A very Youthful looking Tangerines took to the field today looking to improve on the performance away at Rugby Town, Ashford from the start where looking in positive mood and did not once look like a side that will be fighting relegation as some seem to think. Royston themselves arrived in a very positive mood as well but it was not long before they realised they had to put in a full shift for all three points, both sides had a nice balance about them and some fast flowing football had the crowd smiling. Ashford had the first clear cut chance ten minutes into the first half which Crows keeper George Lawton parried away with not an Ashford player looking to pick up the bits and pieces in the box. Royston themselves now started to create some goal scoring opportunities and the Ashford defence had a resilience about them today. Both sides now in very buoyant mood continued to apply pressure, just after the half hour mark a reckless challenge on Scott Weight resulted in a straight Red Card for Royston’s Lewis Endacott and in line with the rules of the game there was only going one outcome. So with the away side down to Ten men could the Tangerines use the extra man to an advantage, it appeared not as on 37 minutes a free kick awarded on the edge of the Ashford penalty area found the unmarked Craig Hammond to head home the opening goal giving Ashford goalkeeper Tyler Tobin no chance. Ashford dusted themselves down and continued to play some lovely football.

After the break it was the Tangerines who looked the more likely winners but for some excellent goalkeeping from  Lawton frustrated the homeside time after time and with clearances off the Royston line one wondered where a goal would come from. Royston to their credit with a man down worked tirelessly and continued to probe away and create the odd chance with no real threat on goal. On the 90 minute mark qaseem sotonwa was dismissed for a second yellow, this had no bearing on the result but will give the management Team selection worries with another suspension on the horizon, discipline has been a problem in the early part of the season and will to be rectified very quickly as the majority have been avoidable. On 92 minutes the away side secured all three points through Ingress.

On the whole Ashford gave a great account of themselves against a very good Royston team whom im sure will be amongst those challenging for honours at the end of the campaign, but there is a lot to be taken from the game by a very Young Ashford side who are to good to go down and will achieve the results they deserve in the very near future now they are finding form that we all know had not been shown over the last several weeks. Man of the match today is Scott Weight.