Tue 30 October 18: Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup – Preliminary Round, Ashford 4 Horley Town 1
Ashford were too strong for Horley Town on Tuesday evening in the Preliminary Round of the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup, winning by 4 goals to 1, when only some excellent keeping denied the Tangerines on several occasions.
After spending much of the 90 minutes last week in the Middlesex Cup dominating play against Hanworth Villa with nothing to show for it, there seemed to be a very clear determination that it would not happen again in this game.
It still took a goal of some quality though to get matters going in the 17th minute when a lightning break from the back, saw a cross go in at pace to Joe Green. Joe is not noted for scoring too many goals but on this occasion he controlled the ball well with his right foot before hammering it home with his left, for his first goal of the season.
Eight minutes later it was two and again it was a good movement involving Kofi Lockhart-Adams and James Cottee that saw the ball released to Lee Decabo and he went round one defender in a tight space before slotting the ball home for his first ever senior goal.
Horley were rarely getting a sniff themselves, attacking only spasmodically. They had two chances that came to nothing but generally it was all Ashford although the third goal did not arrive until the 65th minute when skipper Max Webb got clear and absolutely hammered the ball in from an acute angle.
There was no let up and seven minutes later it was four when Cottee rose to head a corner down and over a defender on the line.
With the result no longer in any doubt, the visitors did show that they could play football and recorded a consolation in the 88th minutes when Ashford failed to defend a corner properly.
Ashford will now go on to entertain Chipstead in the next round on a date to be determined. Before that, we make the relatively short trip on Saturday to Northwood, who are currently managerless, following the surprise departure of Dean Barker who had only taken over in the summer. More on that one later in the week.
There is another match at Short Lane this week when, on Thursday, the Ladies will entertain Whyteleafe Ladies in the Isthmian Women’s Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m. Although Ashford’s ladies have been regularly knocking in double figures this season, Whyteleafe’s ladies will provide sterner opposition judging from past encounters and it will be an intriguing game. If you’ve never watched the Ladies before why not come along and you may be quite surprised at the standard of football.