Attentions turned to the Isthmian League Cup, now the Velocity Trophy, on Tuesday night under the lights. With Ashford looking for a change in fortune after a tough start to the league season.
Ashford were back at the RPS for the first of 4 home games in a row, welcoming local rivals Bedfont Sports in the first of the Velocity Trophy group games. Early exchanges in the first half were fairly even with the Tangerines looking much improved from the previous game, but it was Bedfont who struck first in the 25th minute with a goal by John Roberts. Ashford failed to deal with a deep cross and Roberts was on hand to volley home.
Ashford pressed hard to get back in to the game and came close in the 41st minute when Max Webb struck a fierce shot across goal. There were a few opportunities to get back at Bedfont without any other real clear cut chances before the break. The second half picked up where the first left off, but it was Bedfont again who got the break and grabbed a second goal on 48 minutes. A straight run down the Ashford right between two defenders saw Jayden Clarke finish his move with a shot across goal to double the lead. Ashford then made changes to personnel and shape, showing a lot of desire and effort to get back in the game, creating some nice passing moves but again could not get that break, or clear cut chance to level things up. Max Webb came close again in the 58th minute when his run from a Kelvin Adjei lay-off ended with a well struck shot forcing the keeper to tip over the bar.
Bedfont sat back more with the cushion of the 0-2 lead, inviting Ashford to press forward but they could not get that break for a way back in to the game. There were a lot more positives for Ashford to take from this game, although again not the result that would have been hoped for. It’s now on to Saturday, where Northwood come to the RPS in another Velocity Trophy group game, with Ashford looking to find a cutting edge and get back to scoring ways.