Sadly, it was another defeat for the Tangerines on Saturday, with visitors South Park picking up another three points in their quest to avoid relegation as Ashford went down 1-2, thus continuing a fairly drab run of form.
That said, once again, although South Park took their goals well, both headers from long crosses, Ashford competed well enough but once again without sufficient conviction when they had opportunities to score.
The visitors took the lead but Ashford equalised within two minutes of the second half, when Kofi Lockhart-Adams put in Samad Kasi and he carefully drilled the ball past the keeper into the corner of the net. Fifteen minutes from the end though, South Park scored the winning goal, following a disputed free kick and that was it.
The decision was taken over the weekend that the pitch will close down promptly at the end of April to enable major work to be carried out in the close season, which is clearly required.
In the meantime, we have hastily arranged to play Walton Casuals this WEDNESDAY evening (3 April) in the Semi-Final of the Southern Combination Challenge Cup to see who will play either Sutton Common Rovers or Hanworth Villa in the Final. We used to play Casuals regularly, of course in the CCL and our past record borders on the exemplary with 14 wins out of 15 matches played. That’s all in the past of course and this will be our first meeting since we won away in December 2012, in the Surrey Senior Cup, our scorers that evening being Mark Bitmead, from the penalty spot and Jim Mann, in a 2-1 win. Casuals though won promotion last season to Step 3 and found themselves in the Southern League with plenty of long trips, that we know about all too well. They are battling to stay at that level and are certainly in with a fighting chance.
Finally we send our commiserations to our long serving supporter and Tannoy man, Eddie Hutchinson, whose dad sadly died last week. Thanks to our players and those from South Park who observed a minute’s silence impeccably and with great respect.