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Sibia setback as game goes West

PUBLISHED: 17:57 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010

By Simon Jackson WEST Hampstead lost their first home match of the season, going down 3-2 to Ashford after letting a two-goal lead slip at Brent Cross. Jamie Dru s men looked set to build on their win at Henley when they led 2-0 after 20 minutes with goal

By Simon Jackson

WEST Hampstead lost their first home match of the season, going down 3-2 to Ashford after letting a two-goal lead slip at Brent Cross.

Jamie Dru's men looked set to build on their win at Henley when they led 2-0 after 20 minutes with goals from Jason Brooks and Harry Willetts.

But West took their foot off the gas and allowed Ashford to get a goal back before the break. In the second half the visitors wore West down and netted twice to clinch victory.

"I thought the first 20 minutes were brilliant, but in the last 20 we just didn't perform," said West coach Harvinder Sibia.

"We played really well for much of the second half and kept 70 to 80 per cent of possession. But we had three short corners which we wasted and allowed Ashford to get back into the match.

"I think the oomph is not there because of our fitness levels. We need to play at our best for the full 70 minutes in every game."

Ashford began brightly and attacked relentlessly, but West rebuffed the early onslaught and opened the scoring with a breakaway goal from Brooks.

The Brent Cross outfit looked in total control of the South League Division Two clash when Tom Bullock doubled their advantage with a goal from Adam Fox in open play in the 20th minute.

But Ashford started to win more of the ball and their efforts paid off when they broke through on the left of West's defence to score shortly before the break.

West had the bulk of the possession in the second half but failed to score despite being awarded a trio of penalties.

And they paid the price when Sam Handley levelled for the visitors midway through the half, before Chris Pearce bagged a 55th minute winner.

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