Ten man Ashford sustained a narrow defeat at Farnborough on Monday, losing by 2 goals to 1.

Unlike the match at Royston recently when Ashford could just not get themselves going in the first half, this game was entirely different as the Tangerines looked every bit as decent as their top of the table opponents.  Sadly though referee Desborough took a hand in the proceedings quite early on, an unusual incident resulting in central defender Will Boye being sent off for something he didn’t do.

There was a mix-up between Boye and keeper Tyler Tobin which looked initially as if would result in ex-Camberley player Perry Coles putting the ball into an empty net.  As Tobin came rushing out though, there was a collision between him and Coles, who had slipped, on the edge of the area but Boye had absolutely nothing to do with it.  He made no contact with either player and Ashford have appealed against the referee’s decision to the FA.  The collision was as a result of Coles slipping and there is irrefutable evidence.

The reduction to ten men did not initially trouble Ashford.  The whole side were fired up with the injustice of what had occurred and for quite some time they took the game to Farnborough and took the lead when Mark Bitmead found Kam English who strode forward and hit a rocket past Aaron Bufton in the Farnborough goal.

The Tangerines remained comfortable at half-time and could have doubled their advantage immediately after the resumption, when Bitmead beat the advancing Bufton and lobbed him only to see the ball go tantalisingly wide of the goal.

However, it was inevitable that a talented side like Farnborough would make their advantage tell and so it proved with an equaliser soon afterwards when in a messy goalmouth scramble Dan Fleming ended up putting the ball into his own net.  For the remainder of the match, it was a case of repelling boarders as Farnborough pushed hard for a second goal and it arrived on 72 minutes when Nic Ciardini headed home.

Farnborough were able to relax and Ashford pushed forward in a desperate attempt to equalise but it was not to be.  At the conclusion, it was another “magnificent” defeat but a loss nonetheless and Ashford really do need to turn their generally decent football into points.   The effort from the squad though in this match was superb and cannot be faulted and Ashford will hope to take this into the home match on Saturday against Bedford Town.

In the meantime, Ashford U18’s entertain Camberley Town U18 this evening (Wednesday) in the Ryman Youth League, kick-off 7.45 p.m. whilst at the same time the big Premiership match between Tottenham and Chelsea will be on in the clubhouse.