Ashford have endured a little period when nothing seems to be going right and the sequence continued on Tuesday evening when, despite an even enough match, a defeat by three goals to one at home to Fleet Town saw the Tangerines eliminated from the Aldershot Senior Cup.

Injuries forced Ashford to field something of an experimental line-up and with neither Dan Fleming nor Mark Bitmead fit enough to start, the only recognised Tangerine striker on the pitch was Phil Osuhor.  Skipper Russell Canderton was also missing, having picked up a knock against Westfield whilst young Jake Taylor was given an opportunity in goal.  It was also pleasing to see Ryan Dearden start his first match since breaking his arm.

Against the Step 4 side, Ashford played some good stuff in the opening period and deservedly took the lead when Samad Kazi was upended by the visiting keeper for a penalty on 12 minutes.  It was comfortably despatched by Mitchal Gough.

Fleet though came into the match and Ashford seemed to sit back allowing the visitors to first equalise and then take the lead in a ten minute period before half-time.

It was still anyone’s game and the second half saw Ashford with plenty of possession but insufficient fire power despite Osuhor’s best efforts.  He was though desperately unlucky when a perfectly good goal was chalked off for offside.  The assistant in question, whilst not wishing to be personal, in a nutshell could not run and had attempted throughout to compensate by being ten yards or more in front of the play, as a result of which he was simply not in a position to properly judge offsides.  There were two or three other howlers and surely the Aldershot FA must have fitter officials for matches involving senior clubs.

The match gradually fizzled out and for the third home match in a row, Ashford conceded a very late goal, which made the defeat sound more emphatic than it actually was.

Ashford go to Badshot Lea on Saturday and a match preview will appear tomorrow.  Badshot Lea have already put theirs on their web site which makes interesting reading.