Ashford’s FA Trophy dream remains alive after Saturday’s match at home to Step 3 side Kingstonian, following a draw, two apiece..

Kingstonian had a number of recent  recruits unavailable due to being cup tied but Ashford are literally down to the bare bones with any number of key senior players missing:  indeed every available senior player started for the Tangerines, with five youth players on the bench.  In that context, although the Tangerines conceded two goals, after taking a two goal lead, the players that took the field should be congratulated upon their overall performance against opponents sitting high in the Bostick Premier Division.

The opening exchanges were reasonably even but it was Ashford who drew first blood on 24 minutes.  Jabir Laraba broke away and resisted attempts by ex-Ashford player Mitchal Gough to pull him down, going on to hit a decent effort beyond the keeper’s reach.  Gough somehow escaped without punishment.

Just nine minutes late the  lead was doubled when a decent move down the left flank saw Alex Fisher putting in a low cross which bounced around a bit but the ball found itself to the unmarked Jack Beadle at the far post and he gleefully smashed it home.

Ashford were looking good value at that point but at the moment whenever Ashford score two, they seem to be additionally vulnerable, having twice conceded a two goal lead in recent matches.  They saw the game through though until the break but afterwards needed to withstand the unavoidable pressure that the higher ranked side started to exert.

The last thing the Tangerines needed was to concede early but that was what happened on 57 minutes when a mistake by the otherwise excellent Yah-Ya El-Kabouche who gave the ball away when there was little danger, saw K’s Tom Collins reducing the arrears .  Ashford buckled down though and still produced opportunities of their own but the momentum was now with the visitors and the equaliser came on 75 minutes again from an individual error.  This time the culprit was Will Boye whose header back to Tyler Tobin lacked power, leading to Tom Derry bringing the scores level.  It was frustrating as Boye had been pivotal at the back for Ashford and to his credit he didn’t let it worry him.

Nevertheless Ashford supporters now feared the worst but the beleaguered Tangerines knuckled down again and the final 15 minutes saw chances at both ends.  There were no further goals though and the two sides will go again this evening (Monday).  Kingstonian have sadly lost their own ground so the match will be at Leatherhead FC, the address of which is Fetcham Grove, Guildford Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9AS.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m. and Ashford can only hope that the eleven who started on Saturday are all fit and available to play.  Whatever team takes the field though, they will give their best to try to maintain the run that, along with the FA Cup run,  has made this a highly exciting season to date.

The Ladies met their match  yesterday in the Women’s FA Cup and exited the competition, losing 0-6 to an excellent Women’s Premier League side Milton Keynes Dons, who play  three levels above.   The Ladies remain unbeaten  in the Greater London Women’s League though with a 100% record and will be looking to bounce back next Sunday at home to New London Lionesses who are just below them in the table.  Kick-off will be 2.00 p.m.

The scheduled Under-18 match  against Camberley Town this week has been postponed as Camberley have a County Cup tie.

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
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Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
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Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)