Fine fin­ishes any­thing but Ca­sual for Ash­ford

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A WORK­MAN­LIKE per­for­mance al­lied to two stun­ning goals en­abled Ash­ford Town to progress to the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round of the FA Cup at the ex­pense of Corinthian-Ca­su­als.

On another lovely late sum­mer day, the cho­co­late and pink of the Ca­su­als con­trasted well with Ash­ford’s tan­ger­ine and white stripes.

Both sides were equally bright in the open­ing stages but it was the home team who started to look more threat­en­ing, and so it proved on 25 min­utes when Dan Flem­ing held the ball up well be­fore re­leas­ing Mark Bit­mead whose su­perla­tive left foot strike gave Ca­su­als keeper Danny Braken no chance in the vis­i­tors’ goal.

Four min­utes later Flem­ing dou­bled the lead with an equally im­pres­sive effort although Ca­su­als felt Russ Can­der­ton had fouled an op­po­nent in the build up. It was not given and Ash­ford were look­ing good.

Though clearly not at their best Ca­su­als are not a poor side by any means, and as half-time ap­proached and as they started to make in­roads down their left flank in par­tic­u­lar, where Joe Green found him­self ex­posed on oc­ca­sions, there were some dis­turb­ing echoes of Ash­ford’s match against Egham the pre­vi­ous Mon­day.

The dif­fer­ence this time was Ash­ford kept their op­po­nents at bay and Samad Kazi pro­tected his goal su­perbly.

The sec­ond half was rel­a­tively even but there were no fur­ther goals, although near the end Ash­ford could have made it safe for cer­tain but Bit­mead, usu­ally Dead-eye Dick from the spot, spurned the op­por­tu­nity for a third goal as he shot straight at the keeper.

The out­come was look­ing in­evitable and the vis­i­tors’ cause was not helped when sub Reyon Dil­lon kicked the ball away in frus­tra­tion and, hav­ing al­ready been booked, was sent off.

In­deed, Ca­su­als had rather lost some dis­ci­pline at this point with ar­gu­ments break­ing out with each other on more than one oc­ca­sion.

Ash­ford were drawn away against Mar­low on Mon­day for the FA Cup sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round, with added in­ter­est this time as the Con­fer­ence North and South clubs come into the fray for ties to be played on Satur­day Septem­ber 16.

That in turn means the sched­uled home match against Ayles­bury United on that day will have to be re-ar­ranged.

Ash­ford’ Ladies first ever Women’s FA Cup match was al­most called off on Sun­day with their op­po­nents Head­ing­ton Ladies hav­ing no suit­able pitch, but the game was trans­ferred to Short Lane at the last minute and Ash­ford duly showed their cre­den­tials with a 17-0 win over their op­po­nents and now go into the sec­ond round away to ei­ther War­grave or Ben­son.

Ash­ley Cheat­ley, now firmly back with the Tan­ger­ines, notched 10 of the goals af­ter Ash­ford were 7-0 up at half-time.

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