On a day to forget for the Tangerines, Ashford lost to Molesey by the only goal of the match, scored on the stroke of half-time by ex-Ashford player Pietro Palladino on his debut for the Moles.

It was a niggly affair, with a referee who looked out of his depth at times but whilst possession overall was relatively even, Ashford found themselves unable to create barely a significant chance all afternoon. Dan Fleming hit one over the bar, whilst the returning Mark Bitmead, on from the bench, had a good opportunity late on but his control let him down.  The best chance was probably the one thwarted by the referee who decided to blow up for a free kick in Ashford’s favour some thirty yards behind play, when it did not look a difficult advantage to play.

Palladino had earlier hit a tremendous effort which rebounded from the woodwork and probably deserved his luck with the goal, when some felt that there had been a handball before, but the truth was that the visitors carved out more opportunities than Ashford and they deserved to win the match.  Russell Canderton was voted the “Ashford Man of the Match”.

We move on and look forward to the away trip at Camberley Town on Tuesday evening in the 3rd Round of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup (League Cup), kick-off 7.45 p.m.  Camberley play at Krooner Park, Wilton Road, Camberley, GU15 2QW.  One senses that Ben Murray will have his troops well fired up for this one.