Ashford are finished with the FA Trophy for this season after losing their 2nd Qualifying Round replay away to Kingstonian on Monday evening by two goals to nil.

There was yet more injury news for the Tangerines before the match, with skipper Russell Canderton now out with a back strain and Scott Weight reporting back from holiday with a neck injury sustained in a car accident.  As a result, Ashford fielded a very young side again but well done to every one of them in the way they played against their higher ranked opponents over two matches.

Last night’s match opened with a flurry of attacks by the home side but play overall was relatively even.  Just as it looked as if both teams would turn around goalless, Kingstonian struck just before half-time when a left wing cross was powerfully headed home by Reece Grant.

Ashford were always in the match but it was often a rearguard action made even more difficult just after the hour mark, when Samad Kazi was adjudged to have fouled his opponent in the area, one of many decisions that went against the Tangerines on the night.  Tyler Tobin made a great save from the kick but unfortunately for Ashford, the rebound went straight to the taker, Tom Derry, who managed to squeeze it in,  Even then there was a hint of good fortune as Tobin got to the ball but his momentum carried it into the net.

Kingstonian managed to come back from two down on Saturday and Ashford were looking to do the same and were thrown a possible lifeline when Mitchal Gough was sent off for a two footed challenge.  The resulting free kick just cleared the bar.

K’s though immediately substituted a forward for a defender clearly with the intent of maintaining their two goal cushion and to be fair they did it well, restricting Ashford to mainly long distance efforts, even though not always that well handled by the home keeper.  Jabir Laraba had run himself into the ground and gave way to 16-year old Leo Decabo.  K’s though were professional in how they handled the whole situation and when Jack Beadle was wrongly flagged offside right at the death when clear through, Ashford knew the game was up.

Ashford supporters voted Alex Fisher as their Hitchcock and King "Ashford Man of the Match" closely followed by Tyler Tobin

It could be argued that Ashford lost this tie when they surrendered the two goal lead on Saturday but it’s gone now and we wish Kingstonian good luck in the next round at home to Heybridge Swifts.  We have certainly had good runs in both the FA Cup and Trophy this season.   Our squad is decimated at present through injury to an extent we have rarely suffered before but we now have to concentrate upon league affairs starting on Saturday, when hopefully one or two will be back when we visit Chalfont St. Peter.  More on that one later in the week.

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