Harry KnockAshford ended their season on a high with a convincing win over play-off hopefuls Beaconsfield SYCOB, the final scoreline of 2-1 suggesting a closer game than it actually was.

Beaconsfield’s performance must have been a disappointment to their management as, apart from a couple of early flurries, they rarely looked like a team capable of promotion and their solitary goal arrived in stoppage time when sub Nick Hardy inexplicably pushed his opponent in the back for a clear penalty.

Ashford were again missing key players either through suspension, injury or unavailability and an unusual looking team saw Perry Luckins start in the unfamiliar position of left back.  A dominant performance tended to confirm the writer’s view that he is one of the players to be nurtured for next season.  With Russell Canderton unavailable and Bairoh Conteh injured, Harry Knock was in central defence and, along with Samad Kazi who started at right back but went into the middle following a knock sustained by Jim Mann, he was a clear candidate for “man of the match”.

The first half was kind of scrappy with neither team making great headway but Ashford became more dominant after the break and were rewarded with the opening goal from Javonne Molloy, another excellent prospect, who calmly finished off a slick move involving Joe Bennett and Tommy Mooney.

A second goal followed not too soon afterwards when Knock (pictured) hit a free kick high into the net from distance, giving the keeper little chance.  As stated, Beaconsfield pulled one back from the spot in stoppage time but it looked as if their play off dream was over until the news came that AFC Hayes had equalised against Royston, the upshot being that Beaconsfield had claimed the final play-off place, and will now travel to Rugby Town on Tuesday to see who goes forward to the play-off final.  Thus both teams left the field in a happy state of mind and well done to referee Engelbretson who refereed the game very sensibly with not a card in sight.

With the Under-18’s closing their season with an excellent 4-1 win at Hampton on Thursday evening, taking them up to 3rd place in the table, with just four defeats all season in the League, the spotlight now falls upon the Suburban League team who will face Newport Pagnell Town at home on Monday evening.  Mick Snowden’s boys are one of three teams fighting for the North Division championship, the final match coming on Thursday evening when Dunstable Town are the visitors.

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26 Mar 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Northwood (H)
31 Mar 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Uxbridge (H)
02 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (a)
04 Apr 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Wealdstone (a)
07 Apr 2018
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11 Apr 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Hendon (a)
14 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Marlow (a)
15 Apr 2018
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British Airways Vets v Bedfont Sunday Vets
16 Apr 2018
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Bostik Youth League v Staines Town (H)
21 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (H)
22 Apr 2018
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Middlesex FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
28 Apr 2018
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Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
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Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
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Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
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Junior Tournament