Sat 31 Mar 18: Ashford 4 Uxbridge 1
APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY IN PUTTING THIS UP! IT WAS WRITTEN LAST SUNDAY BUT THE AUTHOR, CLEARLY IN HIS DOTAGE, FORGOT TO UPLOAD IT! THANKS GERRY FOR THE REMINDER.
Ashford’s pitch did them proud on Saturday with a planned Saturday morning inspection being called off, with the pitch completely free of any standing water by 11.00 a.m. There were a few apprehensive moments soon after calling the game on, as heavy rain suddenly came down but it did not last too long and the game went ahead.
For much of the first half play was lively and generally even. Ashford saw one effort cleared from the line but Uxbridge also looked dangerous more than once. The Tangerines got their noses ahead though on 12 minutes when a corner from Jack Beadle was deftly nodded home at the near post by Mitchal Gough. As the match continued to swing, Uxbridge grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, a cross being headed home by Cory Watson.
The second half began explosively with Uxbridge somehow failing to score on three occasions all in one move. The first hit the woodwork and rolled along the line before two further efforts in quick succession were cleared from the line. It was possibly the defining moment in the match as Ashford went straight down the field and re-took the lead with arguably the best goal of the game. Tom Howard went on a mazy run leaving three defenders in his wake and then had the composure to send the ball into the far corner giving visiting keeper Paul McCarthy little chance.
This gave Ashford the whip hand as they looked for further goals. On 68 minutes the it became a two goal lead when Howard, running at the defence yet again was brought down in the referee’s eyes for a penalty. It looked fairly soft but there were remarkably few complaints and Gough stepped up to send McCarthy the wrong way.
The result seemed in little doubt now and with eight minutes on the clock, substitute Conor Moody finished off another quality move to make the final score 4-1. The result moved Ashford up a place in the table and they now look forward to the trip on Monday to Moneyfields FC, who are Porstmouth based side. It’s not quite the Bank Holiday fixture we would have expected but we get on with it and look forward to visiting another new ground. Obviously there will be a need to keep an eye on the weather and any updates prior to our departure around midday will be posted here.