Ashford’s re-arranged match at Chertsey Town on Tuesday evening suffered a further postponement due to heavy rain immediately beforehand causing the pitch to become a quagmire.

The match was only called off after the players had arrived and there was no opportunity to put the postponement on the web site, although the club’s twitter feed carried news of it almost as it happened.  Nevertheless we apologise to any of our supporters who had a fruitless trip.  The match will be re-arranged shortly.

We now start to look forward to the trip to Horley Town on Saturday and there will be more on that one later in the week.

This evening’s home U18 match at home to Bedfont Sports U18 will go ahead.

Please note that this morning's match away to Chertsey has been postponed due to the weather but has been re-arranged for TOMORROW EVENING, Tuesday 29 March, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

In the end the points were shared but visitors Hartley Wintney needed an equaliser in the 4th minute of stoppage time to deny Ashford a further three points.

Once again the elements were against good football, with a swirling wind and intermittent rainy squalls but there was a determination about both sides, as would be expected, making for an absorbing match watched by no less than 272 spectators, the fourth time this season that more than 200 people have watched an Ashford home match.  The attendance was better than many in the Ryman Premier League, including the attendances at Grays Athletic, Hendon, Leatherhead as well as our neighbours Staines Town and better than all but two in the Central Division of the Southern League.

It was the visitors who took the eye in the opening period, taking advantage of the elements, broadly in their favour, and pinning Ashford back.  As the match went on though, it became more even and it was the Tangerines who made the breakthrough shortly before half-time.  An over hit cprner was latched on to by Jack Beadle, later voted by supporters as “Ashford Man of the Match”, who turned sharply and hit a low drive underneath the keeper.

There was no further scoring before half-time although Ashford had a let-off immediately before the break when the visitors hit the inside of the post only for the ball to rebound to safety as the referee blew his whistle.

In the second half, whilst it was never easy, Ashford rarely looked as if they would lose the lead, especially with Hartley tending to play the long ball much of the time, although Tyler Tobin, excellent again in goal for Ashford, made one incredible save to turn the ball aside.  The better chances though fell to the Tangerines. Both Dan Fleming and Mark Bitmead had decent efforts well saved as Ashford’s main striking duo caused plenty of problems.

As the match drew to a close, Ashford should have made the match absolutely safe in the 86th minute as a superb movement involving several players but started by Josh Andrew, saw the same player in on goal when a simple tap in would have doubled the lead.  Unfortunately, and off balance, Josh was only able to put the ball the wrong side of the post.  It was a shame in many ways as not only would it have secured three points, it would have been the best goal at Short Lane this season.

It was not to be though and Hartley Wintney showed why they are champions elect when they equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time.  A look at the excellent video available on the CCL forum shows that it was a better goal than anyone realised from the other end, as substitute Ross Cook latched on to a loose ball and cleverly evaded the onrushing Tobin and headed into an empty net.

It was a moment of disappointment for the Tangerines and Hartley Wintney will now have to slip up badly for them to concede the championship.  To be frank that would still have been the case even had Ashford secured all three points.   

However, it may or may not be true and we are not in the know, but with several of their folks saying quite openly yesterday that they will not be able to go up, the race for promotion may be a different matter.  Having secured four points from the last two very difficult matches, and conceding only one goal, Ashford will push on with confidence and look likely to battle it out with Camberley, although Epsom & Ewell cannot be discounted, despite their unexpected home defeat against Westfield on Friday. 

Indeed there are still plenty of points to be played for, starting with an away trip to Chertsey Town on Monday morning (kick-off 12.30 p.m.).  Chertsey have pulled away from the relegation zone in recent weeks with some good results, so it will not be easy, that is for certain, despite the Curfews losing by two goals to nil at Hanworth Villa on Saturday.

We must not lose sight of the achievements of our Ladies’ side this season and we now have details of their County Final.  They will play at Wealdstone FC on Sunday 17 April against University College Ladies, kicking off at 11.00 a.m.  Hopefully we can get plenty of support for them at the match.

Following last week’s reasonably comfortable win against Camberley Town, Ashford look forward to entertaining Hartley Wintney this afternoon.  Just as Camberley did last week, they arrive here with two big wins under their belt, against Guildford City and Colliers Wood, with striker Rob Argent having scored eight goals in those two matches

It is far too early to concede the championship but that said, it is for our visitors to throw it away, coming into today’s game as they do, with a six point lead and two matches in hand.  There is still plenty of football to be played though, with a further 24 points to be contested as far as Ashford is concerned anything can still happen.  There seems to be speculation around the League that our visitors may not be able to carry out all the ground improvements they require for promotion in time and perhaps they will shed some light on their situation this afternoon.  We cannot worry about that though as it is out of our hands but just in case it is true, second place would then obviously assume far more importance and we have to strive to the end, irrespective of this afternoon’s result.

We played at Hartley Wintney in midweek soon after the start of the season when we lost 0-2.  Although the first half was even enough, we rather disintegrated in the second period and the scoreline could have been worse.  There was a degree of mitigation as there was a major road accident that evening resulting in players arriving late and with our opponents unable or unwilling to put the kick-off back for a short period, we never seemed composed and the situation was not helped by a bad injury on the night to Mark Bitmead, who found himself carried off the pitch for the second season in a row at Hartley Wintney.

Whatever the result today, we have another match in 48 hours time away to Chertsey Town, when the kick-off will be at 12.30 p.m.  They have pulled away from the relegation area recently and we shall need to be just as up for it on Monday as doubtless the squad will be today.

The Under-18’s endured a disappointing result on Thursday, losing 0-8 to Staines Town who, admittedly have a strong team.  It was never going to be an easy game but frankly some of the players let their manager down and they need to do a lot better this coming Wednesday at home to Bedfont Sports.  The result was particularly disappointing coming, as it did, after the fine 5-2 win at Northwood the previous week.

The pressure for 1st team results will not ease next Saturday when we travel to Horley Town, who were in the hunt for promotion until quite recently.  Talking to their Chairman at Hanworth Villa earlier this week, they have now conceded that they will not achieve that this season but they have been a thorn in our side on more than one occasion.  It is probably our longest trip of the season but still seems quite local in comparison to some of the trips we made in the Southern League, often in midweek, to places like Daventry, Rugby etc and in the early 2000’s out to Taunton and Willenhall near Walsall.  It is a different world at Step 4 and we need to be ready for it, on and off the field, just in case it becomes relevant.

Ashford beat Camberley Town on Saturday by the only goal of the game, scored by Josh Andrew on 66 minutes, and thus continued their excellent recent form.

It was always going to be a match of intensity with both sides near the top of the League but Ashford had prepared well for Camberley’s generally direct approach, although that said, it is a big mistake to think that is all they do.  The clean sheet though is testimony to a generally excellent performance on the day.

In skipper Russell Canderton’s enforced absence at a wedding, Samd Kazi found himself at the back once again, partnering Will Boye, leaving Scott Weight to resume in midfield.  Dan Fleming also returned following his knock against Bedfont.

The first half was goalless although the visitors had cause to thank their keeper, Crag Bradshaw whose tip over from a Fleming drive was top drawer, as indeed was the effort.  Fleming was thwarted again when he seemed clear through but an excellent recovery tackle from ex-Ashford player Dale Webb saved the situation for Camberley.

The second half largely mirrored the first with the visitors’ main threat coming from the extremely long throws of defender Chris Ellis but Ashford generally dealt with them competently and were on top of their game.  Both Fleming and Jack Beadle went close but the killer blow came when the referee awarded Ashford a free kick right on the edge of the area, taken by Mark Bitmead.  His effort beat the wall but was pushed out by Bradshaw, who may have been unsighted, only for Josh Andrew, following up, to sweep the ball home.

Ashford had their tails up and were denied a second goal when Fleming was the victim of what must have been an extraordinarily close offside decision.  Mr. Jack, the referee, was generally excellent, keeping full control, although both sides were mostly well disciplined.  He will be remembered as the referee who blew up for a free kick to Ashford in the centre circle earlier this season at Colliers Wood when Jack Beadle had advanced with only the keeper to beat and sadly, and this is the only criticism, his use of the advantage rule does not seem to have improved.  It is perhaps a little harsh to mention it as he did have a very good game, but it was noticeable on three or four occasions.

As usual, Ashford supporters voted for the “Ashford Man of the Match” and it went to Scott Weight, although there were plenty of other contenders.  Had there been one for Camberley, it is likely that the vote would have gone to Bobby Dormer who was influential for the visitors.

The next match for the 1st Team is at home to Hartley Wintney next Saturday.

Last Thursday the Under-18’s enjoyed a 5-2 success at Northwood.  Northwood’s take on the game can be found at http://www.northwoodfc.com/youth-reports-1516/Ashford-H.html It is doubtful that our management team would agree with all their conclusions but they were certainly graceful enough to give the “man of the Match” award to Harry Herdman, who was one of three Under-18’s on the bench for the 1st Team match on Saturday..  This week the lads will be at home on Wednesday evening against Staines Town U18, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

 

Ashford are back at Short Lane on Saturday when they will look forward to entertaining Camberley Town in an important encounter but not one that will decide anything league wise with still plenty of matches to be played throughout April.

Camberley have enjoyed a notable season whatever ultimately happens in the League, reaching the 6th Round of the FA Vase and going so close to bringing favourites Hereford FC back to Camberley, losing out to a heartbreak goal right at the end of extra time.  They have slipped up once or twice in recent league matches but ten goals in their last two home games, five apiece against Hanworth Villa and Windsor is clear testament to their scoring potential and indeed their ability to cut loose if you let them.  Their long Vase run has left them with matches to catch up, the situation coming into this game being that our opponents are 12 points behind us but with 5 matches in hand.  If they win the lot they would overtake us of course but it is often said that points in the bag are more important and, being in that situation, Ashford will stick to that maxim for the time being.

Player wise they have a player, Chris Ellis, with a huge throw, at least the equal of those that Rory Delap used to put in for Stoke and Ashford defenders will need to be aware of the threat, which they will be, of course.  We also welcome back Bobby Dormer who had a brief spell with us this time last year, and indeed Camberley’s skipper Dale Webb, who also played for Ashford at the start of his career.  They have also recently signed speed merchant Elijah Ogunseye from Colliers Wood and Ashford supporters will remember him at Short Lane when he played here for his old club not too long ago.

This is not the last time we will see Camberley at Short Lane this season as they will be returning here in the semi-final of the League Cup, a match that we understand will take place on Tuesday 12 April.  Doubtless neither of us would have wished to be drawn together in the semi-final, with the other game seeing Farnham Town at home to Cobham, but it is what it is although that is for another day.

Our all-conquering Ladies’ side also have an important home match tomorrow when they will entertain Clapham Rovers Ladies in the Semi-Final of the Middlesex County FA Women’s Capital Cup.  We wish them every success and the match will kick off earlier than usual at 1.00 p.m.  Please come and lend your support if you can, it is free to watch.

Junior Chairman Nick Bailey has provided all the junior fixtures for tomorrow plus last week’s results which are listed below:

Ashford Sports Club - Club House 11-a-side Pitch

Tim U16s v Abbey Rangers 10am 

Ashford Sports Club – Short Lane 11-a-side Pitch

Martin U14s v Victoria 10am

Conor U15s v Rushmoor 11.30

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch

Neil U7s v Trophy event (CB Hounslow/Twickenham Tigers) 10am

Andy U8s v Corinthian Casuals 12pm

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch

Nelson U10s v Molesey Juniors 10am

Graham U10s v Kew Association 11.15

Matt U9s v Manorcroft 12.30

Ashford Town – Outfield

Craig U13s v Meadow Sport 10.30

Ben U15s v Royals Elite 12pm

Ashford Town– Stadium

Ladies v Clapham Ladies 1pm

Away Games

Bill U7s v Trophy event

Tom U7s v Trophy event

Matt U8s v Walton & Hersham

Larry U12s v Bedfont Eagles

Fin U13s v Met Police

Marco U15s v Guildford Saints

Carl U17s v Staines Albion

No Games

Tim U16s

Results from last Sunday

Bill U7s 3-3 Spelthorne

Neil U7s 6-2 Walton & Hersham

Graham U10s 5-2 Esher Colts

Craig U13s 11-0 Kew Park Rangers

Fin U13s 7-1 SCR Colts

Conor U15s 3-4 South Park

Marco U15s 1-7 Yateley

Carl U17s 1-2 Staines Town

 

 

 

A full blooded match at Gander Green Lane on Monday evening saw Ashford earn their second win in three days with a 4-2 success over Sutton Common Rovers.

It was Ashford’s first foray on to the artificial surface and it is an impressive sight if you have not seen it before with the straightest lines anyone could imagine, not exactly what you get at most grounds in the CCL!  The surface too is a huge improvement on those of the past even though one got the impression that actually playing on it was still different to normal.  It will be interesting to have the players’ views.  Spectators remain some distance from the pitch though, thanks to the old running track still in existence, despite now being swathed in green.

On a cold evening it was the home side who drew first blood on 27 minutes when Nemo Adams took full advantage of a defensive error to put his side ahead.  It was hard on the visitors as they had started to play some enterprising football on the surface and it was the third match in a row where Ashford have conceded the first goal against the run of play.

It is goals that count though, not the run of play, but as in previous matches, it did not take too long before the equaliser arrived and what a superb strike it was from Mark Bitmead, in the 34th minute, direct from a free kick.

Ashford rarely make life easy for themselves though and just five minutes later SCR took the lead for the second time, when again, better defending would have prevented the goal.  It was scored by the dangerous Phil Page, whose runs were causing problems and it was understandable that SCR looked long for him on almost every occasion.

The game had become feisty and referee Hounsell was gradually filling his notebook, just as he had at Ashford a few weeks earlier, including the rare sight of Tommy Brunton being cautioned for a foul tackle.  There were no more goals before half-time though but Ashford were playing some good football against determined opposition and there was every hope they could pull matters round in the second period.

So it proved with a dominant performance in the second half.  Despite plenty of pressure, it took until the 65th minute for the equaliser to arrive, even though the writing had been on the wall.  Once again it was Bitmead, later voted “Ashford man of the match” who scored it, this time from the spot following a trip.  SCR keeper Sam Freeman guessed correctly but couldn’t keep the effort out.

The home side were still looking for Page at every opportunity and he certainly remained a danger but their attacks had become more spasmodic and all chances of winning went out of the window for them when he was sent off for violent conduct.  Initially, and from the other end, it looked harsh as Tyler Tobin, cautioned for his part in the incident, held on to the ball when he should have released it and it looked from a distance as if Page was simply trying to wrestle the ball back.  The referee confirmed afterwards though that the dismissal was for an attempted head butt, a decision that incensed the home side but it cannot be argued that the referee was right on the spot.

Ashford became ever more dominant in possession and it was no surprise when they finally took the lead on 76 minutes when Samad Kazi, released from defensive duties in recent matches, rose to head home a pin point cross from Alex Fisher.

Kazi in fact had caused problems all evening with his pace, and it was he who made the game totally safe just five minutes later when he slotted home from a through ball.  Sub Bradley Wainwright almost made it five soon afterwards but overall it was a determined performance by the visitors who found, in the second half, that the surface suited them very well indeed.

The Under-18’s are in action later this week, when they travel to Northwood on Thursday evening, whilst the next 1st Team match is at home to Camberley Town on Saturday.  There will be more on that one later in the week.

Ashford will make the trip to play Sutton Common Rovers tomorrow evening (Monday) in search of further league points.  SCR now play at the ground of Sutton United, the address of which is The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, SM1 2EY, kick-off 7.45 p.m. (not 7.30 as shown in the programme on Saturday).  The last time Ashford played there, in 2010, they defeated Sutton by four goals to two, in a memorable Ryman League Premier Division match so the ground has happy memories.

It is a bold move by SCR, always an enterprising club, and we certainly wish them well in eventually finding a home of their own.  In the meantime as doubtless, everyone will be aware, Sutton are in the first season of using a 3G pitch and it is important that players ensure they have the proper footwear for the surface, which one would hope would suit Ashford’s passing game very well.

SCR enjoyed an excellent run in this year’s FA Vase, only losing out eventually to Bowers & PItsea in a much delayed match and their conquerors have gone on to reach the semi-final of the competition and may even make the Final.  In the League, SCR currently sit in 15th place with 11 wins and 16 defeats from their 31 matches to date.  This will be our first meeting of the season due to a previous postponement, with the return “leg” to come almost at the end of the campaign.

In the meantime, the Club will be open tomorrow evening as St Marys University Ladies are playing a further friendly at the ground.

Ashford faced an in-form Bedfont Sports on Saturday and just managed to come out on top, winning by three goals to two in an intriguing match, in front of a sizeable attendance, augmented by a number of junior players and their parents.  Thank you for your attendance.

All the goals came in the second half, although Ashford came closest in the first period when Samad Kazi, pushed further forward for this match, almost broke the deadlock with the last kick of the half as his excellent effort hit the post and rebounded to safety.  He also had another effort disallowed for offside.  There were other opportunities whilst for the visitors Matt Baxter always looked dangerous but there were no goals at the break.  Ashford supporters were happy though that Ashford were performing far better than they had at Raynes Park Vale on Tuesday evening.

The second half started with a bang as the visitors took the lead.  A miskick allowed Baxter in and he made no mistake.  Two minutes later though Ashford were level.  An effort from Scott Weight was only partially cleared and with a defender confusing his keeper, Jack Beadle was on hand to knock the ball into an empty net.

Ten minutes later Ashford went in front when Perry Luckins, unmarked at a corner kick, smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Bedfont though were no spent force and levelled the scores, once again through Baxter, who scored from close range when Ashford failed to clear.

Ashford continued to press though and a rather odd goal four minutes from the end of normal time secured the winner and it was Ashford “man of the match” Samad Kazi who scored it from a cross, nipping in front of the keeper although it was unclear which part of his anatomy actually put the ball in the net.

The result was all important, as it got Ashford back on the winning trail and with a decent performance generally against opponents who are building a strong squad under Paul Johnson.

It’s one match at a time of course and the next one comes up very quickly, on Monday evening, away to Sutton Common Rovers.  More on that one later.

Contrary to a recent statement, Monday’s match will not be the first time Ashford have played a competitive match on an artificial surface as we did, of course, play several games at the old Feltham Arena against Feltham FC.  One or two of our older supporters have been quick to point that out.

Ashford will be relieved to be back at home on Saturday on a decent surface as they welcome neighbours Bedfont Sports to Short Lane, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Bedfont come into the match in good form having won their last four league games and, on form alone, will be the favourites to win this tussle.  Ashford need though to recover from the indifferent performance at Raynes Park Vale on Tuesday and it is hard to imagine they could be quite so poor at the back again as they were in midweek.  That said, good teams do not become bad sides overnight and all Ashford supporters will be aware of just how good the squad can be when they put their minds to it.  Your full support will be particularly welcome which can only help.

The attendance will be augmented tomorrow by the presence of a number of our junior sides with the match designated as “junior day” following the success of previous occasions.  Sadly we suffered a break-in probably last Monday when some scum broke in to the boardroom and stole the boardroom fridge plus assorted drinks.  They also emptied the fridge in the kitchen and took the till which fortunately was empty.  If anybody has a small fridge that they could donate to the club we would be delighted to accept it.

It is all action at the moment, with another away match coming up just 48 hours afterwards, when the Tangerines go to Sutton Common Rovers, who play at Sutton United.  The writer stands to be corrected but this will possibly be the first ever time that the club has played a competitive match on an artificial surface.  More on that one later.

Here are Sunday’s junior fixtures:

Ashford Sports Club – Short Lane 11-a-side Pitch

Craig U13s v Kew Park Rangers 10am

Fin U13s v SCR Colts 11.30

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch

Matt U8s v Kew Association 10am

Bill U7s v Spelthorne Sports 11.15

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch

Graham U10s v Esher Colts 10.30

Away Games

Neil U7s v Walton & Hersham

Tom U7s v Twickenham Tigers

Andy U8s v Claygate

Nelson U10s v AFC Walcountians

Conor U15s v South Park

Marco U15s v Yateley

Tim U16s v Corinthian Casuals

Carl U17s v Staines Albion

No Games

Matt U9s

Larry U12s

Martin U14s

Ben U15s

Results from Sunday 6 March 2016

Bill U7s 2-2 West Side

Tom U7s 3-4 Staines Town

Matt U8s Tournament W/W/D

Andy U8s Tournament L/W/D

Graham U10s 7-2 Rocks Lane

Larry U12s 4-0 SCR Colts

Craig U13s 0-2 Croygas

Fin U13s 5-0 Met Police

Ben U15s 6-0 Met Police

Conor U15s 2-1 South Park

Marco U15s 2-4 Spelthorne

Tim U16s 3-3 Kew Park Rangers

Carl U17s 1-6 Horsley 

 

Ashford’s attempts to gain promotion were dealt a blow on Tuesday evening at Raynes Park Vale when a sub-standard defensive performance nullified two quality first half goals, leaving the home side the victors by three goals to two.

A positive start by the visitors belied what was to come but despite dominating possession throughout the early stages, Ashford found themselves a goal behind in the home side’s first attack of any note in the 11th minute.  It did not seem as if too much harm had been caused as just four minutes later Mark Bitmead restored parity when he got on the end of a superb cross from Dan Fleming.

Just before the half-hour mark, the roles were reversed when Bitmead dug out an excellent cross and Fleming’s header put Ashford in front.

It was a major disappointment though when the home side equalised on 38 minutes from a corner kick, following a mix-up on the goal line, although it was quite difficult to see from the other end, as half the lights don’t seem to be working at Raynes Park Vale leaving one end distinctly shadowy.

Nevertheless with 45 minutes to come down the slope, Ashford’s supporters were reasonably confident of better things to come in the second period but the visitors just never got going and another dreadful defensive error allowed the home side to go ahead on 63 minutes.

We then endured quite an unpleasant fracas that saw a home player removed for violent conduct and a caution for Jack Beadle but it took so long for the official to get play going again that it led to some major frustration, especially from the Ashford bench.

That was it though.  A superb effort from Max Webb that the keeper tipped over the bar was about the only time that Ashford really threatened to pull the match round and the game ended in severe disappointment for the Tangerines.

So what now?  There are two choices really.  Either the club concedes that it will not overhaul our major rivals and settles for another season in the CCL, or we roll our sleeves up and play as hard as we can for the 33 points that are still available to be won and see where it takes us.  It is worth remembering that all the clubs near the top have suffered unexpected defeats in recent weeks and there is not one club in this league who cannot win against anyone on their day. 

The next match is at home on Saturday against neighbours Bedfont Sports and they will arrive in good form with four successive wins behind them but more on this game later in the week.

It is worrying when matches are still being postponed in March but sadly it continues to happen in the CCL and Ashford were the latest victims on Saturday when their scheduled match away to Redhill was called off, to become the only Premier Division game to suffer that fate, this in a week when there had been very little rain.

The state of the pitches at some CCL grounds must be cause for concern by the League.  It certainly penalises clubs such as Camberley, Windsor, ourselves and others who rarely see a home match called off but then find themselves having to play a disproportionate number of games away in midweek.  This particular match, at Redhill, will almost certainly have to be re-arranged for a Thursday evening, as the League web site suggests our opponents have already run out of spare Tuesdays.

However, there is no choice but to move on and on Tuesday evening the Tangerines go to Raynes Park Vale in another re-arranged match.  They played at home on Saturday and with virtually no rain in the forecast before Tuesday the match will hopefully go ahead.  The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. and the address of the ground is Prince George Playing Fields, Grand Drive, Raynes Park, SW20 9NB.   Parking is available at the end of the long drive leading up to the ground but it is limited.

Last season Ashford gave one of their poorest performances at Raynes Park Vale, deservedly losing 1-3 with only a Jack Beadle penalty to show for their efforts, and even that was a fortunate award.  Ashford will be well aware that their opponents are difficult to beat on their own ground but will doubtless be well prepared by manager Murray and hopefully at full strength.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

This afternoon's match at Redhill has been postponed as their pitch remains waterlogged.

It will almost certainly have to be re-arranged for a Thursday evening,as Redhill have already run out of Tuesdays.

Next match is on Tuesday evening, away to Raynes Park Vale.

Here are this Sunday's fixtures as supplied by Nick Bailey, along with last week's results.

Ashford Sports Club - Club House 11-a-side Pitch

No Fixture

Ashford Sports Club – Short Lane 11-a-side Pitch

Fin U13s v Met Police 10am

Conor U15s v South Park 11.30

Ashford Sports Club – 9 – 9 Pitch

Larry U12s v SCR Colts 10.30 

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch

Andy U8s v Trophy Event Tournament (10-12:30pm)

Neil U7s v Staines Town 12:45

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch

Tommy U7s v Wallington Wanderers 10am (using half the 7v7)

Matt U9s v SCR Colts 11.15

Graham U10s v Rocks Lane 12.30

Ashford Town – Outfield

Tim U16s v Kew Park Rangers 10am

Carl U17s v Horsley 11.30

Ashford Town Stadium

No fixture

Away Games

Billy U7s v Westside

Matt U8s v Trophy Event

Nelson U10s v Bedfont & Feltham

Craig U13s v Croygas

Ben U15s v Met Police

Marco U15s v Spelthorne

Gary Mens v Hanworth

No Games

Martin U14s

 

Results Sunday 28 Feb

Neil U7s 3-4 Rocks Lane

Billy U7s 4-1 Epsom

Tommy U7s 1-2 Spelthorne

Matt U8s 2-2 Esher Colts

Matt U9s 1-1 CB Hounslow

Graham U10s 7-6 Kew Park Rangers

Nelson U10s 8-1 Hanworth

Larry U12s 0-7 Motspur Park

Craig U13s 1-9 Kew Park Rangers

Fin U13s 6-1 G4G

Ben U15s 2-5 Sheen Lions

Conor U15s 1-2 G4G

Marco U15s 3-2 Staines Lammas

Tim U16s 1-2 Kew Park Rangers

Carl U17s 1-2 Imber Court 

 

On Saturday, Ashford are due to make their first visit to play Redhill FC since October 1992, when they managed to win by three goals to two after extra time, in a Surrey Senior Cup clash, Ashford’s goals coming from Carl Morlese, Andy Smith and Gary Hawkett.

Redhill have struggled with their pitch this season but they managed to play on Tuesday so hopefully their efforts to get the match on this Saturday will be rewarded.  The address of the ground is Kiln Brow, Three Arch Road, Redhill, RH1 5AE (tel:  01737 762129) and there is plenty of parking available at the ground.

Since relegation last year from the Ryman League, the Lobsters have struggled this season and find themselves near the foot of the table although they have games in hand on most of their rivals.  That makes them no less dangerous, of course, and Ashford will doubtless need to be as dogged as they were on Tuesday evening in beating a Chessington side that certainly did not play like a club near the bottom of the table.  In their favour, Ashford now have two consecutive clean sheets behind them and with missing players back and available for selection should be more or less at full strength.  Kick-off will be 3.00 p.m. as usual.

Yesterday evening, the Under-18’s suffered a close defeat at Bedfont Sports, losing by three goals to two.  Ashford led by two goals to one but Bedfont equalised and scored the winner at the death.

 

An unspectacular but solid performance against Chessington & Hook United on Tuesday evening saw Ashford safely into the semi-finals of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup, where they are joined by Camberley Town, Farnham Town and, from Division One, Cobham, who managed to do what we couldn’t recently, and beat Westfield.

It was a far more spirited Chessington side that took the field last night and it was fairly clear from the start that a repeat of Ashford’s 7-1 romp in the league was unlikely to be repeated.  As the match progressed though, the Tangerines were starting to carve out the better chances and so it proved, when, in the 29th minute, in-form Dan Fleming scored, following an excellent run and cross from Jack Beadle, who was a handful all evening.  The finish was of some quality.

Ten minutes later it was Fleming again as Ashford doubled the lead.  This time the goal came from a corner kick from Alex Fisher that the visitors struggled to defend and it eventually fell for Fleming to head deftly into the top of the net.

To their credit Chessington certainly did not wither and applied considerable pressure at the start of the second period.  Scott Weight though, playing in an unfamiliar central defensive position, along with Samad Kazi, stood firm and kept the troops marshalled, although Chessington’s Ade Oketoki often looked dangerous in possession.  This was somewhat nullified though by his propensity to stray offside far too readily.

There were chances at both ends and Chessington missed one golden opportunity to pull one back when a simple header was misplaced.  The game became a little feisty but referee Kissi generally had control and with time running out, Ashford looked ever more comfortable.  They should have scored a third goal close to the end when energetic work from Bradley Wainwright saw him cross to Mark Bitmead who had the goal at his mercy but Ashford’s leading scorer fluffed his lines on this occasion, only able to direct his effort into the keeper’s grateful grasp.

It was not one of Ashford’s most classic performances but in terms of game management there could be few complaints and the semi-final draw is now awaited.  Supporters voted heavily in favour of Max Webb, restored last night to the starting line-up, as Ashford’s “man of the match” and he deserved it for a strong and determined performance in midfield.

Next up is a trip to Redhill on Saturday, when presumably both Will Boye and Josh Andrew will be available for selection, both being cup-tied yesterday evening.  Club skipper Russell Canderton may also be back, after missing out last night with a knock.

Secretary Geoff Knock has confirmed that Ashford’s home match against Enfield Town in the quarter-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup will take place on Tuesday 5 April.