Sunday 24th September 2023 | KO 2PM
London Seaward 1
Ashford Town Women 1
League leaders Ashford Town looked to continue their unbeaten start to the season as they travelled to London Seaward.
Ashford started brightly but the first quality chance fell the way of London Seaward in the 9th minute. A through ball in behind the Ashford defence found Shamoy Campbell whose low shot was well saved by Emma Vigolo to her right. In the 18th minute The Anchors found further joy playing in behind to Campbell however her shot went over the bar. It was third time lucky however for Seaward in the 20th minute. A flighted ball in behind the Ashford defence was superbly finished by Samantha Lanza. Her first time chip over Vigolo left her with no chance.
Just short of the half hour mark Ashford created their first good effort on goal. Martha Riley’s cross on the right wing found Lavana Neufville in the Seaward box. She controlled and found Aimee Durn outside the box but her shot went over the bar. Heading towards the end of the first half Seaward found further joy when Lanza played the ball in behind to Campbell but her shot was straight down the throat of Vigolo. Into added time in the first half Ashford created another good chance. Similar to Ashford’s best chance in the half, Riley’s cross, this time from the left wing found Neufville who set Durn on the edge of the box. Durn managed to beat one defender but her effort on goal forced Molly Baxter into a comfortable save to her right.
Ashford came out with much more impetus and intensity in the second half and were rewarded with the equaliser on the hour mark. Riley, who had been central to Ashford’s attacking play, launched an unstoppable left footed shot from just outside the penalty area that found the top right corner.
The girls pushed for a second goal and were presented with an opportunity when Baxter’s goal kick was intercepted by Jade Johnson. After some quick passing on the Ashford right the ball fell to Riley but her shot went straight into the goalkeeper’s hands. Ashford threatened from a corner on the right. Ellie Luscombe, who replaced Ania Koscielska early in the second half, played a pass from the left wing to Anya Kinnane, who captained the side in the absence of Liss Down, on the edge of the box however her shot was straight at Baxter in goal.
Adam made an attacking change with seven minutes left to play, bringing on Millie Constantine for Hannah Duncan. Constantine almost scored the winner in the last minute of the match when her shot from a corner hit the crossbar and came off Baxter before she managed to regain possession.
It finished 1-1 at Oakside Stadium in a classic game of two halves. Ashford remain unbeaten from their first six league games with their attention now turning to the cup where they host Haywards Heath Town at the Robert Parker Stadium.
after the game this is what Ashford manager Adam had to say:
“I thought we started brightly against a good London Seaward side but after 10 minutes London Seaward got into their stride and put us under pressure and deservingly scored the opener with a great goal. Emma kept us in the game with a good save. I felt we were showing too much respect and leaving big gaps without pressing the ball”
“after addressing a few things at the break we were much the better side in the second half and deserved our equaliser from our POTM Martha Riley. We pushed and pressed and I thought we would win the game but for the frame of the goal we would have from a great Millie Constantine strike”
“Overall, a good point away from home. We will continue to learn from our mistakes and continue to improve and continue our healthy start to our league campaign. All credit to our squad, who I am very proud of how they are performing without some of our senior players, and to our fantastic coaching and medical team for having the girls ready to perform at the levels they currently are”.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
This week’s Player of the Match is Martha Riley who was a key figure in Ashford’s attacking play. She found good pockets of space in midfield where she was able to influence the game and her efforts were rewarded with a fantastic goal. Congratulations Martha!