A dreary performance from the Tangerines saw them capitulate to fellow strugglers North Greenford United on Saturday by three goals to nil.  The result means that it is now virtually impossible for the Club not to finish in one of the two relegation positions.  To avoid doing so would now mean winning the last two league matches, hoping that neither North Greenford nor Chertsey win theirs, and in the process a goal advantage of sixteen held by North Greenford has to be overturned.  It will obviously not happen, so Ashford’s only chance now of staying at Step 4 will be a reprieve.  There are a number of clubs at various levels from Step 4 upwards that have resigned but given our poor points per game record, a reprieve also seems an unlikely proposition although we would certainly accept it, if offered.

Yesterday’s match which seemed to lack passion throughout, (not a single caution throughout) saw Ashford starting quite well, and had Samad Kazi been able to beat the keeper when put through, things may have turned out differently as the first goal was always going to be important.  Samad was partially tripped as he advanced but kept his feet only to see his effort well saved.  A different referee might then have pulled the play back, awarded a penalty and sent the offender off but that sort of thing only happens if you’re at the top of the league.  North Greenford then took the lead before half-time.

In the second period Ashford rarely looked like getting back in the game and but for the continuing excellence of Tyler Tobin in goal, North Greenford may well have ended with more than the three goals they eventually amassed.  Somehow the passion that had been behind the recent win at AFC Hayes and earlier matches just wasn’t there and the overplayed tactic of hitting the ball long just played into the home club’s hands.

The web site is rarely over critical of the Club’s players, who invariably do their best, but with a significant number of disappointed Tangerine supporters having travelled, they need to put up a far better show in the last two matches, as points could still be crucial in the final analysis.  Egham are a good team:  their 0-3 reverse at home to Kettering on Thursday belied their performance but the game on Monday will be their fourth in seven days and Ashford really need to give a decent account of themselves.  Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.