Ashford beat Frimley Green by three goals to one on Saturday in what became a fairly routine victory, despite the fact that Frimley took the lead in the 4th minute.  A long run by full back Sam Boultwood went unchecked and although Russell Canderton did well to prevent the ball going into the net he could only divert it back across goal for Boultwood to finish.

It was frustrating as the goal came immediately after a strong run from Samad Kazi who set up Dan Fleming whose goal bound effort beat the keeper but rebounded off the line from a defender who knew little about it

At that point Frimley did not look like a team possibly set for relegation.  Their main tactic seemed to be the long ball and with the strong breeze behind them, Ashford endured some uncomfortable moments.  Referee Donaldson seemed to allow a number of questionable tackles go unpunished and Ashford were rattled for a while.

Unlike last week’s match though, one always sensed that Ashford would come good in this one and the equaliser was not too long in coming, courtesy of Fleming, who has now hit 30 goals this season in all competitive matches for the Club.  One has to go back to season 2000-2001 for when that feat was last achieved, by Tony Nolan.

There were no further goals before half-time but Ashford were looking ever more dangerous with the elements now in their favour and it was not long into the second period before they took the lead through an excellent looping header from Jack Beadle,  following a deep cross from Alex Fisher.

Frimley looked a beaten side from that moment and a third goal came from the spot courtesy of Mark Bitmead, who is not too far short of 30 goals himself for the season.  Frimley did not help themselves when Boultwood was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Kazi, which saw the Ashford player having to leave the field to be replaced by Ryan Dearden.  Quite frankly one or two other visiting players were quite fortunate not to suffer the same fate.

There were no further goals but it was a comfortable enough victory and Ashford now have a week off before they entertain Knaphill next Saturday, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

In the meantime, there are two matches at Short Lane this week.  On Monday evening, Ashford’s new ladies’ side for next season will play a curtain raiser against FK Viking Ladies, whose men’s side play in the Norwegian Premier Division.  Entry is entirely free and kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

On Wednesday evening the Under-18’s will be at home to Staines Town U18 in the Ryman Youth League and will hope to emulate their 2-1 victory at Wheatsheaf Lane a month or so ago.

Forthcoming Events

26 Mar 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Northwood (H)
31 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Uxbridge (H)
02 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (a)
04 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Wealdstone (a)
07 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Chalfont St Peter (H)
11 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Hendon (a)
14 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Marlow (a)
15 Apr 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Bedfont Sunday Vets
16 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Staines Town (H)
21 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (H)
22 Apr 2018
10:30AM - 05:00PM
Middlesex FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
28 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
07:30PM -
Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament