Ashford Maintain Unbeaten
By William Boye
This weekends clash against Regents Park
Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies continued their impressive start to the season by beating Regents Park Rangers 7-1 at The Barn Elms Playing Fields on Sunday.
With Regents Park only narrowly losing at home and the notable absentees for The Tangerines in Harriet Freeman, Charlotte Baker and Ashley Cheatley this was always going to be a challenge for the travelling team who were looking to maintain their unbeaten start.
It was a cagey affair in the opening minutes of the game, with both sides creating good opportunities to take the lead.
The travelling Tangerines however struck first when Laura Huse shot took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot the goalkeeper and end up in the net (10).
The early lead didn’t stop the home side who went very close shortly after only for Sophie Burgess to pull off a save of the highest nature followed up with a last ditch goal line block from Huse.
Ashford soon appeared to find their rhythm and pushed forward creating plenty of opportunities in the process. Soon enough they were to double their lead after Rebecca French delivered in an inviting cross for Beth Sheehan, who sprung up at the back post to head in her fist goal of the season (35).
Holly Isaacs went close again before the break forcing the Regents Park goalkeeper into another save just before she turned provider for the in-form Lavana Neufville who’s smartly placed short flew into the top corner (42).
The Tangerines came flying out of the blocks in the second half with Dana Johnson leading the line. Johnson went close early on calling the Regents Park defence into action.
Charmaine Benham however was the one who extended Ashford’s lead (50) with a long distance drive that found its way into the bottom corner, a deserved goal for the centre midfielder who worked tirelessly and has added goals to her game this season.
Alissa Down who leads the number of assists chart helped Johnson to Ashford’s fourth (55) then struck one of her own from distance, only to cannon against the crossbar for with the goalkeeper to smother.
With twenty minutes left to play of the game Down delivered another corner that saw Nadia Peter rise the highest and power in a header of the highest quality to also score her first in Ashford colours since her arrival in the summer (70).
Player of the Match, Rebecca French scored a deserved goal of her own (75) and continued to cause issues for the home side with her energy and trickery.
Regents Park grabbed a warranted goal of their own just before the end of the match.
Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies now turn their attention to their FA Cup tie against Kent Football United on Sunday which is a 14:00 kick-of at The Robert Parker Stadium.
We are asking for as much support as possible to progress to the First Round Proper for the second successive season in the competition.