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Ashford Town 1 v 1 Hartley Wintney

Post by KOB - 27-03-2016, 10:40

A memorable choice of venue and timing for Ross to notch our 100th league goal of the season, 2 minutes into injury time, and I felt we deserved it overall. The, as always excellent, video highlights by Trevor at TRStv give a good impression of how close and end-to-end the game was throughout, but on the day it seemed a game turned on its head. We totally dominated the first half hour but couldn't convert our dominance into goals, while Ashford, with their first serious attack of the half, took the lead with a good finish on 38 minutes. After that we suddenly found ourselves under pressure, and when Sam was rugby tackled and raked down his achilles and was hobbling for the remaining minutes of the half, we looked more vulnerable, but right at the end Shane's looping header came off the post. It seemed as if it was destined to be 'one of those days'. We went in 1 down and that felt harsh. But in the second half Ashford overall were the better going forward I thought, and had it not been for Craig pulling off three excellent saves - and the Ashford right-back shanking his shot after a great run through our defence - we'd have been out of it. But we also created chances of our own, Steve Duff's swerving shot parried well by the keeper and Dean unable to turn it in due to good covering defence.

Ross Cook, returning from injury, had come on for Sam Argent at half-time. Both sides were battling with the wet, windy conditions and deserve a lot of credit for serving up a match befitting a top of the table clash. It went to the wire and a good old lump up field by Steve Noakes, part clearance, part last ditch 'get it into the mixer' was headed on, perfectly weighted, by Shane for Ross to get it under control, flick it up and around his marker, and then head it passed the onrushing Town keeper. Superb, classic Rossie control and finish, sparking a great celebration on and off the pitch. After suffering last minute disappointment ourselves this season, isn't it nice when it goes your way. It made the drive home a whole lot nicer, boosted still more by listening to the England T20 side win and then later watching England come from 2 down to beat Germany in Berlin - can a Saturday of sport get much better?! Well done boys, not least for battling till the very end.

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