In the first meeting between the clubs for eleven years, Ashford lost 0-3 at Thame United on Saturday.

Following some superb performances recently, Ashford were just not at the races in a match played in horrendously windy conditions which the home side mastered far better than the Tangerines.  It did not look as if it would be that way at the start of the game as Ashford, playing into the teeth of the wind, defended well, with Tyler Tobin largely untroubled.

On 17 minutes though as skipper Russ Canderton went to defend yet another high ball into the box, he misjudged the flight leaving Thame’s Adam Morris an almost open goal, and the striker made no mistake.

More damage was done just four minutes later when once again a home player got free only for Samad Kazi’s desperate tackle to bring him down.  Referee Danaher was quick to award the penalty and issue a yellow card to Kazi, before the taker Lynton Goss just managed to avoid Tobin’s dive.

At this stage, there was still plenty of optimism within the visiting ranks that Ashford might well be able to pull it back in the second period when they would have the advantage of the elements but it became harder on 38 minutes when Ashford were again caught defending too high and Dan West found himself in the clear and gave Tobin no chance.

On such an unusual day weather wise, there was still a certain expectation within the tangerine ranks, even at three nil down, that goals would come but thanks to competent defending by Thame, there were very few clear chances for the visitors.  Max Webb and Tommy Brunton managed a decent effort each but both were at the keeper.  There was also a crucial decision against Ashford early on in the second period when Dan Fleming was quite clearly shoved in the box but Mr. Danagher waved play on, which did not endear him to the away supporters as it certainly looked fairly blatant.  It was frustrating that the home keeper wasted so much time during the second period (and was allowed to do so) but in all honesty it was one of those days when we just never looked like pulling it round.  Thus Thame fully deserved the spoils, taking their chances in the first half and defending capably in the second.

There were some surprise results in the League on Saturday with Hartley Wintney and AFC Rushden & Diamonds both losing and not too much ground has been lost.  Ashford must put it behind them as we move on to Tuesday evening when Fleet Town are the visitors to Short Lane for a 7.45 pm kick-off. 

In the meantime there plenty of junior games on Sunday and the Ladies entertain Hampton & Richmond Borough, on Wednesday, kicking off as usual at 2.00 p.m.

The Under-18’s are at home to Hampton & Richmond on Wednesday evening, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
07:45PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)