A disappointing result on Saturday saw Ashford lose by the only goal of the game, scored on the hour mark by Westfield’s Matt Jackson.  The goal itself was disappointing as it came from a poorly struck corner kick, almost bobbling towards the near post, which really should have been cleared before Jackson flicked it home

This second consecutive defeat has put a dent in Ashford’s promotion ambitions but talk of giving up on the idea is totally premature, when there are still 42 points to be played for this season.  We had just gone 12 matches without defeat, winning most of them, and Saturday’s setback must be looked upon as a hiccup, nothing worse.  Neither will there be any criticism from this quarter of our excellent squad who have given Ashford supporters huge pleasure this season, even if they could not reach the heights of recent weeks on this occasion.

Every club in this League can beat their rivals on the day and that most certainly includes Westfield who, on Saturday, whilst not threatening too often, were well organised and hard to break down and all credit to them for scoring the vital goal and holding on to it for all three points.  Although we firmly lay the blame for the defeat at Knaphill at the referee’s door, the same could not be said of Saturday’s referee who did a good job.  We did have a penalty shout turned down near the end which looked clear to many of us but the officials saw it otherwise.  

Josh Andrew rattled the bar with a fierce effort whilst Mark Bitmead had an excellent chance at the death to rescue a point but he was unable to keep his effort down.

We now look forward to Saturday’s home clash against Cove FC and there will be more on that one later in the week.

Thanks to Westfield who swept out their changing room at the end of the match, a small gesture that always goes so far, when it happens.