Ashford were defeated on Tuesday evening losing 1-3 at home to Hanwell Town.
The match started at a furious pace as they so often do and whilst it was end to end action, it was very difficult for either side to get the ball down and play. There were opportunities at both ends but it was the visitors who eventually scored the opening goal on 27 minutes with a quality strike from Joe Chandiram, whose dad used to be very active at Ashford a few years ago and was instrumental in us achieving the FA Chartered Status distinction at the time.
Within moments though, Ashford struck back with the second quality goal of the evening. Bailey Mummery started the move, which saw both Max Webb and Mark Bitmead involved, the latter evading all attempts to stop him as he crossed the ball for Dan Fleming to level the scores.
That was it for the first half in which both sides had been evenly matched. Matters went wrong for the Tangerines within three minutes of the re-start though, when another effort, this time from Zac Joseph, whose strike took something of a deflection that left Kav Keadall with no chance of preventing the visitors from going ahead.
Ashford have often fought back in such circumstances, scoring any number of late goals this season to increase their points tally, as indeed they did at Hanwell at the start of the season but it was not to be this time round as Hanwell looked comfortable for the most time in protecting the lead whenever Ashford attacked. Despite everyone’s best efforts, the intensity was just not there on this occasion and it was not a great surprise when the visitors extended their lead to seal the match with ten minutes left through Ricky Pither. It came from what looked an error by skipper Russ Canderton, now just four matches short of his 600th 1st Team start for the Club, who seemed to head the ball past his own keeper giving Hanwell a fairly straightforward finish. The writer may be doing him a disservice as it was difficult to see from the other end exactly what happened but there was no doubting after that, that the three points were on their way back to Hanwell.
Although it did not affect the result in any way, both sides were critical of the refereeing after the match, not so much due to his general performance but as a result of him finding it necessary to caution no less than nine players altogether. There was no attempt at man-management in a match that had very few fouls. Mr. Farrer is, of course, well known to us following the farce of a match at Spelthorne Sports two seasons ago in which he officiated.
The games are coming thick and fast at the moment and Ashford have an early opportunity to get back on the winning trail when they entertain Northwood on Saturday, at Short Lane, kick-off 3.00 p.m. It will not be easy, as no matches ever are at this level, and one suspects that our opening day victory at Northwood was one where we caught our opponents off guard. Our thanks go to Heathrow Personnel who are kindly sponsoring the match ball.
The match will see a visit from a special guest, DJ David “Diddy” Hamilton, who is an old friend of our Chairman. Apparently they played football together so it must have been some years ago mind. David now does the tannoy system for Fulham and is still very active in the music business and we look forward to his visit, which is also in conjunction with a charity appeal. HASAG (I hope I’ve got that right) are a small charity who look after people who have been afflicted by exposure to asbestos and with the Chairman now battling so bravely against the resulting disease, it is highly relevant to us at the moment. We will be taking a collection if anyone feels able to contribute and you can also do so through their website at www.hasag.co.uk/
In the meantime, the Under-18’s managed a point in a 1-1 draw with Bedfont Sports on Wednesday evening, whilst last week’s junior results and this Sunday’s fixtures are shown below. The Ladies marched on in the Capital Women’s Cup, with a 10-0 victory away to Larkspur Rovers Ladies. The win puts them into the Quarter Finals in which they will play away to AFC Phoenix Ladies Reserves but not until 19 February. This coming Sunday they are away to Clapham Rovers Ladies in the League.
Don’t forget the Race Night on Friday evening which is sure to be a lot of fun and may well be a profitable night for some!
Here are this week’s Junior Fixtures for Sunday:
Ashford Sports Club - Club House 11-a-side Pitch
Conor U16s v South Park 12.30
Ashford Sports Club – Short Lane 11-a-side Pitch
John U13s v Mitcham Park 10am
Ben U16s v Royals Elite 11:30
Martin U15s v Mitcham Park 1pm
Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 1
Neil U8s v 4 team tournament 10am-12pm
Michael U7s v Walton Casuals 12pm
Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 2
Steve U8s v 4 team tournament 10am-12pm
Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch
Matt U9s v Sandgate 10am
Andy U9s v Whitton Wanderers 11am
Ryan U9s v Merton 12pm
Ashford Town 9 – 9 Pitch
Joe U12s v SCR Colts 10am
Nelson U11s v Rocks Lane 11am
Ashford Town – Outfield
Paul U13s v Woking Cougars 12:30
Simon U16s v Molesey 2pm
Bill U7s v 4 team tournament at Met Police
Chris U7s v 4 team tournament at Bedfont
Rhys U9s v Walton Casuals
Matt U10s v Kew Association
Graham U11s v Sheen Lions
Kirk U11s v Kew Park Rangers
Larry U13s v Esher Wizards
Craig U14s v Stoneleigh
Fin U14s v Esher Colts
Last Week’s Results
Michael U7s 11-4 Walton & Hersham
Andy U9s 7-4 Spelthorne
Matt U10s 5-3 Halliford Colts
Graham U11s 2-2 Raynes Park
Joe U12s 0-11 Motspur
Larry U13s 7-2 Hampton Youth
John U13s 1-2 Elm Grove
Paul U13s 1-1 Farnham Town
Craig U14s 7-0 Kew Park
Fin U14s 6-2 Chipstead
Martin U15s 2-3 Manorcroft
Ben U16s 3-2 Old Coulsdon
Conor U16s 2-3 Rushmoor