It is early days but unless Ashford can get their stuttering season underway, they will be facing a relegation battle.

Better things were expected on Saturday, following the midweek FA Cup win, but a disappointing performance saw the Short Lane side capitulate to a much improved North Greenford United by two goals to one.

Everything started well and Mark Bitmead, ruled just onside, curled a fine early effort past Lee Pearce in the Greenford goal.  Instead of pushing on though, Ashford seemed content to sit on their lead and any number of chances were spurned by the visitors before they equalised and it was an awful goal to concede from Ashford’s point of view.  Russell Canderton was penalised for handball and the resulting free kick into inexplicable areas of space allowed Liam Hind to beat Canderton to the ball and score with ease.

Further disaster struck two minutes after the interval.  Tyler Tobin had once again produced some superb saves but possibly showed his inexperience when, having gathered the ball, he attempted to roll it out to a team mate but it was still a crowded area and the ball tweaked off a visiting player, bouncing nicely for Hind to calmly lob the ball into an empty net.

And that was it.  Pearce had to be sharp once or twice but Ashford never really looked like retrieving the situation and North Greenford were deserved winners.

There is no midweek 1st Team action so the next senior match is on Saturday, when Ashford go to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Cup.  A much improved performance will be required if it is not to be the end of Ashford’s participation for this season.

There was no good news either from the Suburban side yesterday as they lost to Walton & Hersham by three goals to two, despite leading 2-1 at one point.  Both Ashford goals though came from Alf Kpunpamo.

 

This week’s football sees two matches at Short Lane.  On Monday evening, the Under-18’s entertain Hayes & Yeading whilst on Wednesday the Suburban side are now at home to Tooting & MItcham United Res.  Both games kick off at 7.45 p.m.