Ashford must have set some kind of record by losing four semi-finals in one season, Twice in the Middlesex Charity Cup (last season’s was played at the start of this season), the Middlesex Senior Cup and the League Cup.

This latest defeat at the hands of Hanworth Villa on Tuesday evening was an odd match, with Ashford giving lots of effort, especially in the second half but rarely looking as if they could pull the game round, once Hanworth scored their second goal after 54 minutes.

For what it’s worth, crucial refereeing decisions went against the visitors yet again, with what looked a very soft penalty for the Villans’ second goal, when keeper Tyler Tobin was adjudged to have fouled an opponent whilst at the other end Ashford were actually awarded a penalty themselves only for the referee to change his mind and give Villa a free kick for offside, again not one that anyone else seemed to pick up, other than the linesman.

Despite that Ashford had plenty of time to do something about the situation and whilst they had plenty of possession, the Villa defence were in determined mood to the point that Ashford seemed to run out of ideas and the writing was on the wall well before the end.  It should be mentioned that from Villa’s point of view their first goal was an excellent  one, as Kameron English waltzed past four Ashford players before giving Tobin no chance with his finish. They also hit the woodwork with another fierce strike that rebounded to safety.

For Ashford, Josh Andrew was the stand-out player.  His pace and determination throughout the match was superb, but to no avail.  Maybe Ashford’s players had their eyes on the far more important match at Redhill on Thursday.  With Camberley demolishing Raynes Park Vale 7-1 on Tuesday, the advantage lays with them but there’s not too much in it and three points on Thursday would see us level on points once again. 

It will not be an easy game at Redhill though.  They clearly have a much changed side and have racked up some impressive victories recently.  It looks too late though to save them from relegation and if they draw or lose on Thursday, that relegation is confirmed.  The address of the ground is Kiln Brow, Three Arch Road, Redhill, RH1 5AE and there is plenty of parking.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m. and it will be Ashford’s first visit since 1992!