Local derbies are always tough, especially when playing away, so Ashford were pleased enough to take all three points at Bedfont Sports on Saturday, courtesy of a solitary goal from Max Webb.

It came on the half-hour mark and was an unstoppable header, from an Alex Fisher corner.  It has been captured perfectly in this week’s Non-League Paper.

It is fair to say that the visitors dominated the possession for much of the first half, despite an injury suffered by Lewis Taylor, who collapsed with nobody near him and had to be taken to hospital.  Needless to say we all send our best wishes to Lewis and hope to see him back soon.  Fortunately Ashford had skipper Russell Canderton on the bench and he formed an immediate strong partnership with George Marks at the back.  Despite the possession, Ashford were unable to increase the lead and with the ever stiffer breeze behind them in the second half, Bedfont manager Mick Snowden visibly changed his side’s tactics with them seemingly instructed to play long at every opportunity.

It did result in a few opportunities for the home side but they did not have their shooting boots on, with ex-Ashford Jamie Read arguably guilty of the worst miss.  Although the match was now far more even, Ashford also forged opportunities, the best being a snap shot near the end from Webb, which hit the bar with some ferocity.  If that had gone in, it would have eased any Ashford nerves over the last ten minutes or so but as it was, the Tangerines generally defended well and held out reasonably comfortably.

The match was refereed by a Spanish referee and there were one or two incidents that were a little unusual.  The most bizarre was when there was a head injury following a collision between two players.  The ref seemed to call on the physios but then proceeded to caution Pat Munns for coming onto the field without permission, much to our worthy physio’s annoyance.

On to other matters and it’s another cup match on Tuesday evening when we have another short trip, this time to Hanworth Villa, in the 1st Round of the Middlesex Senior Cup.  Dark suspicions have already been voiced, not by us we hasten to say, that the eight Step 5 clubs drawn to play in the 1st Round are all playing each other and then the four winners will play each other in two matches in the 2nd Round.  We have been assured that it is simply pot luck and we have no reason not to believe that but would it not be a good idea for all Counties to follow the Surrey way of conducting their Senior Cup draw publicly on local radio, or at least inviting an observer or two for the Senior Cup, which would then quash all such suspicions.  The match tomorrow evening kicks off at 7.30 p.m. and in case anyone isn’t aware, the address of the ground is Rectory Meadows, Park Road, Hanworth, TW13 6PN.  The winners will be at home to either Harefield United or AFC Hayes.  In the meantime Staines have the plum draw at home to Barnet who are in the competition, if not for the first time, then certainly not for a long time.

It was another good weekend for the Ladies who won 5-2 yesterday at Colne Valley Reserves in the 1st Round of the Capital Ladies Junior Cup and will now play at home to Brook House Ladies in the 2nd Round on Sunday 15 November. 

There were some mixed results for the various junior sides but Ben Murray’s Under-15’s enjoyed an excellent 4-2 win over Celtic FC in the County Cup, whilst Conor Moody’s Under 15’s beat Esher FC in a league match 11-2.  All the results will be put on the web site in due course.

The Sunday side did not do so well, losing 0-8 at home to Hanworth Sports, who have a 100% record so far.

BA though won 2-1 at home against Deportivo Galicia, a win that takes them to 5th in the table.  They have an interesting match tomorrow evening away to Westfield from the CCL, in the S. Comb. Cup.

Finally, adverting to the 1st Team, Samad Kazi made his 100th competitive start in the 1st Team at Bedfont on Saturday, a milestone also recently passed by Tyler Tobin.  Tom Brunton has also made more than 100 appearances including sub appearances whilst Jack Beadle needs four more to complete his 100th appearance for the club.