Kofi Lockhart-AdamsIn losing at home to Guildford City by three goals to one on Saturday, one has to conclude that from Ashford's point of view it was both a disappointing result and a disappointing performance.

Paul Burgess kept the same starting eleven who had triumphed against Northwood in the Senior Cup but Chris Robinson came in on the bench in place of Mario Quiassaca who has apparently left the club in favour of joining Walton Casuals, despite scoring one of the penalties against Northwood.   It is doubtful he will play again for Ashford.

Ashford started well enough but the goal scoring touch seems to have largely deserted the team at the moment.  Perry Luckins, who later went off injured missed an absolute sitter, as did Bairoh Conteh.  There was some inappropriate laughter at the seemingly rotund shape of the opposition keeper but his handling was crisp all afternoon and he was nimble enough when he needed to be.

Ashford conceded when possession was squandered from a throw in to us and Guildford, as they did on several occasions, broke quickly to take the lead.  They then doubled the lead from the spot when Russell Canderton bundled his man over instead of trying to get the ball, or so it looked from the touchline.

At that point the scoreline was a little harsh on Ashford but a goal just before half-time got the Tangerines back in it when Kofi Lockhart-Adams firstly hit the post and then swept the rebound over the line.  It was hoped that the goal would put Ashford in the ascendancy in the second half but sadly the game was very reminiscent of the last home league match against Slough, in that Ashford enjoyed plenty of possession but rarely looked like breaking down an efficient Guildford defence.

With efforts tailing off, Guildford then made the match absolutely safe taking advantage of a poor back pass five minutes from the end by Chris Robinson to notch their third goal.

Manager Paul Burgess will need to rally his troops for Tuesday evening when AFC Hayes come to Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 pm

The Suburban team brightened things up though with a comprehensive 4-1 win away at Molesey, courtesy of goals from Nathan Cooper, Max Herbert, Nick Hardy and Tom Mooney.  Only one assistant turned up but it wasn’t a major problem apparently and Ashford now play their final match in the group stage on Tuesday, when they visit Reigate based South Park FC, for the first ever competitive match at any level between the clubs.   The group is now between Ashford and Met Police who are three points behind but have a match in hand.

The Under-18’s drew at Northwood on Thursday evening.  It is rare at Under-18 level that no-one manages to find the net but neither team did it on this occasion, the match ending goalless.  On Monday Mark Hughes’ team travels to meet Wingate & Finchley U18 in another league match.

Finally on Sunday afternoon, the Ladies enjoyed a 3-0 success over Petts Wood FC thanks to a Lucy Easton hatrick of fine strikes.