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  1. Well done Ashford for the victory in the Trophy replay on Tuesday. It was a very good match, full of fast flowing football and goalmouth action at both ends. Bradley opened the scoring after 20 ins with a first time shot and when Kofi scored the 2nd after 53 mins, we were already counting the £ 3000 prize money. However, Westfield rallied, scoring a fortuitous goal and then were awarded a penalty. This was the turning point in the match as their No 11 blasted the ball against the bar and almost immediately Kofi doubled his tally and the match was won. The final goal with the last kick was a consolation for Westfield. Thanks to the officials at Westfield who made us very welcome. We will do our best to return the favour in the league game this Saturday.
  2. We need to get back to winning ways on Tuesday after a disappointing display on Saturday. Very surprising as well as we had been at the top of our game just 7 days before at Tooting. Our win there was much deserved after a mature and professional performance. It was difficult to believe that it was mostly the same players who were on the pitch against Bracknell. We just have to admit it was a bad day and move on to the next game.
  3. A very encouraging start to the season especially as there were only 4 players from last season's squad. We looked very strong in the first 20 and thought we would breeze past Hertford but they got stronger as the game went on and created a few chances in addition to their excellent goal after the break. I was impressed with our no-nonsense style of defending. These ex Villa players obviously have a healthy dislike for conceding goals. We looked promising going forward but Kofi's extra class when he came on the hour made the difference. With Kofi and James up front, I can see us doing well. It surely must be a first for everyone to praise the officials, the ref was calm, decisive, played the advantage and kept up with play as the did the linesmen. Maybe it helped that they were all young.
  4. Despite rumours to the contrary, the set- up at Moneyfields in Portsmouth is good, their people were friendly, the ground is well presented and the pitch was OK for the time of the year. The match was hard fought with goalmouth action at both ends, they had the better of the first half, taking the lead through a well struck shot and also hit the post before the break. We had the better of the first 20 minutes of the second half but couldn't score, hitting the woodwork twice and having one off the line. They then scored their second, an excellent header from a fine cross. We still created chances after that but are lacking a cutting edge in the final third at the moment. Be warned if we ever go there again, the parking is a nightmare, their ground is situated amongst densely populated residential streets. I parked a good ten-minute walk away but couldn't find my car in the maze of streets. Thanks to a Moneyfield steward who came to my rescue!
  5. 3 Spirit- bearing in mind Thame and Ashford will be in different leagues next season after the re-shuffle.
  6. Mitch was booked for dissent. At least the ref wasn't card happy. As he said after the match, if he had been assessed there would have been more yellow cards. It wasn't a dirty game and so there was no need for any bookings in my opinion. We should finish in a creditable position again but I won't miss this league, another very poor attendance on Saturday. The Isthmian will be a new challenge and attendances must be better than this league surely?
  7. I notice that one of our old players, Byron Harrison, has moved to Sutton United and scored in their home match against Woking. Byron was an outstanding talent when he was with us but made himself unpopular here when going on strike over a pay dispute. He is one of a number of our old players who became full-time pros, Craig Ross is plying his trade in goal for Barnet and Danny Bulman is finishing off a distinguished career at Crawley Town. Jermaine Mc Glashan is at Southend ( I think) and I know that Bones is still at Wealdstone but presumably part-time. I can't think of any others who are full-timers.
  8. In his preview of the Aylesbury match, I see that the hosts described their pitch as sticky but playable. An understatement, perhaps swampy and barely playable would be a better description. Players were unable to stay on their feet, the ball was sticking and at times the only sensible option was to boot the ball into touch to get the ball " out of the goo". Having said that all our players put in a good shift, played some decent football considering the conditions and will feel that we had enough chances to win the match. We were using the pace of Jack and Samad to exploit their ponderous defence but missed several golden chances. Against the run of play our old player, Brian Haule, scored again ( he always seems to score against us) but then Jack Beadle finished an excellent move to equalise. On the stroke of half-time their No 7 had a stroke of madness when he swung a punch at Max Webb and was rightly sent off. Against ten men we created lots of good opportunities until that man, Brian Haule, scored again to restore Aylesbury' s lead. By now the pitch was playing really badly and we did well to get back to parity before a final onslaught by us to try and find the winner. Sadly it was not to be- how we have not won since Marlow is amazing, generally, we have dominated matches and creates lots of good chances. Surely our luck must change soon?
  9. Nobody is enjoying this run of results. We need to come together as a club to support the management and players through this tricky patch. Our loyal supporters are highly valued at Ashford Town, as Jimmy Armfield said in his final interview, "without supporters there is no football club" but a little more encouragement during matches would be much appreciated.
  10. We were below our best against Beaconsfield on a bitterly cold afternoon. The writing was on the wall in the first 10 minutes when the visitors could have been 2 up in the first ten minutes. We didn't create much before half-time although Dan had a shot that seemed goalbound but for a last-ditch tackle. After the break, Beaconsfield took advantage of two mistakes to take a 2 nil lead. Although not at our best, in the second half, we did create two excellent chances that went begging but we can have no complaints about the result as on the day they were the better side. Everyone tried hard but we missed the drive of Max Webb in midfield. The games come thick and fast and so we can quickly put this disappointment behind us by winning the matches with Aylesbury United and Arlesey.
  11. Yes it was a brilliant performance by our team and the standard of the opposition in no way detracts from an exhibition of superb football. However "exhibition" is the operative word, Fleet were that bad that the match had the air of an exhibition match. I felt sorry for the Fleet supporters and officials because their players not only played poorly but displayed a lack of spirit and commitment. Having said that, they will probably go on to win on Saturday!
  12. Ashford were well worth the win with an excellent first half performance with a stunning strike from Mark Bitmead followed by a fluent move ending with Dan Fleming adding the second. It was a bit " backs to the wall" second half but with Russell and Samad marshalling the defence well we kept a rare clean sheet. There was also time for Bitz to miss a penalty and a Casuals player to " lose it" and earn himself a red card.
  13. A potential " banana skin" match against a team from a lower division. Wembley were a strange combination of over physical challenges but played some very attractive football, although with no final product. We were below par in the first half but much better after the break, two good finishes from James and , in the end, a comfortable win.
  14. The result was a little annoying as we were so much better than Arlesey, 3-2 is a very flattering scoreline for the opposition. This is a very impressive start to the season by the Ash Trees. The only slight negative is our tendency to run out of steam in the last 15, which was the case against both Cambridge and Arlesey. As last season this team has the potential to score 2 or 3 in every match, we just need to play for the full 90 to prevent the opposition back in the match.
  15. It was very disappointing for the match against South Park to be abandoned. It was just the sort of match that we needed in readiness for the season. Park are a good side and caused us problems at the back during the 40 minutes that was played. They could have increased their lead but we were just starting to play our way into the game when it was called off. I am sure that the match would not have been abandoned for a competitive match but you can understand the home team wishing to protect their pitch. All in all a frustrating afternoon.
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