Horsham YMCA ResThe Suburban League team got the week off to a good start on Monday evening, beating a spirited Horsham YMCA team by four goals to one, to go clear at the top of Group C of the Suburban League Challenge Shield.  There are now two further matches to play in the group stages, away to Molesey on Saturday and away to South Park on Tuesday next week.

There was plenty of endeavour but no great excitement last night until the 25th minute when Chris Robinson, returning from suspension, cracked home a low effort from some 25 yards.  Within a minute Ashford were two goals to the good as another returning player, Mark Bitmead sent in a low cross, inexplicably turned into his own net by a defender.

Horsham tried hard to get back in the match and were rewarded nine minutes into the second period when a tackle by Nathan Cooper was adjudged to be both a foul and inside the area to allow Horsham the opportunity to halve the deficit, which they duly did, despite the best efforts of keeper Tyler Tobin who otherwise had a faultless night.

Referew Was was not endearing himself to the Ashford faithful (well Dan Butler and I plus assorted parents) when Ashford had a “goal” disallowed for offside but order was restored on 61 minutes when an excellent goal from Tommy Mooney once again gave Ashford a two goal margin.

Horsham did not really look as if they would get back into the match after that and Ashford’s superiority was emphasised on 76 minutes when the impressive Alexander Volpi scored his first goal for the Club.

Well done to Horsham by the way who turned up with around twenty supporters who outnumbered the home support. 

For Ashford, the sight of not only Mark Bitmead, Chris Robinson but also Perry Luckins making their return was a welcome sight.  Not all played the whole match but all came through unscathed and will surely soon be back in 1st Team contention.