Kofi Lockhart-AdamsAshford hit double figures for the first time since September 2009, when Badshot Lea were put to the sword in the FA Cup.  In truth, Saturday’s victory, their first ever at home to Woodford, who had won the last two encounters at Short Lane, could have been far greater against their Northants opponents who are doing no more than seeing out the season before they attempt to re-build at a lower level.

It took seven minutes to open the scoring when Kofi Lockhart-Adams  netted from close in and the goals flowed regularly from then on with no less than seven arriving before half-time, including a pile driver from newcomer Antonio Simeone who enjoyed an impressive debut following his last minute move from Godalming Town.

Things eased a little in the second half, mostly through wanton finishing, with Mark Bitmead particularly culpable, although it’s hard to criticise anyone given the eventual scoreline.  Having completed a first half hatrick, Lockhart-Adams  went off to rest before Monday’s senior cup final, whilst Javonne Molloy, a second half substitute, became the second Ashford man to complete a hatrick, scoring all three goals in the second period.  The Woodford keeper actually made some excellent saves at times but could do little to stem the flow, Woodford’s one effort on target coming some ten minutes from the end as McCarthy saved comfortably.  To summarise, the scorers were:  Lockhart-Adams 3, Molloy 3, Bitmead 2, Simeone, and Baxter.

With the attendance boosted by the presence  of several members from the junior ranks, Ashford will rarely have an easier match but with the Middlesex Senior Cup Final against Staines just two days later on Monday, will be grateful to have seen the match through comfortably with no injuries and zero pressure.

To cap an excellent day for the Club, the Suburban team, with a number of debutants made the long journey to Royston Town and came away with a 2-1 win, a victory that puts Ashford in with a definite chance of winning the North Division with five matches left, all at home.  Ashford were two goals ahead at the interval but had to withstand heavy pressure during the second period.  Royston though, the main opponents for the title, could only score once though just four minutes from the end.

It’s all on to Monday now, when Ashford will meet their Spelthorne neighbours Staines Town in the Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup, at Uxbridge FC, kick-off 7.30 p.m.  Staines play in the Football Conference, South Division and thus, Ashford, who have nothing to lose, will be under dogs but their strike force certainly know where the back of the net is, having now scored 76 league goals so far in the League, failing to score in only two games, and they will relish the opportunity to test themselves against higher opposition.  We hope to see a legion of Ashford juniors at the game all kitted out, with the Under-12’s acting both as mascots and Ashford’s representatives in the half-time penalty competition.  Entry to the match is free for all Under-16’s.