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ON THE BEAT WITH ASHTON-JONES

28 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Vicky Ashton-Jones

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Vicky Ashton-Jones had a marathon double shift last weekend, after working the night following the side’s FA Women’s Super League 2 victory over Aston Villa.
 
The centre-back played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Villa, before making the gruelling three-hour journey from Tamworth to Maidstone to start her ten-hour shift as a Kent police officer.
 
She said, “It was a very quick turnaround. I had to shoot off pretty much straight after the game and leave the girls to their lovely ice baths and recovery session after the game.
 
“It’s just short of a three-hour journey from Tamworth to Maidstone and that didn’t factor in any traffic. It gave me an hour to get home, get ready and then travel for work. I had no sleep, but I felt all right.
 
“It was a bit of a mad dash because I had to start work at 9 o’clock that evening and my shift didn’t finish until 7am the next day. It was tough, but it comes with the territory of playing football at the standard we do and the job I have as well.”
 
Thankfully Ashton-Jones had a largely uneventful shift on the beat, and her footballing exploits excused her from driving duties!
 
“I did ask my colleague if he wouldn’t mind driving, because I probably did close to a 350-mile round trip that day, so I was quite grateful he drove that shift, otherwise I would’ve been struggling. There was certainly lots of caffeine involved!
 
“Fortunately the shift itself wasn’t too bad because it was a Sunday night and I was in Canterbury, which is a large student area in freshers’ week. They were being half sensible and in bed at a reasonable hour. Relatively speaking, it wasn’t as horrendous as what it could’ve been.”
 
The experienced centre-back explained that the tight turnaround was worth it after claiming three valuable points against Villa, and will not have another all-nighter to contend with after Sunday’s match against Durham.
 
“It was a hard-fought win. We probably deserved the three points, but it was still a very close game.
 
“Aston Villa are a very tough team to break down and were never going to make it easy for us, so we had to dig in and grind the result out.
 
“It would’ve been a long and hard night if we hadn’t managed to get the win. Lots of people would’ve got shouted at if we didn’t get the right result!
 
“I’ve managed to book annual leave after this Sunday’s game, so I won’t be going through the same thing again this time!”
 
Albion host Durham at the Sussex County FA Headquarters at Culver Road this Sunday, kick-off 12 noon.
 
Advanced tickets for the game are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for 65+/under-16s. Tickets can be purchased in advance at seagullstickets.com.
 
Prices on the day at Culver Road are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for 65+/under-16s. We are also producing a matchday magazine for this game, priced at £2.


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