Following two successive wins on the road, Ashford suffered a disappointing loss on Saturday, conceding victory to Histon Town by 2 goals to 1 at Short Lane.
The visitors, deep in relegation trouble, but sniffing a possible escape, showed their intentions right from that start and in the first half Ashford failed to cope, conceding two goals within the opening 20 minutes. Inconsistent refereeing did not help and the match threatened to get out of control at times but that is a smokescreen as the defending was just not good enough.
Matters improved in the second half as Ashford finally got to grips with what they were facing and eventually pulled one back through Romario Jonas, whose deft header from Mark Bitmead’s free kick gave the keeper little chance. At that point there was still 30 minutes left and with Ashford having far more possession, it seemed that an equaliser would not be too long in coming. It just didn’t happen though despite everyone’s best efforts and another home match was lost. Credit must go to Histon for their determined defending and they certainly didn't have the look of a side facing relegation.
There is no midweek 1st Team match so the next game is on Saturday at home to Kempston Rovers.
It was a better story on Sunday as Paul’s Under-13’s put the icing on a fine season winning their County Cup Final against Hanwell by 6 goals to nil, five of them coming in the first half. Played at Northwood, Hanwell looked a very decent side in possession but they had no answer to the more physical play of the Tangerines whose finishing was an example to any side.
Sunday was a good day all round, duly celebrated under the big new marquee, with the Ladies obtaining a vital draw at closest rivals Godalming Town, thanks to a last minute goal from Sequoia Belworthy. Ashford “Lady of the Match was Lauren Restel. The ladies now need just a point to be crowned champions of their division with two games still to play. Not to be outdone the Sunday social side celebrated a rare win as well