Two late goals saw Ashford defeated by Farnborough on Tuesday evening in the latest pre-season match but manager Ben Murray will be far from disheartened as Ashford more than matched their formidable opponents for much of the game, playing some excellent football at times.

Farnborough have some dangerous players, not least ex-Camberley duo Perry Coles and Matt Bunyan and it was the former who gave the visitors the lead on 11 minutes although Ashford did feel that there was a clear foul in the build up.

The Tangerines, still missing Max Webb and Samad Kazi, were not phased by the quality of their opponents and came close to equalising more than once in a very even contest.  There was no further scoring before half-time but the equaliser did come just five minutes into the second half.  Good work by James Cottee set Tommy Brunton free on the left flank and his well flighted cross was met by Dan Fleming who planted his header firmly into the top of the net.

For a long time, Ashford continued to look strong and it would not have been much of a surprise had they scored again but with both sides making numerous changes, Farnborough struck again with Coles scoring his second of the evening in the 80th minute.  In the end it was a quality finish as Ashford found themselves caught out at the back.

Farnborough now had the ascendency and emphasised it in the 90th minute when John Oyenuga unleashed an unstoppable effort from close in, giving replacement keeper Jake Tayler no chance.

With pre-season now hotting up, Ashford have another match on Thursday which is now to be played at Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  Opponents are the exotically named FC Deportivo Galicia based upon an area in Northern Spain.  They have just won promotion to Division One of the Combined Counties League by virtue of winning the Middlesex County League last season.  Ashford will be using the match to ensure plenty of game time for the whole squad and one assumes that most if not all the lads on the bench on Tuesday will start on Thursday.

Admission will be just £3 on the gate (OAP’s £2 and children under-16 free).

We then go on to Saturday when we will be away to Ryman League South Park FC.  There will be more on that one following the match against Deportivo.