It was not to be for Ashford in the Final of the Middlesex FA Senior Charity Cup on Tuesday night with the season ending in defeat to Uxbridge.
Ashford started the brighter of the two teams, with several attempts on goal, and shaded the overall play throughout the first half. Mark Bitmead came close to breaking the deadlock with a shot on the turn which just went wide of the far post with the keeper beaten. The breakthrough eventually came in the 41st minute, when Elliott Poley forced the ball across the line following an effort from the edge of the box by Jack Beadle.
As they always say, you are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored, and so it proved to be as Uxbridge broke away down their left side shortly after the restart, with the resulting cross being met by Prince M’Bengui who headed back across Tyler Tobin to make it 1-1 going in at half time.
Uxbridge came out fired up for the second half and took control having the majority of the play. Their efforts were rewarded in the 70th minute when Tyrone Pink broke clear, and with just Tyler Tobin to beat, smashed Uxbridge into a 2-1 lead. From then on Ashford pushed forward in search of an equaliser, bringing on forwards James Cottee and then Kofi Lockhart-Adams late on, but Uxbridge defended in numbers looking to hit on the break. Despite a couple of half chances, Ashford were unable to grab that all important equaliser. Even with over 8 minutes added time (due to a long injury stoppage early in the second half), Ashford couldn’t find a way through. Uxbridge defended resolutely to see out the game and lift the trophy.
Congratulations to Uxbridge on the win. It’s always disappointing to lose in a Cup Final, but well done to the lads for all their hard work and effort. And a thank you also to referee Neil Morrison and his assistants for a well officiated game.
Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your support this season, it is always very much appreciated. We now have our annual presentation evening this coming Friday 10th May, after which we will be looking ahead to next season. See you back at the RPS in the summer.