Ashford Pride In Opening Day Win

Ashford Town (Middx) 9-1 Millwall Lionesses

Words and Photos by Ben Gilby

Above: Millwall goalkeeper Millie Carter makes a save at Ashford Town yesterday. Photo: Ben Gilby.

Yesterday, Impetus made our first visit to partner club Ashford Town (Middx) for their opening day Tier Five London & South-East Regional Football League Premier Division game against Millwall Lionesses.

Above: Ashford Town pile on the pressure in the Millwall penalty box. Photo: Ben Gilby.

The Tangerines are one of the favoured sides to be contesting the promotion places to the National League and they overcame a frustrating start to comfortably defeat the newly promoted Lionesses.

Millwall took an early lead with a freak goal with their first attack of the game when the ball looped up and over Ashford Town keeper Sophie Shults.

Above: Impetus sponsored Ashley Cheatley (left) in a battle for possession for Ashford Town. Photo: Ben Gilby

Ashford began to take control and were desperately unlucky not to level when Impetus sponsored hot shot Ashley Cheatley saw her shot come crashing back off of the cross bar and the follow up attempts rebounded off of the same piece of woodwork.

It didn’t take long for the Tangerines to find the net and they went in at the break 5-1 ahead. By full-time it was 9-1 as Lavana Neufville hit four goals, Impetus sponsored Ashley Cheatley two, Alissa Down two and Phoebe Head one. Cheatley also hit the post near the end. Millwall were unlucky not to add at least one goal to their tally with Shults pulling off a sensational second half save to push the ball over the bar.

Above: Ashford Town goalkeeper Sophie Shults makes a stunning second half save. Photo: Ben Gilby

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Artwork: Ashford Town (Middx)

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