Tue 13 Nov 18: Ashford 2 FC Romania 1
Ashford made it six points in four days on Tuesday evening with another 2-1 home win, this time over FC Romania.
Having never played them before, nobody really knew what to expect. As it turned out Ashford had more of the play despite not being at their best. Brannon Daly had to make one or two saves but with 70 minutes gone, the Tangerines should really have been ahead, given the chances that had been created but poor finishing had kept the scoreline at nil-nil. The visitors, after some early nerves at the back, had defended well and the inevitable happened with just 20 minutes left when they went ahead with a bizarre own goal which may have been more attributable to a goalkeeping error (Brannon may disagree) but it was Samad Kazi who opened his account for the season, unfortunately in the wrong net to give Romania the lead.
Ashford though kept probing and finally Mark Bitmead managed to steer the ball home to end an unusually blank run for Ashford’s leading scorer. At that stage a draw looked likely and nobody could really have denied the sporting visitors a share of the spoils. It was not to be though when in the 89th minute, skipper Max Webb notched the vital winning goal to take the Tangerines up to 8th place in the table.
In some ways, playing against AC Romania was like a breath of fresh air. There was only a sparse attendance sadly but Ashford supporters clapped all their players off the field and several of them acknowledged the applause with handshakes. We shall look forward to the return match.
Next up on Saturday is an away trip to Ware, more of which on the website tomorrow.