Ashford Ladies Beat Whyteleafe Ladies in Women's Bostik League Cup
By William Boye
Read all about Thursday night's clash under the lights
Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies beat Whyteleafe Ladies 4-2 on Thursday to put them through to the next round of the Women's Bostik League Cup.
Alissa Down was making her 10th appearance for the Tangerines this season and had a crucial hand in both goals that opened proceedings at The Robert Parker Stadium.
Down delivered an inviting free kick in the third minute which Lavana Neufville steered into the bottom corner only to be denied by the diving goalkeeper however Laura Huse was on hand to tap in the rebound.
The opposition took kick-off and looked to maintain possession from the re-start however played into Ashford's pressing traps. Sofia Carpenter with a perfectly weighted pass into Lavana Neufville's path, picked out the incoming Down whose inch perfect chip flew in to extend the home sides lead.
Whyteleafe played their way back into the game and maintained possession for large portions of the game.
Before half-time The Tangerines struck again. This time the lively Ashley Cheatley picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch before playing in Holly Isaacs who had plenty to do in the final third. Isaacs showed great composure to slide the ball under the goalkeeper to put Ashford 3-0 up.
Bahra Keeping, a long time overachiever for the newly formed B Team was called up for her first appearance for Ashford Ladies this season and showed great quality on the ball.
She even had a hand in The Tangerine's final goal just after Whyteleafe narrowed the deficit just before the hour mark.
Keeping had found the evenings Player of the Match, Nadia Peters making a marauding run forward, Peters latched onto the pass, reached the byline and delivered a driven cross for Cheatley to continue her remarkable scoring record to tap in. Cheetley has scored a goal in every game she has played in this season taking her tally to 28 goals in 10 games.
Whyteleafe pulled one back with a few minutes left on the clock by curling in an unstoppable effort.
The Tangerines who hosted Victorie Ladies on Sunday, having come away victorious knew it was an opportunity to give the successful B Team players much needed game time. It was a proud moment for everyone at the club when Bahra Keeping and Ella Dodd took to the field.
This Sunday sees the return of GLWFL Premier Division action, as Hackney Women visit.