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.

 

Forthcoming Events

25 Feb 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Twickenham Rangers
25 Feb 2018
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Greater London Women's League v New London Lionesses (a)
02 Mar 2018
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Quiz Night @ Ernie's Bar
03 Mar 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Thame United (H)
04 Mar 2018
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John Greenacre Trophy v QPR Ladies Development (H)
05 Mar 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Camberley Town (H)
09 Mar 2018
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Ladies Night @ Ernie's Bar
10 Mar 2018
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10 Mar 2018
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British Airways v South Kilburn
17 Mar 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Beaconsfield Town (a)
18 Mar 2018
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British Airways Vets v Shebu Old Stars
21 Mar 2018
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24 Mar 2018
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26 Mar 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Northwood (H)
31 Mar 2018
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02 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (a)
04 Apr 2018
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07 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Chalfont St Peter (H)
11 Apr 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Hendon (a)
14 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Marlow (a)
15 Apr 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Bedfont Sunday Vets
16 Apr 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Staines Town (H)
21 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (H)
22 Apr 2018
10:30AM - 05:00PM
Middlesex FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
28 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
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Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
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Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
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Junior Tournament