Wokingham & Emmbrook 1 – 1 Ashford
Wednesday 12 August 2020 | Preseason Friendly
Ashford tested out new systems and ideas in a well played out draw away to Wokingham & Emmbrook.
It was a journey into the unknown for Ashford as they made their cautious way through the road works strewn town of Wokingham in Berkshire for the first ever meeting between the clubs. certainly in Wokingham & Emmbrook’s current guise.
This is far from criticism, given the difficult hot conditions that have prevailed recently, but it was a fact that the pitch, hard and bumpy in places, did not lend itself to the type of skilful football seen in the two previous friendly matches. Manager Luke Tuffs is trying out new formations all the time but in playing out a watchable one-one draw, Ashford were possibly surprised by the application of their opponents. Wokingham & Emmbrook were more than up for the game. As befitted a team almost certainly robbed of promotion to Step 5 at the end of the aborted 19-20 season.
The first half was goalless. With neither side able to gain any clear ascendency, despite their endeavours. An Ashford claim for a penalty fell on deaf ears whilst the home side missed possibly the best chance of the half but it remained scoreless at half-time.
The second half, as in previous games, saw Ashford starting to put some impressive moves together and there were times when it was all hands to the pumps as far as the home defence was concerned. Working extremely hard to keep the Tangerines at bay. When they were able to, Wokingham were fast on the break and it was from one such move around 65 minutes when they took the lead. An attack which started from a long clearance found the Tangerines’ defence somewhat missing in action. From 70 yards away there looked a suspicion of offside but there was little protest and the goal stood.
It was after this that Ashford started to really put some football together and it was only a few minutes later when the equaliser arrived. Kane Fitzgerald absolutely thundered the ball home following a cross from Dan Brown, getting a full 90 minutes under his belt.
That was it for what was a well fought out preseason friendly. We would like to thank Wokingham for their excellent hospitality after the game. Very much appreciated. All the best to them for the rest of the season.
Photographs courtesy of Andrew Batt : https://twitter.com/andrewbatt5
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