Scott Weight against ChipsteadBoth teams put up a reasonable performance on Saturday, the only goal of the game coming shortly before half-time when Chipstead’s Jack Guilford was the first to react to a fiercely struck low cross from the left, turning the ball past Simon Grant in the Ashford goal.

In an even match overall, Ashford’s problem was the familiar one of taking their chances, a lament that their visitors might also contemplate.  Chances were being made regularly, which was good, but it was always going to take a decent effort to beat the visiting keeper and sadly, the shooting was either high, wide, tame or, on one occasion, a complete airshot, when the goal seemed to be gaping.  Ashford thought they had equalised through Jim Mann but the goal was disallowed for offside which must have been a close decision. 

Assistant Manager Steve Scott was not too displeased overall though and could contemplate some plus points, one being the neat control and passing of newcomer Tom Brunton, another being the pacey runs down the right from Samad Kazi.  Scott Todd, veteran of 300 matches for Ashford in the past, popped up in the second half for Chipstead and it was good to see him.  Also present was Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs who was watching his brother play for Chipstead.  A word also for the officials and especially referee Chris Potter, who enjoyed an excellent match.

Ashford’s next friendly is in a week’s time on Saturday 3 August when they travel to meet old CCL rivals Reading Town.  More on that one during the week.

Prior to yesterday’s match, Ashford’s Reserves played a friendly against Staines Lammas, drawing one apiece, Ashford’s goal coming from Paul Scanlon.