Uxbridge

Following an encouraging midweek performance, it was back to the drawing board for Ashford on Saturday as they lost 1-5 at Uxbridge.

The scoreline does not tell the story of the match by any means but defensive frailties and indiscipline, two demons that have infiltrated the club this season, came to the surface again, just when it actually looked as if an away win might be on the cards.

There was no score at half-time but Ashford had been the more dominant of the two teams, although neither keeper had been greatly tested.  More importantly though Ashford were defending well and when Joe Lynch scored just seven minutes into the second period, one dared to hope for a while that this match would actually be different to the last few.

Sadly though, Ashford yet again demonstrated their current inability to hold a lead for very long and within three minutes Uxbridge were level, scoring at the near post with seemingly half the defence awol.  Confidence is understandably low at present and ten minutes later Uxbridge went ahead and again it was a poor goal to concede from the visitors’ point of view. 

With still 25 minutes left though, Ashford were certainly not out of it but shortly afterwards Perry Luckins, having just been cautioned, launched himself into a late tackle with no hope of winning the ball and was rightly sent off.  It would be wrong to blame just one player but that incident ended all hopes of victory and sadly things just went from bad to worse as Uxbridge scored three more goals in four minutes in the last five minutes to end up with a 5-1 win, that no-one would have predicted at half-time.

It is hard to understand what is happening at the moment .  It is true that the Club have lost a number of influential players in or since the summer but the present squad can certainly play as has been demonstrated in more than one game but they just don’t seem to be able to sustain it for 90 minutes.  The next opportunity to start turning things round comes on Wednesday evening  when we travel to Colliers Wood United in the Surrey Senior Cup.  This will be the first senior meeting between the clubs and the match kicks off at 7.30 p.m.

The address of the ground is the Wibbandune Sports Ground, opposite 199-213 Robin Hood Way (A3 southbound), Wimbledon, SW20 0AA.  If you are coming into London on the A3, the ground is opposite a large footbridge and it may be better to turn left into the service road at this point in order to park and walk back over the bridge as you cannot turn right into the ground.  The alternative is to carry on along the A3, bear right at the lights and then come off at the next slip road, where you can turn back on yourself and come back along the A3, the entrance to the ground then being on the left, just before the footbridge.  Be warned though that the car park is small and will probably be full unless you arrive at least an hour before the game.  You may be able to park on the grass outside the ground.

Colliers Wood are members of the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League and have also had a fairly indifferent start to the season, currently sitting in 20th place in the table.  On Saturday they achieved a creditable draw at Croydon.  The winners will be away to Merstham in the next round.

The Suburban side seem to have caught the 1st Team malaise, losing by two goals to one at Farnham Town on Saturday.  They do not have a match this midweek and neither do the Under-18’s so the 1st Team game at Colliers Wood is the only one.

Please also note that the away match at Dunstable Town, scheduled for Saturday 2 November is postponed as Dunstable are still in the FA Trophy.  It has been re-arranged for Tuesday 19 November.