Whether it is a lack of stamina or a failure of concentration, Ashford’s young Under-18 side lost again on Wednesday evening by two goals to three at home to Camberley Town, after twice being in the lead.

The writer has no information concerning the scorers for either team unfortunately but overall it was an excellent match well contested by two sides who both played some very good football at times.  Ashford went ahead early on, Camberley equalised soon afterwards leaving Ashford to re-take the lead immediately after half-time, only for Camberley to equalise again and then notch the winner near the end.

To anyone who wasn’t there, it will sound like a rant but Ashford were the victims of two incredibly poor refereeing decisions, one in each half and identical in nature.  On each occasion as Ashford broke forward with the goal seemingly at their mercy, the referee pulled play back, not once but twice, so that he could give a free kick to Ashford and caution the offender in each case.  They were not difficult advantages to play.

He said afterwards that he thought the fouls were serious enough to halt play immediately.  They weren’t and it was awful refereeing, although it should be said that he controlled the match well apart from these two incidents.  With all the money that goes into assessing schemes, mentoring, etc., one wonders if it is worth the effort when you see such serious errors of judgement, but it’s done now.

The Under-18’s have another home match next Wednesday when they will be at home to Bedfont Sports in the 1st Round of the Lucas-Fettes Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Would anyone like to write the summaries for the U18 matches, maybe even a player, even if it's no more than recording the names of the scorers and times of goals for web site reports?