If you are coming to the Presentation Evening, Graham (Cooley) has asked that as many people as possible pay him their money (£20 a head) on Tuesday evening at the Hampton match.

Ashford maintained their recent excellent form with another away win in their final league match on Saturday, returning from Kidlington with a 2-1 win, which sees the Tangerines achieving a top half finish (10th) in their first season back at Step 4.

As often happens at the end of the season, the squad was a little depleted including the non-availability of Mark Bitmead, who was called into work at the last moment.  Other absences meant that we only had one effective substitute on the bench, namely Dylan Duby.

Kidlington had been doing well recently, having completely recovered from their poor start to the season and went into the match with a 3 point lead over Ashford.  The first half though had an end of season feel to it.  Ashford possibly had more of it overall but it was fairly even with no-one really looking as if they would break the deadlock.  That is until Kidlington opened the scoring with what has to be said was an excellent break from an Ashford corner that broke down.  The ball was rapidly moved upfield and, from an acute angle, Kidlington’s Callum Harvey, who had been a menace throughout the half, put his side ahead from an acute angle.

Apart from the goal, the only other talking point was the referee’s insistence that Dan Fleming left the field after receiving treatment for a knock, even though the other player was shown a yellow card.  There was a general view that an injured player is allowed to stay on if the offender has been cautioned but it didn’t happen on this occasion, despite manager Murray’s very clear advice to the official.

The second half, played in warm sunshine did not look as if it would produce many goals if any, despite everyone’s best endeavours and it started to look as if Ashford would return empty handed.  On 80 minutes though in an attack down the right, a Kidlington defender handled in the area.  It was one of those that might or might not have been given but on this occasion the referee was clear in his decision and in the absence of Mark Bitmead, Alex Fisher stepped up and duly levelled the score.

Kidlington felt aggrieved and suddenly there was a greater intensity and passion about the match which worked in Ashford’s favour as with five minutes on the clock, Jack Beadle pounced and rifled home after a rebound, thus scoring the winning goal for the second match in a row.

Kidlington were unable to come back and the points were on their way to Middlesex.  The match was an opportunity for Dylan Duby to come on early in the second half and he showed that he can play, with the benefit of plenty of game time.  In the writer’s view though, Max Webb was Ashford’s stand out player with his aggressive running but Max Herbert and others were not far behind.

The league season is over but we play at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup on Tuesday evening at Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 p.m., with the winners playing Wealdstone in the Final on Bank Holiday 1 May.

Larry’s Under-23’s lost their Final to Mitcham Park on Sunday morning, 0-2, but put up a good show and did the club proud.

 

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
07:45PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)