phone Marlow on 01628 483970 as no further updates will be possible.
Ashford lost at home for the second time in a week on Saturday, as visitors Northwood took all three points in a 2-0 victory.
The Tangerines are going through one of those little periods when little is going right in front of goal, when a week or so back, whilst not exactly scoring goals for fun, they were notching regularly to the point where they had never failed to score in a league match, going way back to last season.
The situation was perfectly illustrated very early on in this match when referee Bandara awarded Ashford a rather soft penalty kick. You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that Mark Bitmead misses from the spot but on this occasion, his effort hit the top of the bar and ballooned over. It may well have been a very different match had that gone in but after dominating the early stages, Ashford allowed Northwood back into the match and they took the lead soon afterwards from a free kick some fifteen yards outside the area. The scorer was Louis Stead and he will never hit a better strike as the ball flew into the top corner, giving Kav Keadell little chance of stopping the effort.
After that the game became something of a stalemate. There was nothing wrong with Ashford’s general play or effort but as the game wore on, the current struggle to score goals became more evident. Northwood were having less of the play but doubled the lead six minutes after the break and it was a well-worked goal to be fair, finished off by Louis Bircham, following a breakaway from an Ashford corner.
There were some efforts that went close, not least Bitmead hitting the woodwork again and one or two others that went too high but it was looking a lost cause and so it turned out.
There is nothing too much to worry about: we know this team can play great football at times and score goals. We need though to get the confidence and belief back that generally hasn’t been missing this season and the first opportunity comes on Tuesday evening when we make the trip to Marlow.
Off the field it was a good weekend, with the Race Night on Friday going well plus an improved attendance on Saturday, and the clubhouse was rocking, partly due to the Chelsea/Spurs match being on. Now that BT has made a more sensible offer, we are retaining BT Sport, so you can watch all the European games at the club so why not come down. Some incredible generosity saw the HASAG Charity receiving a substantial boost to their funds and it was good to have DJ David “Diddy” Hamilton with us as a special guest, and enthralling us with stories about Fulham FC and some of the characters from the past.
On Tuesday the ground address is: The Alfred Davis Ground, Oak Tree Road, Marlow, SL7 3ED. It is a journey of around 25 miles via either the M4 or the M40 and kick-off is 7.45 p.m.
Like ourselves Marlow have been in mixed form recently, exemplified by their last two results, a 4-0 win at Arlesey on Saturday, being preceded by a 0-3 defeat at Kidlington. Generally though, our opponents have been enjoying a good season, and currently sit ten points in front of us although we have a match in hand.
Many of us will pay their last respects today to Keith Balmer, long time supporter and our ex-General Secretary, who was a much loved Ashford man, with the cremation taking place today (Monday) at 1.40 p.m. at Hanworth Crematorium. The club will be open afterwards for anyone who wishes to come back.