MISSED chances cost Beaconsfield SYCOB the points against Ashford Town on Saturday, admitted boss Byron Walton.

He watched his side squander chance after chance at Holloways Park and then pay the price for their profligacy when Ashford midfielder Mark Bitmead broke the deadlock with a 25-yard strike in the second half.

The Rams missed another late chance but could not cancel out Bitmead's brilliant goal to leave Walton wondering how his team had not been well ahead at half time.

“In front of goal we were poor,” he said. “We had three or four chances to score in the first half but didn't take any of them. We created enough chances but lacked that bit of quality in front of goal.”

It was Adam Bernard who had the first chance with his goal-bound shot blocked by Ashford defender Russell Canderton in the ninth minute.

On 28 minutes Charlie Mpi wriggled his way in from the left to create space in the box only to skew the ball high over the crossbar, and two minutes later he had his team's best chance of the match.

His strength from the long ball posed problems for the Tangerines defence throughout the half and, on this occasion, took Mpi through on goal, but again after doing the hard work of creating the chance, he wasted it by shooting tamely wide.

Lively Bitmead was at the heart of Ashford's attacks on the right and he broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a fine strike to settle the game and leave Beaconsfield's play-off hopes still up in the air.