Ashford were well beaten on Saturday away at Bedfont Sports, their second heavy defeat in a row, after winning the previous three, all of which looked harder on paper. Such is football!
The opening exchanges were even enough but it was Bedfont who drew first blood on 13 minutes, when ex-Ashford player Scott Harris, who was a thorn in the side of the Ashford defence all afternoon, scrambled the ball home.
Ashford were undaunted at this stage and probably enjoyed greater possession for some time but it’s goals that count and Bedfont doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark, soon after Perry Luckins, another ex-Ashford player found himself sent off when he retaliated violently to a foul by Steve Loveridge, who sent into the book. The goal had an element of farce as it came from a free kick wide on the right which seemed quite a harsh decision in the first place. Bedfont’s Tim Pitt had sent in a curving free kick, one of many throughout the game but the ball seemed to be heading gently into Tyler Tobin’s hands. Whether or not he took his eye off the ball who knows but it somehow eluded his grasp and gently rolled into the net.
Despite going down to ten men, Bedfont now had something to defend and at half-time it did look as if the next goal would be crucial and so it proved with Sports making it three within four minutes of the re-start. Once again it was Harris who did the damage.
Ashford continued to fight but in all honesty Bedfont rarely looked as if they would be in any trouble and sealed Ashford’s misery at the death with a fourth goal. That said, the Tangerines did manage to hit the woodwork on three occasions but anything other than a win for the home side would have been a travesty.
Bedfont’s hospitality was excellent but Ashford manager Ben Murray now needs to turn matters round if he can, when Egham Town, now under the managership of Dixon Gill, are the visitors to Short Lane next Saturday. He may have one or two of the absentees back for that one but whatever side he picks, Ashford need to pick their game up quickly as it doesn’t take too long to slide down the table.
The club wishes everyone a very happy New Year and don’t forget that the bar is fully open on New Year’s Eve (from 6.30 p.m. to late) and we hope to see as many present as possible.