St Ives Town

It was the same story on Saturday as Ashford sustained another 0-4 defeat this time at St. Ives Town.  Lewis Taylor made his debut at centre-half, with Javan Alexander preferred up front.

On a heavy pitch, Ashford effectively conceded the match by conceding two goals in the first twenty minutes.  The first, after just four minutes, was a straightforward lofted free kick to the far post that saw unmarked home forward Ellison rising high to give Tyler Tobin no chance.  The second came just as Ashford were showing some signs that they could trouble their hosts.  Cyril Ocansey gave the ball away carelessly on the half way line and inept defending then allowed Gibbs the opportunity to score.

In the second period Ashford at least had a more determined approach and had they pulled one back during this period, things may just have ended differently.  Despite reasonable levels of possession, chances were restricted, with Joe Bennett forcing a save and Ocansey putting a firm but inaccurate header over the bar.  St. Ives always looked dangerous though as Ashford contributed to their own downfall with more poor defensive work, leading to a final 4-0 drubbing, the second in a row.

To their credit Ashford never stopped playing or trying but it is hard going at the moment.  We try again on New Years Day (kick-off 3.00 p.m.) away at Egham Town and then at home on Saturday against Daventry Town, where in the first game of the season we were 2-1 up with fifteen minutes left and Daventry down to ten, only to lose 2-5!