Ashford Town 1- 4 Beaconsfield Sycob

Written By Mark Tobin

A frantic and very Direct start from Beaconsfield had Ashford under pressure from the start and it was not long before the pressure paid off for the visitors. Again poor defensive errors lead to an early goal again. A response was required but unfortunately Ashford heads were down and as a result the second goal was conceded, again very poor defensive errors which to be fair should not be happening with the level of experience we have available, there are several factors and one being when we have the ball higher up the pitch we are not looking after it as well as we should which will add unwanted pressure to the defence as you need to be of exceptional quality to defend and focus solidly for 90 minutes.

We do have the quality within the Squad to achieve this and at present it is felt that there is a confidence issue which needs to be addressed and sooner rather than later. On 31 minutes we found ourselves at 3-0 after a very direct ball again troubled us.  Ashford keeper Tyler Tobin was called upon to clear the ball, unusually he did not connect in his usual confident manner that we are accustomed to and it landed at the feet of the Beaconsfield striker who to be fair finished with a great strike.

Half time came and went and Paul Burgess made some very positive changes with also a change in formation, was a repeat of Egham on the cards? For a moment we are all thinking yes especially on 60 minutes when a perfect through ball to Joe Hughes was finished with the quality the initial move deserved. Game on and Beaconsfield where there for the taking, Ashford applied the pressure with a handful of chances within a ten minute period, the visitors stood firm and defended very well, at times they had 10 players behind the ball. Ashford had a spell where we got shot after shot off and any other day may well have seen a few deflect into goal, it wasn’t to be. Ashford then found themselves trying from long range efforts from Perry Luckins, Joe Lynch, Jim Mann, Jamie Connor & Cyril Ocansey.

Tonight's Man of The Match has to be Joe Lynch.

A sour note to end with. There are too many critical people within the ground at present who need to realise we can all hear you, nobody will have a problem if it is constructive!!!  We have to be strong for the boys even on the dull nights.