It was another tough game for the Tangerines away to Bracknell Town, with most of the damage being done before half time.
Bracknell imposed themselves pretty much from the get go and took the lead on 13 minutes. A long throw in to the Ashford box was flicked on and then poked home by Nathan Minhas (1-0). Ashford looked to try and get in to the game and had a half chance shortly after. Hoewever, they were undone again in the 22nd minute with almost a carbon copy of the first goal. Another long throw from a similar position, straight in to the box, flicked on, and then finished again by Nathan Minhas. This time with a low overhead kick from close range.
The Tangerines did then get forward a few times in response, and had another half chance when Max Webb had a good run at the Bracknell defence, finishing with a shot at goal which forced the keeper in to a save. Bracknell always looked dangerous on the attack though, and netted a third on 38 minutes when they broke down their right and a good low pass to the centre was met by ex-Ashford player Max Herbert, who finished from close range. Bracknell continued to press for the rest of the half, and despite numerous chances it stayed 3-0 at the break.
The second half kicked off with a more subdued feel with Bracknell appearing to have taken their foot off the pedal. Ashford defended more resolutely and kept the Robins out with some great blocks, saves, and goal-line clearances, until the 76th minute when Nathan Minhas tapped home amongst a crowd of players from a Bracknell corner, to complete his hat-trick.
Matt Surmon came close for Ashford shortly after with a superb shot from the half-way line, which caught the keeper out of his goal, but just went wide of the right hand post. The Tangerines switched formation and looked to get forward in the closing stages, but Bracknell were content to see out the game and take the win.
Next up for Ashford is a home Velocity Trophy group match against Bedfont Sports on Tuesday 3rd September at 7:45pm.