Preview: Sat 9 March 19, Ashford v Ware
We welcome everyone connected with Ware FC on Saturday for their first visit since February 2001, eighteen years ago. On that occasion we came out on top, by three goals to nil, courtesy of strikes by Anthony Eggington, Ian Yates and Scott Todd but the match that lingers in the writer’s memory is an away trip to Ware in October 2007, in the FA Trophy, when we were defeated by four goals to one, following a poor performance on our part, to the point where manager Mark Butler offered his resignation after the match. The Chairman wasn’t having any of that and persuaded Mark to carry on which he did with some acclaim leading us into the Ryman Premier Division not so long afterwards.
On to the current season and we played at Ware, on their 3G surface, back in November, when goals from Tommy Brunton and James Cottee enabled us take a point in a 2-2 draw, albeit that our second goal came very close to the end. Ware looked a very capable side that day and we know it will be a tough match for us tomorrow.
That is emphasised by the two narrow losses we have suffered in our last two matches, going ahead in both only to concede twice. The game at Westfield was particularly disappointing as we probably played better in that game than many we have won this season. To concede a winning goal in the 94th minute was a particularly hard blow to take.
Last week, similarly, at Waltham Forest we looked good value for our 1-0 lead at half-time, only to concede two goals in ten minutes at the start of the second half, from which we were unable to recover.
It is far from gloom and doom though. With better fortune we would have had a further six points and been right on the fringe of the play-offs. As it is, promotion looks a little over ambitious at this moment but two wins will change that situation very quickly.
After tomorrow we shall be at home again on Tuesday evening when Hanworth Villa are the visitors in the Quarter Final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, a home tie against Northwood in the semi-final being the prize for the winners. The match ball has kindly been sponsored by Russell Grant and if we were to win, he has promised to sponsor the ball in the semi-final as well. Villa have not been doing well in the CCL this season but we couldn’t get the better of them in the Senior Cup earlier on in the season and we then lost on penalties, so we should be a little fired up for this one.
Thank you for your attendance tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, when it is likely that admission prices will be lowered.