Tue 28 Aug 18: Hanwell Town 1 Ashford 0
Most of us in football will know the ecstasy or agony of winning or losing by a goal in the last few seconds. Unfortunately for the Tangerines it was the latter on Tuesday evening at Hanwell Town as the home side scored the only goal of the game in the 91st minute to send Ashford home with scant reward and one that was doubly galling as the side arguably played its best football of the season, especially in the second half when they more or less dominated play.
Despite the setback, it is fair to say that in comparison with the tame defeat in the FA Cup, this was like chalk and cheese. It is ironic that we are obliged to pack in two matches in 48 hours when we will go without a match for two weeks later in September, although the manager may wish to organise a friendly on Saturday 8 September, that date having been left free of league matches for the next round of the FA Cup. Cray Valley incidentally have been drawn away to Merstham in the 1st Qualifying Round.
The first half was relatively even with Ashford’s best opportunity falling to Bradley Wilson. He looked composed as pulled the trigger but unfortunately his effort was too close to the keeper who just managed to stick out a leg and deflect the ball for a corner. Hanwell also had their chances but nobody could complain too much about the half-time score with defences very much on top.
The second half was different as Ashford took over more and more of the play but found themselves unable to break down the well drilled Hanwell defence. It became ever more intense as the match wore on but the breakthrough never quite came and right at the death as Ashford conceded one too many daft free kicks in dangerous areas, Hanwell’s Ibrahim Olutade flicked in the resulting cross giving Tyler Tobin no chance.
We now look forward to Saturday when we entertain Cheshunt and where there is free entry for any local residents (TW15 and TW19 post codes) who turn up with a utility bill to verify their address. More on this game later in the week.