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.