After the match, it was just about everyone’s view that they would not have seen this result coming at half-time.  Just before the break Ashford had got their noses in front for the second time but Kidlington were certainly very much in the game at that stage and had they not missed a penalty early in the second period, which would have given them a second equaliser, the outcome might have been different.  That miss though seemed to click Ashford into gear and for the remainder of the game, whilst not a classic, loyal supporters were treated to some excellent football from the Tangerines as their visitors visibly wilted.

Ashford were still without Russell Canderton and Samad Kazi but Bailey Mummery was back and he started on the bench.  Manager Murray did a spot of tinkering with both Tommy Brunton and Jack Beadle starting the match, which was relatively even for the first half an hour.  On 26 minutes though, Ashford drew first blood when a free kick wide on the left, taken by Mark Bitmead, eluded everyone and nestled gently in the back of the net.

It took the visitors just three minutes to equalise when a misplaced header from Dan Fleming seemed to catch everyone out, even though it was nearer the half-way line than Ashford’s penalty area and Kidlington’s Lewis Cole took full advantage to bring his side level.

Both Will Boye and Alex Fisher found themselves in the book for fouls but on the stroke of half-time, Fleming did what he does best and, finding himself in the clear, hit a low effort that hit one post and ended up in the back of the net at the other post, to put Ashford ahead again.

It is always good to score just before half-time and the anticipation was that Ashford would resume very much on the front foot but it wasn’t like that as Kidlington enjoyed most of the early pressure at the start.  Fisher slightly mis-timed a tackle inside the area but as stated, the visitors failed to make the most of their opportunity, a poor effort allowing Cav Keadell to make a good save and keep Ashford ahead.

The match changed from that point and the Tangerines went 3-1 up when a mazy run from Kam English took him close in and his cross led to an unfortunate defender turning the ball into his own net.

Kidlington’s cause was not helped when Coyle received a straight red for what looked an elbow on Tommy Brunton, although the player maintained his innocence afterwards.

It was all Ashford now and five minutes later it was 4-1.  Superb approach work between Bitmead and English led to the latter getting himself on the score sheet.  Max Herbert on for Fleming in the closing stages then finished the scoring off as he pounced on a poor clearance following a corner and drilled the ball home to ensure an emphatic three points for the Tangerines, now up to 8th place in the table.

Again, there is no midweek match so the next outing is on Saturday when Ashford travel to Bedford Town for only their second ever visit, whilst the following Saturday, another trip to Bedfordshire awaits when we go to Arlesey Town.  There will be a summary regarding the ladies and the Junior teams in the next report.