Red InsureIt was yet another defeat on Tuesday evening, this time in the Red Insure Cup and at the hands of the same opponents, Northwood, who had already beaten Ashford in the League on Saturday.

The performance by the home side though showed clear signs of promise and they can fairly claim to be unlucky or at least, to conclude that the levels of possession and chances created, should have given them a real opportunity to win against good opponents.  There seems to be nothing wrong with the spirit in the side, which again showed changes. Adam Willis was solid on his full debut and Perry Luckins, in yet another new position, this time at left back, was snarlingly competent.

The introduction of Tom Brunton, after a few weeks in the wilderness, was perhaps the most significant factor as his pace down the left flank was a threat all night, culminating in him being brought down for a penalty in the first half.  Sadly even such a golden opportunity passed Ashford by as Joe Hughes’ effort was easily saved by the visiting keeper.  Nevertheless Ashford had been on top and it was a dagger to the heart when Northwood took the lead within ten seconds of the resumption after half-time..  Once again a ball straight down the middle was not dealt with and therein lies one of the current Achilles heels affecting the side and the visitors were ahead.

Northwood are a decent side this season but Ashford heads did not drop and they managed to miss a multitude of chances that only those attempting to score can explain.  Some credit must go the visiting defence as they got in blocks time and again as the ball bobbled around their goalmouth.  Eventually Joe Lynch reduced the arrears for his first senior goal and the effort the team put in to obtain an equaliser was clear for all to see.

As they threw caution to the wind though, Northwood broke away and settled the match when Harry Driver caught an opponent in the area to give the visitors a penalty.  Tyler Tobin saved it but was unable to prevent the taker sweeping the rebound into the net.

Northwood are a good team and in an excellently refereed match, played a full part in a superb match in an often derided competition.  Mark Tobin’s take on the night can be found in the Match Reports section of the web site, whilst Eddie Hutch has also put an eloquent piece on the forum.

Don’t forget that we make the short journey to Uxbridge on Saturday and if we can play there as we did on Tuesday, our luck must surely soon change.

Finally a word to our hard pressed Under-18 side.  They still haven’t won but took Enfield Town all the way on Wednesday evening, losing eventually in the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup by six goals to four after extra time.