After a very decent performance against Aylesbury United on Saturday, Ashford produced one of their best performances of the season on Tuesday evening, beating Wingate & Finchley from the Ryman Premier Division by two goals to nil, to advance into the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup.
We don’t know who we will be playing yet as much of the information on the County web site concerning cup competitions seems to have been removed but there will be information here as soon as have it.
The match started at a fast pace with both sides striving to play good football. Ashford always seemed to have a little edge though and the pressure was rewarded on just 10 minutes when Mark Bitmead was on hand to a reach cross first and slam the ball home.
Although Tyler Tobin was busy throughout the evening, in goal, Wingate were unable to create too many real opportunities and it wasn’t really a surprise when Ashford doubled the lead on 37 minutes. Max Herbert took a short corner, soon got the ball back and resisted pressure to send the ball into the corner via a slight deflection, to give Ashford a comfortable half-time lead.
The pace died to an extent in the second half and the visitors certainly had more of the game but were unable to make a telling impression. Ashford were generally pleasing supporters with a tremendously committed display and, although there were no further goals, saw the match out reasonably comfortably to take their place in the last four. Although everyone performed well, one player stood out for many and that man was Bailey Mummery, who easily won the “Ashford Man of the Match” award as voted by supporters.
It’s back to the League on Saturday with the short visit to play Beaconsfield SYCOB, who have just a one point advantage over the Tangerines, but are three places ahead in the table. A win could see Ashford moving up the table by up to three places but more on that match later in the week.
Some of our younger sides from Under-7 upwards, namely the U-7's, 8's Colts, 9's Colts, Warriors and Juniors and the 11's. put in a long stint packing bags at Tescos last Saturday and made a huge impression, with their manners and helpfulness, raising no less than £600 in a Day. Having raised far more than anticipated, it has been decided that £300 should be passed to local lad Alfie, whose story can be read at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HelpAlfiethecham
This is Alfie’s story from his mum:
Alfie needs antibody therapy to get him the life that he deserves....
My little boy Alfie was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was 5. He completed 18 months of treatment to be classed as in Remission. Remission was short lived bacuse he relapsed at the age of 9, he was subjected to another 18 months of treatment and classed as NED.
Sadly in April 2016 Alfie relapsed for the 2nd time....
Alfie so far has had 8 rounds of chemotherapy and have managed to shrink his tumour. He is starting oral chemo in the next feed days to keep his tumour stable while the plan and organise the next stage of treatment.
He will be having Mibg therapy late March.
I spoke with Alfie's consultant today and asked what we really need to do to get Alfie the life he needs to live.... she said antibodies. I knew this was coming and said if I was to fundraise how much would we need. We need £600,000 to save my beautiful boy.
Alfie is such a lovely boy, at 14 he's already been through enough. He's spent 10 years of his life fighting this awful disease. So knowing what I know now I'm asking for your help to fundraise to give him the chance he deserves.
Shelley... Alfie's mum x
Shelley has already written a thank you to the lads which you can read on the Ashford Facebook page but It may be that a few more of us at the Club would like to help this very worthy cause and anyone who wishes to should head for the special fundraising site at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HelpAlfiethechamp?utm_id=108&utm_term=P9QA49ady
Back to our lads and well done to all the players involved and their managers, who did a superb job.
Ashford travelled to meet Aylesbury United on Saturday and returned with all three points in a 2-1 victory, a win that leaves the Tangerines mathematically clear of relegation although it was virtually assured anyway.
The match was played in windy conditions but both sides made the best of it and there was some excellent football all round at times. With the wind behind them in the first half, Aylesbury started strongly and used the wind to their advantage, putting Ashford’s back four under considerable pressure and it was deserved when they took the lead on just 11 minutes when a low cross was swept in by the unmarked Lee Coulter.
Ashford though fought back well and equalised within two minutes when Mark Bitmead saw his first effort well saved but he got to the rebound and smashed it home. The scoreline was now even and so was the match as Ashford started to get their game together.
In the second period Ashford had the wind largely behind them and gradually got on top although both sides still had opportunities. It was Ashford who clinched it though when skipper Russell Canderton scored from a corner kick, with ten minutes or so left. Once again his first effort was blocked but he was able to hook the rebound into the net.
It was a good day for the Tangerines not least because Jack Beadle and Conor Moody are both back with the club, Jack playing the full 90 minutes and Conor coming on quite early in the second half. Although players obviously come and go, the club has always been fairly tight knit in terms of players, witnessed by the number in the current squad who have played 100 matches or more (10 of the current squad) and this seemed very much a home coming, clearly much welcomed by the Ashford supporters present. We should like to thank both Egham Town and Bedfont Sports for allowing the two moves to go through so quickly.
The hospitality at Aylesbury was excellent as was the referee, Mr. Lewis, who controlled the game very well and there wasn’t a caution in sight, the second consecutive match that this has happened. The only drawback was to find when we got back to the Club that the bitter had run out due to an oversight on the ordering front. It didn’t spoil an excellent day though.
We now turn our attention to the Quarter Final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, in which we are at home to Wingate and Finchley on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45 p.m. Although they suffered defeat on Saturday, they are doing well this season in the Premier Division of the Ryman League and it is likely to be a tough test for us but one to relish. We have only played each other on six previous competitions, mostly cup matches, the most recent meeting being in October 2008, when we lost at Wingate by four goals to two in an FA Trophy replay, after drawing one apiece at Short Lane three days earlier.
There won’t be any extra time tomorrow. Should the match be level at 90 minutes, we go straight to penalties.
The Ladies and junior results, etc., will be on here shortly, along with a special article about the excellent work done by some of our younger sides on Saturday.