Ashford made progress in the Middlesex Senior Cup on Tuesday evening, winning at Wembley FC by three goals to one.

A tortuous journey that caused several Ashford supporters to be late did not seem to have much bearing upon the team as they attacked from the start and, on a pristine surface, opened the scoring within 5 minutes through Jabir Laraba whose deft effort gave the keeper no chance.  The goal owed much to the determination of Max Webb, as he powered through two tackles to set up the opportunity .

Ashford remained well on top but with the woodwork twice thwarting their efforts it was a surprise that it took until 35 minutes for the second goal to arrive.  Once again excellent work by the powerful Webb  put Jack Beadle in this time and Ashford’s on-form player made no mistake.

Wembley though had been showing signs of getting into the game and with both sides playing the ball around well, it was an excellent match to watch as play became more even.  If anything it was over elaboration by Wembley that let them down but it was certainly clear that they are not third in their league for nothing and the Tangerines did not have it all their own way.

The home side renewed their efforts in the second period but Ashford rarely allowed them to get too close and it was effectively game over when Beadle made it three just after the hour mark, finishing off a flowing movement that even drew appreciation from the Wembley bench.

All credit goes to the home side who continued to play their football and were rewarded with a goal of their own on 77 minutes and then fluffed a golden opportunity for a second soon afterwards.  That was their last throw of the dice though as Ashford ended the game on a high note as Nathan Pooley saw his effort hit both posts before rebounding to safety.  The vote afterwards for Ashford "Man of the Match" went to Jack Beadle.  It was richly deserved but Max Webb and others were not too far behind.

Overall it had been a match with lots of good football from both sides and was well refereed, with no cards needing to be shown.

Ashford are now due to play away to Barnet in the 2nd Round.  It would be unlikely that they would field too many 1st Team players if any but more news on that one in due course.

In the meantime, the Under-18’s showed that they are gradually finding their feet but they lost 2-3 after extra time to Bedfont Sports in the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup on Monday.  We wish them well in the next round.

Next up for the 1st Team is a trip to Thame United on Saturday in the League.  There will be more on that one on Friday.