Hanworth VillaAshford exited the Middlesex Charity Cup at the first hurdle on Tuesday evening, eventually losing by three goals to one, to Hanworth Villa. 

Ashford did not seem to approach the match with quite the same intensity as in league matches but the same could not be said of their committed and physical opponents who had the better chances to score in the opening period of the match.  There was no score at half-time but it was Ashford, playing better than in the opening period, who took the lead when Kofi Lockhart-Adams crashed home a loose ball after a determined run and effort from Joe Bennett which had rebounded from the woodwork.

One goal never looked likely to be enough and Hanworth turned the match round with two quick goals, leaving Ashford with it all to do.  Kofi missed an almost unmissable opportunity whilst the visitors thought they should have had a penalty when Samad Kazi was bundled over.  The official, whose leniency at times was questionable, waved away the appeals though.

With the game coming to a conclusion and Ashford pushing ever more men forward, Hanworth made the game safe in stoppage time with a third goal and on the basis of chances created, they fully deserved their victory.  Sadly from Ashford’s point of view, the match was marred by what looked a bad injury for Jim Mann, recently restored to the team but who now looks to be out for some time.

There was better news for the Suburban side on Wednesday evening when they beat Harefield United Res by two goals to nil in a “top of the table” clash.  The three points ensured that Ashford remain in the leading pack for promotion, which is important as whilst the football probably won’t be very different, a move to the Premier B Division should mean far less travel.

Not to be outdone, the Under-18’s also won on Monday evening, beating Hampton & Richmond by four goals to two.  The victory has pushed Ashford up to fourth in the table, just two points off the leaders, Hayes & Yeading.