Ashford made it into the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday evening for the first time since the 2008-2009 season, when they went on to win it.  The final scoreline showed a 3-1 victory in favour of the Tangerines but due credit must be given to a hard working and efficient Westfield side who totally belied their 17th position in the League table.

The visitors were on top for much of the first half and a close range goal from John Mepham had given them a deserved lead.  Some excellent defensive work by Mitchal Gough and one or two smart saves from keeper Tobin prevented the visitors from going further ahead and it is a fair bet that the home dressing room walls came close to melting at half-time.

If they did, it seemed to do the trick with Ashford far more prominent at the start of the second period.  Westfield though defended competently and the game became even again some 20 minutes in.  Both teams produced some excellent football at times with Tobin preventing a certain goal on one occasion.  Ashford’s usual cutting edge was being nullified and with just five minutes left on the clock, supporters were more or less convinced that, after beating both Woking and Leatherhead in earlier rounds, Ashford were on their way out.

Then it all happened:  in the 85th minute it was Samad Kazi, Ashford “man of the match” who scored from close range to level up the tie and just a minute later Dan Fleming hit an unstoppable effort to put Ashford ahead.  Westfield had no time to recover and in the 5th minute of stoppage time it was the lively Kazi who ensured Ashford’s passage and also became the fourth player this season to go into double figures in terms of goal scoring for this season.

The other club definitely through to the semi-final is Metropolitan Police, whilst Colliers Wood meet Merstham this evening.  The final place will be between Molesey and Badshot Lea, who rather hammered Corinthian-Casuals in a delayed 3rd Round tie last night by four goals to one.  It is not known yet when the draw will take place.

The Under-18’s are also in action this week being due to travel to Wheatsheaf Lane on Thursday evening, to play Staines in a Ryman Youth League match, after the game had been postponed on Monday evening.

The 1st Team now turn their attention back to the League and will travel to Cobham FC on Saturday to play Mole Valley SCR, kick off 3.00 p.m.   Mole Valley found themselves on the end of a disastrous result last night, losing 0-6 to neighbours Bedfont Sports but more on Saturday’s match later in the week.

Ashford are to re-launch their weekly Meat Draw, which will be drawn each week in the Clubhouse on Sundays around 3.00 p.m.  The first draw will be on Sunday 1 March and tickets will be available very shortly