|January 31 2018||7:45 pm||Middx Charity Cup 2||2017|
It’s always nice to beat neighbours Ashford Town, especially in a cup tie, but the most satisfying thing about Tuesday’s game was the fact that we didn’t concede a goal. Before this game our last clean sheet was on the 15th August, 32 games ago, so this result was long overdue.
This victory, in the 2nd round of the Middlesex Charity Cup, was well deserved as the lads produced their best 90 minutes in a long time. We looked competitive from the first whistle and didn’t have to wait too long to take the lead.
With Lovers returning from suspension Chris Ogunlana was switched to the left and it seemed a master stroke when, in the 10th minute, he carried the ball forward, cut inside, and hit a great strike from 25 yards into the top corner. No doubt one of the best goals he’s ever scored.
We had a number of good goal scoring chances before we finally doubled our lead in the 28th minute. A weak defensive header was pounced on by Cyril Ocansey who easily lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box giving us a 2 goal cushion to take into the break.
Ashford came out for the 2nd half with their tails up and started to put our defence under increasing pressure. Strong defending from Baige, Dillers, Jermaine and Lovers meant that our hosts were allowed very few clear cut chances and, on the odd occasion that they were, they found Alex Partridge in good form in our goal.
In truth we didn’t look troubled, and with Cyril and new signing Charlie McKee working the Ashford defence hard we could have increased our lead. Another honourable mention should go to another new signing, Jules Gauvin who produced a hard working performance in mid-field.
In the next round we are at home to either Rayners Lance or Harrow Borough but, before then, we will be looking for more performances like this, and more of those clean sheets