In a match where the wind was often the dominant factor, Ashford’s recent revival stuttered as they lost to a Chalfont St. Peter side who made better use of the elements than the Ash Trees.

The home side started as if they meant business and initially it was all hands to the pump for the visitors, who were without both of their recently acquired strikers, Rhys Price (unavailable) and James Awofisan (injured).  Ex-Chalfont player Dan Hughes filled in up front, whilst Samad Kazi, still re-gaining full fitness, was on the bench.  Ashford weathered the storm and were soon exploiting the elements with Tyler Tobin’s long kicks causing the home defenders some concern.  Despite gradually coming to assume much of the possession Ashford found themselves unable to actually make it pay and the teams turned round goalless at the break.

It did not take Chalfont too long to show how it should be done.  A huge kick from the home keeper found ex-Ashford player Terrell Lewis wide on the right and with Ben Ewing unable to get a tackle in, a perfect cross led to a simple header for the first goal.

Whilst Ashford strove to the end, they were unable to break down a durable home defence and the match was effectively sealed when Chalfont doubled their lead just after the hour mark, as Ashford pressed forward leaving them short at the back.  A third goal followed from a very soft penalty for handball but there was still time for Chalfont’s Romayne Marsh-Brown to get himself sent off for violent conduct in front of the dug-outs, apparently his third dismissal of the season.  From his side’s point of view, it was total unnecessary but he had been in argumentative mood all afternoon and it had possibly been coming.

It was too late in the match to make a difference but Ashford did at least score the last goal and goal difference may well be crucial at the end of the season.  It came from an unusual source and from a player to watch for certain.  17 year old Clark Thorley had come on for his debut from the bench and showed surprising maturity as he curled in a free kick to the far post to reduce the arrears.

Manager Ben Murray was disappointed with his troops on this occasion but a blip could possibly be expected after the recent good run and in the end little was lost as both Chertsey and North Greenford were defeated, the former unexpectedly heavily, conceding seven without reply at Potters Bar, where Ashford had drawn a fortnight earlier.  This week sees Ashford face a long away trip to Kettering Town on Tuesday and then a home game against Barton Rovers on Saturday.  Chertsey are away to Marlow on Tuesday and at home to Dunstable on Saturday, whilst North Greenford have two home games, against Marlow on Thursday and Potters Bar Town on Saturday.

Ashford have a busy week.  Apart from the 1st Team match on Tuesday, the Suburban side are at home this evening to Hartley Wintney and then away on Thursday at Chessington & Hook United, whilst the Under-18’s entertain Camberley Town U18 on Wednesday evening.

Ashford have now provisionally withdrawn from the Suburban League for next season as the cost of reserve team football is prohibitive.  £5000 is needed to run the Reserves as a “self-contained” unit, so unless that amount can be realised in specific sponsorship it cannot continue.  We shall be running the Under-18 side in the Ryman League and will enter some of the supplementary cup competitions to provide opportunities for promising U18 players to get a taste of 1st Team action.

Forthcoming Events

28 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
07:30PM -
Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament