A day when everything that could go wrong did!
Ashford United 4-1 The Mead
We all know that December is a giving month, and sadly for the Mead is was also 13th time lucky as lowly Ashford United celebrated their first win since the end of September in what in the end was somewhat spectacular circumstances.
It was a day when literally anything that could go wrong did - Harvey Brand's return from injury lasted just 45 minutes as the thread bare squad was once again stretched beyond breaking point as Harvey hobbled out of the game at the break - as the Mead went behind inside three minutes. That said the response then was more or less instant as Danny Parish headed home his sixth goal in nine games for the Mead but that was sadly as good as it got as despite creating numerous chances, it was Ashford who lead at half-time.
The second half began again with the Mead creating chances only for two sensational second half strikes from Watters to complete his hat-trick (he'd put the home side back in front) really did rub salt into the wounds for the Gaffer returning to one of his former clubs and left the Mead licking some pretty big wounds as they returned home to start a run of three home BOSTIK games in eight days.
The Mead were behind inside the opening minutes as Richeford opened the scoring for the home side before the Mead responded almost instantly when Danny headed Ellis Green's centre into the corner of the net. Lewis Carey then excelled as a low drive from Jackson skidded across the damp artificial surface and Lewis got down well to turn the ball aside before the Mead got into their stride - but sadly on this day it was that final ball into the box or final touch that wasn't present. Danny was denied by the keeper's legs after being fed through by Laurent Mendy; Ellis fired wide when well placed; Danny had a shot cleared off the line; Richard Pacquette was denied a tap in by a fabulous defensive touch before Laurent's header was well held by the keeper. With the Mead threatening every time they went forward it was an even bigger
surprise when Watters waltzed through to put the home side back in front.
The start of the second half saw an amazing sequence that really showed it wasn't the visitors day. Danny and Richard very both denied and from the resulting corner Jake McIntyre's powered header was hacked off the line.
The game was finally put out of the Mead's reach with two goals in three minutes within the final twenty minutes with Watters netting both - the first a stunning drive from distance; the second a bullet from the edge of the box that gave Lewis no chance.
There's a phrase in football about wake-up calls and nightmares - sadly these ninety minutes on the first football day of Christmas certainly does qualify for the "Nightmare before Christmas" category!
THE MEAD - Carey, Brand (Duyile), Laker (Kinch), Anidugbe, Avery, McIntyre, Green, O'Connor, Pacquette (Vines), Parish, Mendy
Sub - Ovenden