We notched our third away win of the season on Tuesday evening at Molesey winning by 2 goals to nil, a result that propelled us up to 7th Place in the table.
We could have had a hatful in the first half, even missing a penalty and it was becoming a concern that the enthusiastic Molesey side, and credit to them for not once dropping their heads, might break away and give themselves something to cling on to. Fortunately, Max Webb, later voted “Ashford man of the match”, came to the rescue with a bullet header from Mark Bitmead’s corner on the stroke of half-time, followed in the second period by the clincher from Bradley Wilson who was in the right place at the right time to tap home from close range.
Well done also to the Ladies side, who marched on in the Women’s FA Cup last Sunday with yet another double figure win, this time 11-2 over Ascot United Ladies. Just the six from Ashley this time! The others came from Lavinia with four and one from newcomer Dana Johnson. They now go on to entertain Burgess Hill Ladies or Kent Football United in the 3rd Qualifying Round on Sunday 7 October.
We now look forward to entertaining Heybridge Swifts from Division One North of the Bostik League on Saturday in the Extra-Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy. Heybridge are another club that we have not met for several seasons, the most recent match being here at Short Lane in the Premier Division of the Ryman League, a game that we lost by the only goal of the match. Despite that defeat the historic record is in our favour with six consecutive wins before that, the most notable from our point of view being a 6-0 win at their ground in February 2008, when goals from Byron Harrison (3), Gavin Smith (2) and Ricky Wellard did the damage.
News has come this week that long serving Heybridge manager Jody Brown resigned earlier this week after a few indifferent results but clearly, reading the club twitter feed, he was hugely popular and achieved much with the club, including long runs in both the FA Cup and the Trophy last season. It was interesting to read his own account in the local press where amongst other things he complained of being abused in the car park by an opposing chairman. Whoever is in charge of Heybridge on Saturday, they can rest assured that won’t happen this afternoon!
Should the match be drawn on Saturday, we will have a reply at Heybridge on Tuesday evening.
If there is a definite result though, we shall be at home again on Tuesday when Chessington & Hook United are the visitors in a 1st Round Southern Combination Cup match. We have not entered this competition for a few seasons but with the reduced number of league matches this campaign, we have gone back into it. Should we win, we will be away to Camberley Town in the 2nd Round. Whilst writing we extend our sympathies to Camberley and the family of Andy Vaughan, their long serving match secretary and programme editor, who died unexpectedly earlier this week.
Don’t forget we will also have the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool on TV after the game on Saturday.