In front of a 200+attendance, Ashford defeated Aylesbury by 2 goals to nil for another three points which leaves us nicely positioned in 6th place with at least one match in hand over all bar one of the five sides above us.

On a beautiful day, this was not a spectacular match by any means but the Tangerines were workmanlike throughout, scoring twice in the first half and then confidently containing the efforts of the visitors to get back into the game in the second period.

Just as last week, it was big Jack Beadle who scored the opening goal on just 7 minutes, marking his third goal in as many matches.  It was made by the ever energetic Max Webb who won the ball on the right flank, held off a defender, before sweeping it across to Beadle on the other flank.  Ashford’s on form midfielder cut inside and a low effort did the trick.

Aylesbury had actually started the match quite well, passing it around nicelyl but after the goal Ashford were rather peppering their goal and the only surprise was that it took another 20 minutes before they scored again.  This time it came from a devilish corner swung in by Alex Fisher.  It deceived the keeper allowing Romario Jonas to get his head on it and it went in off a defender.  Aylesbury’s one decent chance had seen the ball skied.

The second half saw the Moles, under the managership of Davis Haule, who played for Ashford in the 2009-10 season, attempting to wrestle some initiative back and they certainly made a game of it but Ashford in securing their third clean sheet in four matches rarely looked as if they would concede and so it proved.

Having gone two up, one might have expected more but manager Ben Murray was pleased with his squad overall, with Yahya El-Kabouche, starting for the first time, winning the Hitchcock and King, Ashford “man of the match” vote by supporters, just ahead of both Beadle and Jonas.  Jabir Laraba also came on to good effect later on and Ashford supporters are enjoying watching their team at the moment, with just the one defeat all season and that to a last minute goal against Egham after we had been two up.

Next up is on Tuesday evening when we make the trip to Northwood FC in search of more league points.  The address of the ground is Northwood Park, Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1HR.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.  They have been having something of a tough time just lately but are never easy to overcome.  They are one of our most regular opponents with 22 meetings in the past.  Possibly the one that will always stand out for Ashford is the Middlesex Charity Cup Final in May 2012, played at Wealdstone.  We were three down at half-time that day but super-sub Kofi Lockhart-Adams came on and scored four goals to turn the match completely round.  Northwood weren’t done though and they then scored to make it four apiece.   The sides couldn’t be separated so it went to penalties and in the lottery that followed, we eventually won 5-4, our successful scorers being Lockhart-Adams again, Mario Quiassaca, Jack Mullan, Samad Kazi and Jim Mann.

After the excitement of winning through to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, in which they will be at home next Sunday to Kent London Ladies, Will Boye’s team won 6-1 on Sunday in their opening league match against Luton Town Development Ladies.  For once, Ashley only scored twice, the others coming from Lavana Neufville, who hit a hatrick, and Sequia Belworthy.  Maddie Bone was named “Ashford Player of the Match”.

The Under-18’s are playing in the FA Youth Cup this Wednesday away to Jewish club Wingate & Finchley in a match that was delayed due to it being a Jewish holiday last week.  We were quite happy to agree to their request and this game now replaces the Ryman Youth League match against Hendon, previously scheduled.