We have been advised by Kempston Rovers that Tuesday's match may be in doubt due to a waterlogged pitch.  An inspection is planned for 1.00 p.m. and as soon as we have further information it will be put on here.

UPDATE:  Pitch inspection delayed until 2.00 p.m. but very doubtful,

Further update:

This evening’s match is postponed, pitch waterlogged

Some impressive football at times on Saturday eventually saw Ashford complete their first double of the season as they beat Arlesey Town by two goals to one.

The match saw the debut of central defender Davente McGain, signed on loan from Staines Town, and who  looks a player who certainly doesn’t mess about at the back which, given Ashford’s propensity for conceding daft goals at times may be just what was needed.

Arlesey looked a considerably better side than they had when Ashford played at their ground near the start of the season but the Tangerines were generally playing it around well.  Bart Pedrycz in the Arlesey goal was proving a tough nut to crack though and after several near things one wondered if it was going to be one of those days again.  On 36 minutes though, it was Bailey Mummery who broke the deadlock with a crisp finish having been put through by Dan Fleming.

As always, Kam English popping up on either flank was his usual nuisance but it was not all one way traffic and both full backs, Samad Kazi and Max Herbert, the latter stepping in for Alex Fisher, whose operation we understand has been a success, were highly prominent at times.

There was little controversy in the match with neither side picking up so much as a caution but Ashford were aggrieved when the visitors equalised on 55 minutes when seconds earlier English had looked to be quite deliberately  baulked as he threatened down the left flank.  It wasn’t given though and within seconds the ballw as switched to the other end and Ariel Amu equalised.

There was no panic though and although it took a while, Ashford restored their lead on 73 minutes when a deft through ball from Herbert found Tommy Brunton in the clear and he smashed it home with considerable aplomb, to seal a much needed victory.  That said the three points were almost squandered late on when a decent effort was certainly going in but skipper Russell Canderton was on hand to clear it from the line.

There was more than one candidate for “Ashford man of the match” but in a very close vote it was won by Max Herbert who was almost neck and neck with Samad Kazi.  The lean patch in terms of goal scoring by Mark Bitmead and Dan Fleming went on but it was not for the sake of hard work, with both players and indeed the whole team giving their all to ensure the win against tricky opponents.

The next match is tomorrow evening (Tuesday) when we travel to Kempston Rovers, the original game having been postponed due to a frozen pitch.  The address of the ground is Hillgrounds Leisure, Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8SZ and kick-off is 7.45 p.m.  It is a trip up the M1 to Junction 13 and then the A421 to the destination, about 60 miles all told.

Most of the junior sides were in action on Sunday and here are their results.  Particular congratulations go to Paul’s Under-13’s who beat Old Isleworthians by two goals to nil, to reach the semi-final of their County Cup

Michael U7s 3-4 Corinthian Casuals

Andy U9s 3-3 CB Hounslow

Matt U10s 8-0 Kew Park Rangers

Graham U11s 0-0 Doverhouse

Nelson U11s 5-0 Sutton United

Joe U12s 1-6 Doverhouse

Larry U13s 4-2 Surrey Predators

John U13s 1-6 Raynes Park

Paul U13s 2-0 Old Isworthian (county cup)

Craig U14s 2-4 Kew Park Rangers

Fin U14s 1-3 Worcester Park

Martin U15s 4-3 Ewell Saxons

Ben U16s 4-3 Dorking

Conor U16s 1-4 Worplesdon

Simon U16s 0-7 Hanworth  

 

Ashford Ladies were back to their usual form, beating Colne Valley Res by ten goals to nil and here is Will Boyes’s report:

Holly Isaacs put the Tangerines ahead with a trademark strike in the first minute of the game. Lavana Neufville doubled the lead soon after when she flicked in Laura Huse's volley from a Vicky James corner.

 

Sequoia Belworthy joined in on the action after great play from Neufville on the right who produced a pinpoint cross for Belworthy to virtually run the ball into the net.

 

Charmaine Benham along with the her central teammates always looked a threat when driving forward so when Benham delivered a cross from deep for Isaacs running in from the left, it was inevitable she was to get her second of the game.

 

Belworthy popped up again in the box to score the fifth goal of the game.

 

H/T: 5-0

 

Colne Valley came out in the second half a rejuvenated side and began to take the game to the home side forcing saves from Lauren Restel in the Ashford goal.

 

Restel's distribution continued to impress and when she found Benham who combined with James and Mills before playing through Belworthy the young striker maintained her composure to score her first ever hatrick in Ashford colours.

 

Neufville scored a delightful goal after rolling her marker before smashing home another, the excellent Benham drove through the Valley Reserves defence to grab another before Neufville completed her hatrick.

Samara Phillips-Hines scored late on to round off a comfortable victory for Ashford Ladies.

 

Ashford's dominance this season has been almost total, with only four points dropped in the entire league campaign to date.

 

F/T: 10-0

 

LINEUP: L Restel, J Boye, B Sheehan, N Jacobs, L Huse, V James, S Phillips-Hines, C Benham, H Isaacs, L Neufville, S Belworthy  SUBS: T Mills

 

The Sunday Men’s Social team lost 2-5 to Armenian Youth FC.

 

Finally the Under-18’s are away this evening (Monday) to Hayes & Yeading

 

With the cold snap hopefully gone or going, football should be able to take place once more at Short Lane on Saturday when the visitors will be Arlesey Town from Bedfordshire.

Our opponents will arrive in 19th place in the table.  Their last outing was on 10th January when they drew one apiece at Kempston.  The two league matches before that saw them suffer 0-2 defeats at the hands of Uxbridge and Royston respectfully.  We travelled to Arlesey in the early part of the season and managed to win by three goals to nil, our scorers being Scott Weight, Jack Beadle and Mark Bitmead.

Kick-off tomorrow is 3.00 p.m.

There will be more on the web site tomorrow morning about our other teams in action this weekend.

This evening's Ryman Youth League match at home to Aldershot Town U18 has been postponed due to the ongoing frozen pitch.

With the weather due to warm up a bit towards the weekend, we anticipate that Saturday's match at home to Arlesey Town will go ahead as normal.

A live band Purple#9 will be performing at the club on Friday evening from 8.00 p.m. on in what we hope will become a regular feature.  They are a local band with an excellent reputation and all members and guests are welcome.  Entry is entirely FREE and there will be some bar deals on the night.

Please come down and enjoy yourself.

 

Three of our junior sides have made excellent progress in their various County Cups, with two having reached the semi-finals and one the quarter finals.

Andy Ollerenshaw has kindly produced a summary as the matches they face as shown below:

Paul's under U13s 

They play Old Isworthians away in the quarter final on Sunday 29th, this is the third attempt to play this match, each time getting postponed due to the weather and pitch condition - we hope that on Sunday the lads can finally put this match to bed.  The winners will play Parkfield Youth away on the 12th Feb and if they come through these two games they could face a possible final against Hanwell, Wheatstone or Brookhouse on the 2nd April. 

Fin & Lees U14s

They are through to the semifinal after an impressive 4-2 away win to Pinner United,  their opposition in the semi final are Ruislip Rangers who they will play away on the 12th Feb.  If they are successful in that match their opposition for the final will be Sandgate or Hampton youth - again on the 2nd April. 

Ben's U16s 

After winning their quarter final against Teddington they will now face the winners of the match between CB Hounslow or Conquest in the semi final, with this match  scheduled to be played on the 12th Feb at home.  If they are successful in this semi final match they will face the winners of the other semi final (Bedfont or Acton) - game scheduled for a 19:30KO on the 30th March.

At 3.00 p.m. this afternoon the pitch remained frozen and as a precaution we have arranged for an official inspection on Saturday morning.  A further message will be put out once there has been a decision.

Ashford look forward to the visit of league leaders Royston Town to Short Lane on Saturday.

Our opponents enjoyed an impressive sounding victory over 2nd placed Farnborough on Tuesday evening but not very long ago we came close at Royston, hauling ourselves back from three down to make it three apiece, only to concede two more in the closing minutes.

Past form against our opponents does not make great reading for Ashford supporters as we have yet to win in five previous encounters, the two previous home matches resulting in a 1-1 draw in the 2012-2013 season, our goal coming from Kofi Lockhart-Adams, and a 0-2 defeat in season 2013-2014.

The squad has been boosted this week by the signing of two players on loan from Barnet FC, namely Theo Alexis and Nathan Dennis.  Theo is a physical central midfielder whilst Dennis is a pacey full back.  We welcome them both to Short Lane.

Kick-off is at 3.00 p.m. as usual and here are all the junior fixtures on Sunday:

Ashford Sports Club - Club House 11-a-side Pitch

Martin U15s v Epsom & Ewell 10am

John U13s v Kew Park Rangers 11.30am

Fin U14s v Kings Park 1pm

Ashford Sports Club – Short Lane 11-a-side Pitch

Simon U16s v Ashtead 10am

Ben U16s v Croygas 11.30am

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 1

Cass U8s v Walton & Hersham 10am

Michael U7s v CB Hounslow 11am

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 2

Steve U8s v CB Hounslow 11am

Neil U8s v Esher Wizards 12pm

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch

Andy U9s v Mitcham Park 10am

Chris U8s v Walton & Hersham 11am

Ashford Town 9 – 9 Pitch

Joe U12s v Corinthian 10am

Graham U11s v AFC Walcountians 11am

Kirk U11s v Halliford 12pm

Ashford Town – Outfield

Larry U13s v Spelthorne 12.30

Away Games

Bill U8s v Sutton United

Matt U9s v FC Sunbury

Rhys U9s v Kew Association

Ryan U9s v Sheen Lions

Nelson U11s v Molesey

Paul U13s v Old Isworthians (County Cup)

Craig U14s v Stoneleigh

 

In addition, the Ladies will be at home on Sunday afternoon to Putney Vale in the Greater London Women’s League, kick-off 2.00 p.m. whilst the Sunday men are due to be away to NLO FC at Northwick Park

 

Ashford departed this season’s Middlesex Senior Cup competition on Tuesday evening, losing 2-3 to Hanworth Villa.

On an unexpectedly frosty surface, given that the thermometer was not due to hit zero until 4.00 in the morning, Ashford and Villa fought out what could reasonably be deemed an end to end contest, a penalty kick for Villa shortly after the resumption effectively clinching victory for the away side, who will now meet Hampton in the semi-final.

Max Webb and Tommy Brunton were given a rest, no doubt with Saturday’s big match at home to Royston in mind.  The early play was frantic and it was a surprise that nobody was able to break the deadlock until the 31st minute, when Villa’s Jesse Atiase took full advantage of a void at the back to put his side ahead.  Within minutes though, Kam English had equalised and well done to him for his persistence.  Put through by Dan Fleming, he went round the keeper but then stumbled over the ball and it looked as if the chance had gone but Kam recovered well, got back on his feet and slammed home.

Just two minutes later though Tom Neale put his side ahead for the second time but with barely time to breathe Ashford equalised again, a short corner kick leading to a cross to the far post, powerfully headed in by Scott Weight for his first goal of the season.

One hoped that Ashford might now go on to take the initiative, especially as some of their approach play was impressive but the Villains, who are a strong outfit this season, had other ideas and took the lead for the third time on 52 minutes, from the spot, scorer Jack Buckle.  It was impossible to see from the far end why the penalty was awarded but it was telling that there seemed to be very few arguments.

The remainder of the match saw Ashford frantically trying to notch a third equaliser which on the balance of possession they probably deserved, but chances that were flying in earlier in the season now seem to be flying just over or wide instead, or the opposition keeper makes a great save, or, as in this case, the referee points to the spot and then changes his mind and gives the foul outside the area which it probably was.

Let it also be stated that Villa, although under the cosh at times, still made chances of their own, one header in particular bringing a wonder save from Tyler Tobin in goal.  Indeed whether it was the need to push forward that caused it but there was a point where it seemed that whenever the visitors broke they were getting through the home defence with alarming ease at times.

It would be hard to criticise anyone for effort on a very cold evening but for the writer, the stand-out Ashford player was Bayley Mummery who showed both tenacity and no little skill throughout the match, whilst Kam English also produced some telling runs at times.

Ashford are something of an enigma at the moment, still producing some excellent football at times but without getting the results.  They certainly made enough chances last night, but are just not making them count at the moment.  Bad luck and some poor refereeing decisions have not always helped but the earlier part of this season amply demonstrated that Ashford can compete well at Step 4 and it is time to re-prove it with the opportunity to do so on Saturday when league leaders Royston Town come to Short Lane.  They enjoyed an emphatic win (5-0) over Farnborough yesterday evening and will be perhaps the toughest competitors that we will face over the remainder of this season.  It will obviously be a tall order against a powerful side at this level but It does not need saying that a win for the Tangerines would lift any despondency and without doubt, would be a springboard for the remainder of the season.

The Under-18’s are due to travel to meet Hendon U18 this evening (Wednesday) at Silver Jubilee Park in the Ryman Youth League unless the weather steps in.

Other news is that we now lose Alex Fisher for a while as he has to undergo an operation not connected with football and we wish him well and hope to see him back as soon as possible.  We also extend huge thanks to Ginge from the Juniors whose latest contribution has seen a third television put up in the bar.  His next self-stated task is to build a new trophy cabinet, just in case!

There is a break from league action on Tuesday evening when Ashford will entertain Hanworth Villa in the Quarter-Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup.

The postponement of Saturday’s league encounter at AFC Kempston will mean that Ashford will be ready and raring to go and the writer is advised that Romario Jonas will be back from injury and in the squad which is great news.  Villa, under the control of Rufus Brevett, will be no push overs, that’s for certain, standing as they do, in 3rd place in the CCL and fresh from a solitary goal victory over Epsom & Ewell on Saturday.  That goal was scored by Cyril Ocansey who had a spell at Short Lane, playing in 21 matches for us in the 13-14 season.

We have some pedigree in the Middlesex Senior Cup, our best run coming in the 2012-2013 season when we reached the Final, losing 0-2 to Staines Town at Uxbridge, whereas last season an epic battle away to Enfield Town eventually saw us going out by 6 goals to 4 after extra time.

The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. and if the scores are level after 90 minutes, we go straight to penalties as there is no longer any extra time in this competition.

Two of our junior sides reached the semi-finals of their respective County Cups yesterday, namely Ben’s Under-16’s who will now play at home to CB Hounslow U16 or Conquest U16 in the semi-final on 12 February, and Fin’s U-14’s whose 4-2 win at Pinner will see them making a similar journey in their semi-final away to Ruislip Rangers on the same day.

Fin’s Under-13’s Quarter Final match is now next Sunday away to Old Isleworthians. 

All of yesterday’s junior results are shown below:

Michael U7s 7-2 Bedfont Eagles

Cass U8s 5-5 Bedfont Eagles

Bill U8s 3-1 Hampton Youth

Neil U8s 7-2 Claygate

Andy U9s 0-6 Kew Association

Matt U10s 1-2 Halliford

Graham U11s 4-3 CB Hounslow

Fin U14s 4-2 Pinner (County Cup)

Martin U15s 3-2 Victoria

Ben U16s 1-0 Teddington (County Cup) 

The Sunday Social side sustained a heavy defeat 3-11 away to Heston Celtic whilst the Ladies’ match away to Greenhouse Sports was postponed.  They are due to be back at Short Lane next Sunday (22 Jan) at home to Putney Vale Ladies.  A belated well done to Ashley Cheatley and Lavana Neufvill who were selected to represent the Middlesex FA Rep Squad in their recent Southern Counties Cup Tie against Kent FA, which Kent won 4-3 after being three down.  Needless to mention, Ashley was on the scorers’ sheet, notching two of the three Middlesex goals.

A new innovation will see music at Ashford one Friday evening every month.  More information to follow shortly.

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