Ashford threw off their league blues on Wednesday evening with a fairly comprehensive win over Northwood by four goals to nil in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup and will now meet Uxbridge in the Final at Hanwell Town on Tuesday 7 May, kick-off 7.45 p.m. Thanks once again go to Russell Grant who sponsored the match ball, just as he had in the quarter final.
The opening exchanges were rather dominated by the Tangerines, which has happened in quite a few of the games we have lost recently but tonight was different in that we made the most of it as Mark Bitmead got an over head kick just right to send it fizzing into the net. Quite why he had so much space at the time is a question that could reasonably be asked of the visiting defenders.
Ashford continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession and it wasn’t a surprise when Scott Weight watched a corner kick right on to his head in the six yard box and you could see it was going to be a goal almost as the cross came in. This was in the 23rd minute and the same question as before could be asked of the defence.
After that though the visitors started to come into the game and at one point they missed what looked an open goal. Had they scored, matters might have been different but within eight minutes of the re-start, referee Rea spotted a push in the area and awarded Ashford a penalty. Alex Fisher rarely misses from the spot but his shot was saved this time, only for the same player to react first and ram home the rebound.
The game became a little fractious at times but it’s destiny now looked sealed and a fourth goal six minutes from the end of normal play only confirmed it. Once again the scorer was Bitmead who hit a decent effort from the right of the penalty area.
Hopefully the result will give Ashford some vigour for their remaining league matches starting on Saturday with a visit to neighbours Egham Town. As has been said, we are very sorry to see them being relegated but one senses that they will be out to prove a point on Saturday just as they were at Short Lane just after Christmas when we were quite fortunate to take all three points. For anyone who doesn’t know, Egham play at the Runnymede Stadium Wards Place Egham Surrey TW20 8XD and kick-off is as usual, 3.00 p.m.
It is time for supporters to vote for your “Ashford player of the season”. John Gully will be running matters and he will be at Egham and on Monday when we play Bedfont to hand out voting slips. You can also vote by email by sending your choice in to John at firstname.lastname@example.org