REMINDER:  On Tuesday evening, from 8.00 p.m. manager Ben Murray will be on hand to answer questions from supporters along with members of the 1st Team squad.   It will be a social evening with everyone welcome, especially members of the juniors.   Come and ask questions – don’t just use the forum or Facebook.   You can be sure that Ben will answer honestly as he sees it.

Ashford suffered an ignominious defeat on Saturday, losing 0-3 at Fleet Town.

The opening period of the match was even enough, but on 16 minutes Fleet were awarded a penalty kick when keeper Tyler Tobin was adjudged to have committed a foul.  The writer was too far away to take too definite a view on it although from the far end it looked as if Tobin had taken the ball.  The referee was probably right but it seems a fair bet at the moment that any decisions with any hint of controversy will go against Ashford.

Six minutes later though Fleet made it two and frankly, never looked back from that moment on, looking stronger and more determined than their visitors, even after they had a man sent off for a very poor tackle on Max Webb

There was no addition to the scoreline before half-time, but playing down the slope in the second half, Fleet made it three within six minutes of the resumption and it was definitely match over from that point as Fleet rarely looked like squandering their advantage.  Ashford’s best effort came from Dan Fleming, whose fierce effort was well saved but in truth the Tangerines never looked like pulling it back despite the man advantage.

That isn’t to say they didn’t play some neat football at times, especially when Tommy Brunton was in possession, but in the vital areas of defending they were found wanting too often whilst up front, the goal famine continued to the point where the result became inevitable long before the end.  All that said, nobody was playing that badly and both Tommy Brunton and Samad Kazi were outstanding at times whilst Will Boye showed up well when he came on, but the overall sparkle was missing for much of the match which was a shame after the previous week’s win.

There is no 1st Team midweek match so the squad and management have a full week on which to galvanise the squad and get back to that early season form which had showed hints of returning the previous Saturday.  The visitors this week will be AFC Dunstable, a strong side, who also enjoyed a resounding home win when they played Ashford earlier in the season.  It is time for a determined response from the Tangerines so let’s hope we get it.

Most of the Sunday junior sides were in action and here are the results:

Michael U7s 5-3 Wolves

Cass U8s 6-1 Whitton

Steve U8s 8-2 Halliford

Andy U9s 2-6 Staines

Matt U9s 3-2 Carshalton

Graham U11s 2-2 Esher

Joe U12s 1-11 Farncombe

John U13s 1-4 Claygate

Paul U13s 7-2 Chipstead

Craig U14s 5-3 Hampton Youth

Fin U14s 2-4 Ruislip (County Cup)

Martin U15s 2-3 Sandgate

Ben U16s 3-1 Ewell Saxons

Conor U16s 2-0 Woking

Fin’s Under-14’s lost their county cup semi-final against Ruislip but they fought back from 3 down at half time to bring it back to 3-2.  They were chasing the equaliser when Ruislip broke away with the killer goal, losing 4-2 on the day.   It was a praiseworthy achievement for the side to reach the county cup semi-final though and they will come back all the stronger for it.  Good luck to Ruislip in the Final.

The Ladies, as so often, won again, this time beating Greenhouse Sports by 8 goal to 1.  Here is a brief summary from manager Will Boye:

The Tangerines began the game in fine form and took the lead after the half hour mark when Charmaine Benham delivered in a cross for Sequoia Belworthy to head in at the back post.  That goal appeared to be exactly what Ashford needed as they began to turn on the style with Ashley Cheatley doubling the lead only a few minutes after with a well taken goal.  Cheatley scored again just before Greenhouse struck.

H/T: 3-1

Lavana Neufville was a constant threat to the opposition and delivered another pinpoint cross met by Cheatley to volley in her hatrick.  Lauren Restel managed to find Benham who had space to pick out a pass through the defensive unit to release Neufville who's shot was too hot for the goalkeeper to keep hold of.  Neufville found space in behind the oppositions defence once more and calmly finished, what was a replica of her previous.

Cheatley then scored another two goals before the full time whistle with her pick of the goals being a sublime chip over the on-rushing goalkeeper.

F/T: 8-1

LINEUP: L Restel, J Boyd, A Luzar, L Huse, N Jacobs, V James, C Benham, S Phillips-Hines, L Neufville, S Belworthy, A Cheatley

SUB: B Sheehan, L Richardson

The Sunday social side were without a match.