Sat 2 Mar 19: Waltham Abbey 2 Ashford 1
The disappointment from last Tuesday intensified for Ashford on Saturday, as, for the second match in a row, the Tangerines took the lead, only to be pegged back in the second half, conceding two goals in the process.
Waltham Abbey were the eventual winners in a match where both halves were very different. Despite having several players missing, mostly injured, Ashford did well for much of the opening 45 and deservedly took the lead on 21 minutes when a short corner routine between Jack Beadle and James Cottee saw the ball switched to the onrushing and unmarked Max Webb who calmly steered a low effort in to the net.
This came soon after Tom Howard had somehow missed what appeared to be an open goal but it didn’t seem to matter as generally the Tangerines looked well in command. Everything almost changed on the stroke of half-time when the home side were awarded a penalty following a foul by Gurkan Gokmen. There was nothing much wrong with the kick but Tyler Tobin in goal threw himself to the left to pull off a stunning save.
Shortly before that Christian Assombalonga for the hosts had left the field in considerable pain and had to be stretchered off following an accidental collision between himself and Tobin as he chased down a long ball. We send our best wishes that he has as quick a recovery as possible.
Sadly, Ashford did not heed the warning as within two minutes of the resumption, Waltham were level. A move down their right flank did not seem to be presenting any major danger but the ball found its way across to Tim Ogunrinde who made no mistake. The hosts now had their tails up and within ten minutes Ellis Brown completed the turn round as he put Waltham ahead and they rarely looked as if they would lose it after that, despite Ashford’s best efforts, an injury to Cottee not helping the situation and the outcome was another three points dropped.
Matters can change very quickly though and Ashford will await the visit of Ware next Saturday, more of which later in the week.
In the meantime we have a social evening at the Club on Tuesday evening, when Jamie Broughton will be staging a quiz night. It is nominally the players versus the rest and everyone is welcome to attend and take part. There is also Champions League football on the television. It is all free and there will be food available on the night. As we emerge from the winter months, we need to boost bar income so please come along if you are able to.