- Created on Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:41
- Written by Drinkwater
Ashford will hope to make the most of the improved confidence that has come from the last two matches as they entertain Leighton Town on Saturday. Opponents Leighton, like ourselves, have endured something of a miserable season and will arrive at Short Lane with just one win from their last 16 league matches, a 3-2 triumph at North Greenford.
Ashford’s display at Leighton earlier in the season will rank as one of the club’s poorest ever efforts and that is another reason for needing another decent display this afternoon. North Greenford, just outside the relegation places are at home to Daventry today and fair play to them if they get anything from the encounter but if Ashford could manage a win today, it may well put us just six points behind our Middlesex neighbours and give us something to play for over the remaining matches. Relegation is by no means a certainty yet, certainly not after the way the team has performed over the last two matches.
- Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 07:59
- Written by Drinkwater
Ashford’s mini revival continued on Tuesday evening with a nil-nil draw at home to Aylesbury. Whilst in the normal scheme of things that might not be a result that would generate excitement of any kind, it becomes almost massive when you have come off the back of 20 odd defeats in a row.
Ashford made two enforced changes from the side that drew at Royston on Saturday with both Jim Mann and James Awosifan missing. Russ Canderton returned to the side whilst Rhys Price (apologies for wrong name on original post), following his debut from the bench on Saturday, started the match. Dan Hughes was also back, again on the bench.
With Aylesbury equally competitive, especially ex-Ashford player Adam Logie who could well have seen red for some nasty first half challenges, the match was fast and furious. As the scoreline indicates though, chances at either end were comparatively rare with both sides cancelling each other out overall, but from Ashford’s point of view, it was heartening to see the spirit with which the side played, and it certainly looks as if the tide may generally be turning a bit.
Once again it would be wrong to single too many players out but Price and Conor Moody ran their socks off and Conor in particular is suddenly looking a different player. Everyone stuck to their task though and as a whole will be looking forward to the visit of Leighton Town on Saturday, especially as the performance at their ground earlier in the season bordered on the shameful. Win or lose, that is unlikely to be the case on Saturday. Finally, a big thank you to our supporters who are few in numbers but they were nearly all there last night and their support for the side was immense throughout.
Don’t forget that on Thursday evening, the Suburban side will be at home to Walton & Hersham Reserves in a league match, kick-off 7.45 p.m.
- Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:32
- Written by Ben Murray
We are prepared and we have the passion to take this game tonight.
Before the Royston game, I spoke to my squad with complete honesty and asked them to prove to me that they have belief. That belief that they can work as a unit to get a result. We took the game to Royston and they didn’t like it, we have had enough of teams turning up and thinking that we will just lie down and give them the result without a fight. It is not the way that my teams work and it is not the way that Ashford Town (Middlesex) works.
We dominated proceedings in the second half and scored two deserved goals to get in front. That’s right, we scored goals and took it to a team very much capable of getting promoted. It’s about time we got ourselves moving up the points tally, the expression of relief was clear to the squad. A gritty away point that we took back on the mini-bus was fully earned. An important point.
Every time we end a game, we analyse it, we look at what we need to work on and these players have a great, positive attitude to that. We are hungry to win and strengthen our challenge to the teams above us in the league. The passion and the confidence are there, the quality is there and we believe the results will come, too.
Saturday saw me give game time to promising 17-year old Alex Fisher, who has performed well in reserve squad games and in my training sessions. Another two of the Under 18s were signed on forms this past week with goalkeeper Jake Taylor and defensive midfielder Joe McBride joining the 1st team squad setup. It may not be the ideal scenario to bring these youngsters into, but if you are good enough, then for me, you’re old enough.
The only long-term injury concern in the squad is Scott Elgar who came off last Tuesday night, he has aggravated a previous hip injury, which needs minor surgery and thus meaning he will be out of action for the rest of the month at least. Greg Ngeno also injured his ankle in that game and we are hopeful he will be fit for Saturday's game vs Leighton.
We have a run of home games now, in which it is important to gain some points to cut down the gap, I ask that we make the atmosphere as positive as possible to help us through these games!