Ashford gave yet another reasonable performance on Saturday away to Bedford Town but just can’t seem to break the current losing sequence that now extends to six matches as they lost to the only goal of the game, scored by Bedford’s Ollie Swain in the 71st minute of the match.  The goal came from a simple corner kick that, for once, Ashford failed to properly defend.

In truth, chances throughout the match had been at a minimum and as the game progressed, it was hard to see either side breaking the deadlock.  Ashford’s best opportunity was probably in the first period when a fierce effort from James Cottee was beaten out somehow by the Bedford keeper Kyle Forster to Romario Jonas who sent it flying back towards goal only for the stopper to make another excellent save.  Indeed such was his performance, especially his handling, that he was voted the Bedford man of the match.

Tyler Tobin was equally proficient at the other end and play went from end to end all afternoon.  Despite the wealth of talent in the squad, no-one has taken on Mark Bitmead’s mantle as out and out scorer and it was much the same today as all Ashford’s attempts were thwarted but every player could walk off the field knowing they had given their all  but it just didn’t happen.  Right at the death Forster finally missed one but the cross was a little high for Cottee who still got to it but his effort just cleared the bar.

If Ashford were playing poorly, this sequence of defeats would perhaps be easier to accept in a funny sort of way but, there were positives:  skipper Russ Canderton was back and lasted the full 90 minutes whilst newcomer Tom Howard looks a good acquisition, especially as he has not played for several months. 

We move on and the next match is at home to Hanworth Villa on Tuesday evening in the 2nd Round of the Middlesex Charity Cup, the competition we won last season.  Villa are never an easy proposition although they didn’t so well on Saturday, losing 1-4 at Guildford City.  Their manager is Rufus Brevett who is remembered as an excellent pro.  The match has to be decided on the night and the winners will be at home in the next round to either Rayners Lane or Harrow Borough.

Prior to that the Under-18’s this evening (Monday) are at home to Bedfont Sports and with a host of new signings, there is hope that we may do a little better tonight after what has been an indifferent season for the Under-18’s so far.  Kick-off is 7.45.