Scott WeightAshford beat fellow Central Division side North Greenford United by one goal to nil on Tuesday night, to stake their place in the semi-final of the Middlesex Senior Cup, in which they have a home tie against Northwood FC on Tuesday 26 February.  This will replace the scheduled league encounter away to Barton Rovers which will have to be re-arranged.

Paul Burgess left top scorer Kofi Lockhart-Adams on the bench, allowing Mario Quiassaca to return to the starting line-up but whilst he played with his customary enthusiasm, he was often wasteful when opportunities came his way.

Probably the best moment of the match came in the first few seconds when Ashford won the ball straight from the kick-off, advanced down the right flank leaving Joe Bennett to hit a shot that looked for all the world as if it was going in, only for Lee Pearce in the visiting goal to manage the faintest of deflections which was good enough to see the ball hit the post and go out for a corner.  Lee, who played a few matches for Ashford in the past, enjoyed an excellent match and was primarily responsible for the margin of victory being so close, with Ashford enjoying much of the possession and seeing umpteen chances going begging.  Some sloppy finishing did not help either, it has to be said and Ashford were almost made to pay when not one but two NGU forwards somehow missed the ball late in the second half with the goal gaping.

The only goal though came on 78 minutes when Scott Weight hit a decent shot which took a deflection which gave Pearce absolutely no chance.  It was a fortunate goal but there was little doubt that Ashford deserved to win the match on the basis of both possession and chances over the whole game,

With Hayes & Yeading beating Uxbridge on the other side of the draw, they will face Staines Town who beat Harefield on penalties in the other semi-final, although apparently no extra time was played which the County Reps at our match seemed to think might cause a problem.  Not a matter for us to worry about though!

Ashford will be at home again on Saturday when Chalfont St. Peter are the visitors in a Central Division league match.