Kofi Lockhart-AdamsAshford duly overcame a potential banana skin on Tuesday evening in the shape of Woodford United, being rewarded with all three points following a thoroughly professional ninety minutes, returning home with a 2-0 victory, to extend the unbeaten run to eight matches.

On a bumpy pitch that made it difficult to play anything other than the long ball for much of the time, Ashford found themselves on the back foot in the opening minutes.  Woodford, under new management for the second time this season, grasped the early initiative and certainly did not look like a team that has gone the whole season without a win.

Two early shots whistled over Kyle Merson’s goal but as the game got into its stride, so did Ashford and it must have been a sickener for the home side when Kofi Lockhart-Adams scored after eight minutes in Ashford’s first attack of note.  It was an excellent goal too.  Scott Weight directed a long ball down the right flank to Dan Brown, who controlled it and sent over a hard low cross inviting someone to smash it into the net, a function performed efficiently by Lockhart-Adams, giving the keeper no chance.

From that point Ashford did not really look back and the second goal arrived just after the half hour mark, Lockhart-Adams this time turning it in from close range.  This makes him the third player this season, after Brown and Mark Bitmead, to hit the ten goal mark for the season.

To be fair, Woodford did not lay down and showed enthusiasm to the end, but they were rarely able to threaten a dominant Ashford back four.  Ashford could have had more, especially early in the second period when Dan Brown, who was superb all night long, seemed to be brought down from behind as he bore down on goal but the referee waved play on.  They did get the ball in the net again but it was rightly ruled out for offside.  They also forced any number of corners but none came to fruition. 

Overall though, getting to Woodford for a midweek 7.30 p.m. kick-off with a  full squad, basically unchanged from Saturday, overcoming a better than expected home side, adapting their tactics to a difficult surface and coming back with all three points and no cautions, made for a satisfactory evening.

Ashford will now start to look to look forward to Saturday’s encounter away to Thatcham Town, a club that we have never met before.  There will be more on that one later in the week.  Don’t forget though that Ernie’s Bar is open every day and evening with all the big matches on and we will always be pleased to see you.  The Ladies will be training this evening (Wednesday) and the 1st Team on Thursday.