Aveley 2 – 1 Ashford

Aveley continue on their rollercoaster ride of a season but this time came a way deservedly with all three points

In front of a freezing crowd of just 112, Rod Stringer’s men engaged in a match full of error and awkwardness from both sides. But Aveley looked by far the better side. Good wide ball play leading to intelligent passing could have put them three nil up by half time.

Martin Tuohy scored his seventeenth league goal of the season in the first half from close range. Ashford equalised with a scrappy goal from a corner before Junior Dadson grabbed the winner with a lovely lob over the keeper from thirty yards.

But the home side held on for a vital three points in what will be an important part of the season for Rod Stringer’s team with some big games coming up. On tuesday night Aveley travel to strugglers Waltham Abbey before big games against Bognor Regis Town and Cray Wanderers.

I just wonder where the support for local football is heading. The crowd here today at Mill Field was reportedly the lowest for two seasons. Why though? Grays and Thurrock were both away as was Dagenham and Redbridge. West Ham were at home but even so. A lovely afternoon , a reasonable standard of football and no one there to see it apart from Aveley’s new drummer and his ten mates who sang throughout!

Apologies for no film this week as my machine ate the tape
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