Beaconsfield SYCOB

It seems to be one step forward and one back for Ashford at the moment.  Following Saturday’s more encouraging display at Egham, it was largely back to square one last night as Beaconsfield SYCOB duly registered their first ever win over Ashford at the ninth time of asking by a fairly comfortable four goals to one.

The writing was possibly on the wall within the opening minutes as the visitors started like a train and camped out in Ashford’s half.  It was little surprise on the balance of play when they went ahead on ten minutes and then doubled the lead on twenty minutes.

Ashford finally then found their feet and were starting to put some pressure at least at the other end but a freak third goal effectively ended the contest before half-time, an unavoidable hasty clearance from Tyler Tobin being volleyed straight back by the visiting full back who could have had no conception of scoring but such is Ashford’s luck at the moment, it flew into the top of the net.

Paul Burgess rang the changes at half-time, bringing on both Jamie Connor and Cyril Ocansey for Quaseem Sotonla and Ryan Dearden and to be fair, it worked for a while as Ashford, with nothing to lose, pushed forward and actually played some goodfootball, culminating just after the hour mark with another good strike from Joe Hughes, for his second impressive goal in as many matches,  With the likes of Connor and Perry Luckins thundering in fierce efforts, it looked for a while as if the come back was definitely on, only for Ashford to kick themselves in the teeth by conceding a soft fourth goal, which ensured the points would deservedly go to the visitors. Mark Tobin’s report is now on-line 

Ashford can only continue to play and hope that their luck will turn as they look forward to the visit of Northwood on Saturday, who slammed in eight goals last night against Chertsey.  Paul Burgess is working extremely hard to improve the squad, the latest recruit being striker Mark Gallagher, previously with AFC Hayes and Hanworth Villa and in a short cameo last night, he looked promising.

Although it is not of massive importance in the greater scheme of things, the Chairman’s casserole went uneaten last night, despite him being up at 6.00 a.m. to prepare it, with Beaconsfield unable to summon up a single director/committee man to enjoy either the half-time or full-time hospitality on offer in the boardroom.  A word beforehand would have helped, to avoid the expense and effort, but not to worry.