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Witham Town
Maldon & Tiptree
J Ashman (27')
Full time
Mon 22 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 130

A "huge point" left Ashford pleased with Witham's reaction


"huge point"

MANAGER Mark Ashford hailed the "huge point" that his Witham Town team earned in their Bostik League division north game against Maldon & Tiptree and the response of his players to some harsh words after their defeat at Brentwood Town.

On the back of a five-game losing run heading into the Easter weekend, Witham's bid for division north survival took a blow on Saturday when a dismal display saw them beaten 3-1 at Brentwood.

However, after a few home truths in the wake of that match, they turned things around against second-placed Maldon.Johnny Ashman's wonder free-kick put Witham head and although they were pegged back in the second half, they held on for an invaluable result and Ashford was quick to praise his players for their reaction.

"It was a huge point against Maldon," he said.

"Talk about a weekend that typified the highs and lows of football.

"I was at probably my lowest ebb of the season after the Brentwood game on Saturday as I saw that game as a great opportunity for us to get ourselves safe after how well we'd played against Dereham in the game before.

"Training had gone well and I expected the players to rise to the challenge but we just did not perform. "There were some, like Sam Owusu, Johnny Ashman, jack Lelliott and Pat Ahern who gave a good account of themselves, but there were others who hadn't prepared properly despite being warned about the warm weather conditions and there were some who appeared to not care enough about the club they were playing for."We had a bit of an inquest on the pitch after the game when some harsh words were spoken and people were called out.

"I was concious at the time that it may break the team, but I didn't feel I could let that game go and it needed something drastic said and done.

"All credit to the players as they did respond against Maldon.

"Some took it harshly and were struggling to deal with it but there was generally a good response.

"The players had some words among themselves afterwards as well and that was maybe overdue as it got things out of the system."Players who had had fingers pointed at them stood up against a Maldon and Tiptree side who are one of the best in the league.

"On paper it was a tough task for us and I thought our goal difference advantage over Romford could be wiped out if we played the same way as we had against Brentwood, but the players fought and scrapped for everything and it was good to see us get a deserved point.

"We were massive underdogs, but it was a massive performance in front of a good crowd and to put in that type of display in front of everyone was superb."

Witham now head to Basildon United for the final game of the season.

They are one place outside the relegation places and sit above Romford - the only side that can drag them into the drop zone - on goal difference.

By Simon Spurgeon

Key moments

Goal Johnny Ashman scores for Witham Town


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78:00 Yellow Card
micheal osei saahene is yellow carded for Witham Town
73:00 Sub On
jayke welch is substituted on for Witham Town
73:00 Sub Off
liam whipps is substituted off for Witham Town
73:00 Sub On
tom monk is substituted on for Witham Town
73:00 Sub Off
luke foster is substituted off for Witham Town
60:00 Yellow Card
Luca Collins is yellow carded for Witham Town
57:00 Yellow Card
Johnny Ashman is yellow carded for Witham Town
45:00 Yellow Card
liam whipps is yellow carded for Witham Town
End of period 1
32:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Tirivanhu is yellow carded for Witham Town
27:00 Goal 1 - 0
Johnny Ashman scores for Witham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Witham Town
  • Maldon & Tiptree
  • 0
  • Johnny Ashman Goal 27:00'
  • Andrew Tirivanhu Yellow Card 32:00'
  • liam whipps Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Johnny Ashman Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Luca Collins Yellow Card 60:00'
  • jayke welch Sub On 73:00'
  • liam whipps Sub Off 73:00'
  • tom monk Sub On 73:00'
  • luke foster Sub Off 73:00'
  • micheal osei saahene Yellow Card 78:00'

Team selection

Collins, Luca Collins, Luca
coyle, kevin coyle, kevin
whipps, liam whipps, liam
odelusi, siju odelusi, siju
osei saahene, micheal osei saahene, micheal
Ahern, Patrick Ahern, Patrick
Tirivanhu, Andrew Tirivanhu, Andrew
Owusu, Sam Owusu, Sam
Lelliott, jack Lelliott, jack
foster, luke foster, luke
Ashman, Johnny Ashman, Johnny

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Dereham Town 38 44
15. Great Wakering Rovers 38 41
16. Soham Town Rangers 38 40
17. Basildon United 38 39
18. Witham Town 38 34
19. Romford 38 34
20. Mildenhall Town 38 27

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