Fleet TownA distinctly sub-standard performance at Fleet on Tuesday enabled the home side to take all three points in a 2-0 victory.  In truth Fleet never looked in danger of conceding, the few efforts that Ashford did manage being either weakly struck, or high and wide, sometimes both.

The goals were both the direct result of individual errors.  For the first, Russell Canderton failed to clear properly and for the second, early in the second half, keeper Paul McCarthy racing out to clear succeeded in only finding a Fleet forward on the flank when the ball should have been on its way to Row Z.  The ball was propelled back with no nonsense straight into an empty net.

With the possible exception of Bairoh Conteh, just about everyone seemed off their game and it is frustrating to watch a performance of this nature when one knows just how capable the team can be, as they proved in the home match against Fleet, as an example, several months ago.

It’s gone now and Ashford need a point from their match on Saturday at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB to match their points total from last season.  As things stand at the moment (these notes being written Wednesday morning), Beaconsfield are one of four clubs fighting for the final two play-off places so they will certainly be “up for it” on Saturday.  We won at Beaconsfield earlier in the season and we owe it to ourselves to put in a far better 90 minutes than we did against Fleet.  We are certainly capable of it and with an expected higher attendance on Saturday, with all the walkers returning from the sponsored walk, Ashford will hopefully rise to the occasion.