Ashford suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Potters Bar Town, on Saturday, losing at home by three goals to nil.

Every game in this League is very different and it is never easy to predict beforehand just how a particular match will go.  Ashford came into this game in reasonably good form whilst their opponents, although higher in the table, had not had that great a time recently.

Despite the eventual scoreline, the game was much of a stalemate with Ashford, despite their best efforts, struggling to break down a very competent and well organised defence.  Inevitably there were close things at both end but it remained scoreless at half-time and it certainly started to look as if the first team to score would probably go on to win.

So it proved.  Potters Bar got their noses in front just after the hour mark and it was controversial.  Rusell Canderton was the alleged guilty man although he was livid, claiming that his opponent had dived.  Once the inevitable fracas had died down, the resulting penalty kick was calmly despatched and the away side were on their way.

As the match went on two more incidents had a bearing on the match.  As Ashford attacked, a foul on his full-back by Mark Bitmead saw the visiting right back jump up and clearly retaliate with a considerable degree of violence.  It was a poor foul and Bitmead was rightly cautioned but the violence of the retaliation seemed a clear sending off to everyone bar Mr.Bandara who only issued a yellow card.  We get players sent off when they’re nowhere near the ball whilst this player got away with it  but nothing we can do.

The other major incident that could well have made all the difference from Ashford's point of view was a superb effort from Dan Fleming that beat the keeper and crashed back into play from the bar.  That would have levelled the scores had it gone in but very quickly the visitors broke and ended up by doubling the scoreline.

Ashford pushed more men forward as the game drew to its conclusion but as they did so, and as so often happens, Potters Bar broke away again and emphasised the three points with a third goal.  So not the greatest day in Ashford’s history.  Although it was obviously the same for both sides the pitch did not help Ashford on the day, being unusually bobbly and it could have clearly done with some water on it, such is the drainage which at times is a boon but it wasn’t on Saturday.  That said, Ashford managed a perfectly competent display on a worse surface at Barton the previous week.

We can only move on and on Tuesday evening we make the 60 mile trip to meet Kempston Rovers at the third time of asking.  The address of the ground is shown in the previous article and kick-off is at 7.45 p.m.  It is a longer trip, especially in midweek, but the lads will certainly appreciate your support if possible.

A round up of the junior games and the Ladies, etc., will appear tomorrow.

Forthcoming Events

02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament