Ashford were close to their best on Tuesday evening when they took on and beat Ryman Premier Division club Enfield Town in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, winning by two goals to nil.  Enfield fielded a comparatively young side which nevertheless was both competitive and pacey, and it made for an enjoyable encounter.  Ashford also made some rotation changes.

The visitors started at a frantic pace and Ashford were grateful to Tyler Tobin who had to be on his toes almost at once.  It did not take the Tangerines too long though to get into the game and they scored with just about their first attack with less than three minutes on the clock.  Dan Fleming robbed a defender on the edge of the penalty area and crossed it for an unmarked Mark Bitmead to control and score with aplomb.

It was impressive stuff and there was more to follow on 22 minutes when Perry Luckins made no mistake to double the lead, with Fleming once again the provider.  In truth it could have been more as Ashford played some good stuff all round but the tables were turned to an extent in the second half as Enfield visibly improved, threatening on several occasions.  With Tobin in top form though, ably supported by the back four, in which Samad Kazi impressed, as always, they were unable to retrieve the situation and as the half progressed, the play became ever more even.

Bradley Wainwright was desperately unlucky when he unleashed a powerful effort from some 30 yards after a clever dummy by Bitmead, only to see his effort ruled out for what must have been a tight offside decision.  Overall though referee Paul Andrews and his assistants were excellent, with neither side incurring so much as a caution.  Ashford supporters voted Bailey Mummery as the “Ashford Man of the Match” and few could argue with that given Bailey’s incredible energy throughout but Tyler Tobin, who was at his absolute best, along with others, certainly ran him close.

Ashford will now make the short journey to our friends and rivals Hanworth Villa in the semi-final on Tuesday 19 April, with the winners taking on either Cockfosters or Rayners Lane in the Final on Monday 2 May, at Northwood FC.

In the meantime Ashford look forward to the visit of Guildford City on Saturday of which there will be more in due course.

The Under-18’s are also in action this week, albeit with a very tough encounter this evening (Wednesday) when they entertain Hayes & Yeading U18.


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