A decisive and determined performance on Saturday against high flying Waltham Abbey was just the tonic we needed after the Northwood match and it was a worthy three points against very decent opposition. Both our goals were scored by the returning Jack Beadle, leading scorer last season and he hopefully knows the regard in which he is held by Ashford supporters.
The match started slowly as far as we were concerned and there was collective groan when our visitors took the lead very early from a free kick, when Billy Hollands stole in. There was though a determination about our play that had seemed to be missing the previous week and it did not take too long to level things up when Beadle took full advantage of a poor back pass and slid the ball home.
The game was relatively even and in difficult conditions, both sides played a full part in producing an enjoyable match but in the second half we looked stronger as it went on and whilst it could not be said that we totally dominated matters, we certainly deserved the winning goal when it arrived on 65 minutes. It was a contender for “goal of the season” as Jack latched on to the ball and was almost going away from goal when he swivelled and unleashed a rocket high to the far post that gave the keeper little chance.
On Tuesday evening we face new opponents to us in the shape of FC Romania. They were promoted to this level from the Essex Senior League following the demise of Shaw Lane Acquaforce, near Barnsley, as the Step 5 club with the highest points per game record throughout the country who had not already been promoted. They are currently in 17th place in the table but enjoyed a 3-0 win over bottom club South Park on Saturday.
Players will probably not be aware but there is sad news again this week as the League has announced the death of President Alan Turvey who was a stalwart of the League over many seasons, serving as Chairman until 2016, before becoming President. He has been to Short Lane on a number of occasions and was always very welcome. We send our deepest sympathies to Alan’s wife and family. There will be a minute’s silence before the match against FC Romania and also on Saturday at the League’s request.
Sadly one of our own supporters has also been in hospital, namely Peter Halliday, who has been a staunch supporter of the club since he discovered us a few seasons back. Last year he was a special guest at QPR, where he worked for several years, for the Stan Bowles fund raising match.
The Under-18 match against Hendon in the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup was called off on Monday evening to ensure the pitch was OK for Tuesday and that will now be scheduled for next Monday.
After the Romania game we travel to Ware on Saturday and the next Tuesday to Camberley Town in the Southern Combination Cup. The are another managerless club at present, with Dean Greenwood having recently resigned.
Lots coming up: we have the first sports and general knowledge quiz on Friday 23 November, compered by Paul Mann. Teams of 2-6 are welcome to enter, at just £2 per person. You don’t have to book in advance but it would be helpful if you could put your name(s) down on the list on the noticeboard so that we have an idea of how many people.
There is slightly different entertainment the following Friday when the Ladies have a Hen Night booked. The performers are those shown on the flyers around the club and tickets are available behind the bar from Kate, or see Sally.
Finally for anyone from our visitors tomorrow evening: Ma bucur chiar si toata lumea si o prmire calduroasa la FC Romania, pe care o jucarpentru prima data. Speram ca aveti o seara placuta a cu noi.