It has become a regular problem this season and on Saturday it happened again as Ashford, playing well, took the lead against Cambridge City only to concede two in a minute and lose the match 1-2.

Ashford’s gamble of allowing free entry for all was justified by an attendance of 193 and the burger bar running out in the end.  We would also like to thank the plenty of Cambridge supporters who made the journey and did their bit by buying Ashford Christmas draw tickets in lieu of paying to get in.  There will be a full results list on the website shortly.

There was team news before the match, with both Will Boye and Yah-Ya El Kabouche having left the club in a playing sense, although Will will still be running the Ladies’ side.  Will is looking for regular 1st team football and is likely to join one of the top CCL sides while Yah-Ya has joined Uxbridge, after joining us at the start of the season.  We thank both of them for their services to the club.

Coming in the opposite direction and returning to the club is Mitchal Gough who has signed on dual registration with Kingstonian.  Missing regulars Romario Jonas, Max Webb and Dan Fleming all returned to the starting line up after being missing in midweek.

In the first half Ashford did well enough against their promotion seeking opponents but neither side was able to break the deadlock and there were no goals.  Fifteen minutes into the second period though Ashford took the lead.  A corner was swung in by Jack Beadle and in attempting to clear, a visiting defender could only nod it across goal where Alex Fisher was stationed at the far post and he reacted well to nod home from close range.

It had been a tight game and more than one person had opined at half-time that whoever scored first would win the match.  Unfortunately it was wishful thinking as far as Ashford were concerned and on the hour mark Cambridge equalised through Ross Pattinson.  It was a decent effort as the defence seemed to have gone missing.  Before Ashford could settle down, the visitors then turned the game on its head as only Tyler Tobin reacted to a lofted ball but James Hall was first on to it with a well finished effort.

It was a familiar situation with Ashford now chasing the match and although the likes of Gough, James Cottee and others all went close, the writing seemed on the wall.  As always, there were plenty of honourable (and some not so honourable) misses but in the end Cambridge defended their lead and avenged their defeat against Ashford in the opening match of the season and by the same scoreline of 2-1

Forthcoming Events

26 Mar 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Northwood (H)
31 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Uxbridge (H)
02 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (a)
04 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Wealdstone (a)
07 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Chalfont St Peter (H)
11 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Hendon (a)
14 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Marlow (a)
15 Apr 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Bedfont Sunday Vets
16 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Staines Town (H)
21 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (H)
22 Apr 2018
10:30AM - 05:00PM
Middlesex FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
28 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
07:30PM -
Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament