Ashford were involved in their second 4-3 result in five days but this time they came out on top beating Windsor at Stag Meadow by four goals to three.

There was plenty of good football on display on Windsor’s immaculate surface but the match possibly wasn’t quite as exciting as the scoreline suggests.  Nevertheless, Ashford made an excellent start, with the home side looking vulnerable at the back, especially to the ball over the top but one or two incredible misses, especially one by Dan Fleming when he somehow blazed over from not much more than a yard out, kept the scoreline blank for a while.

Mark Bitmead also had an excellent chance when he was clean through and had only to lob the ball over the onrushing keeper but miscued and lobbed it gently into the custodian’s hands.  The first goal did arrive though before too long and this time good work by Jack Beadle and Bitmead led to a scramble and Fleming made up for his earlier miss by cheekily back heeling the ball into the goal from very close range.

Windsor though came into their own and it was Ashford’s turn to defend.  Sadly they did not do it all that well and by half-time the situation had changed with Windsor scoring twice to go in with a 2-1 lead. One of the goals was a simple affair, headed home from a Rob Lazarczuk missile of a throw in.

Ashford felt that they did not deserve to be behind and promptly did something about it, as Mark Bitmead equalised some four minutes into the second half.  The same player then gave Ashford the lead soon after and Fleming then rounded the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line.

The miss may have been costly as the quick thinking Lazarczuk launched another long throw into the box, which caught the visiting defence asleep and another simple goal ensued to level the scores at three apiece.  Everyone expected more goals but there was only one more and once again it was Fleming swivelling to drive home.

Ashford had a determination about them to hold on this time, which they did fairly comfortably and Bitmead looked as if he should have had a penalty as Windsor keeper Courtnage came racing out again succeeding only in bringing the forward down who was otherwise clean through but it was not deemed to be a foul.

Ashford were satisfied enough with the points with Mitchal Gough winning the Chad Beadle “Man of the Match “ award, with another elegant display.  Bobby Dormer added some steel to Ashford’s defending whilst Max Webb and Tommy Brunton were prominent at times.

Referee Heward, who had a decent match overall, was consistent in his leniency, letting Mark Bitmead off with a fairly violent shove at one point and also Windsor’s Kane Jones who belted the ball at a prostrate Tom Brunton.  It was not generally a feisty match though with both teams always trying to play football.

The three points were vital, with both Camberley and Molesey also recording away wins at Cove and Bedfont Sports respectively, both by the odd goal.  There are a number of “crunch” games coming up in the near future with Ashford travelling to Molesey on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  More on that one tomorrow.

Work to repair/replace the broken fence panels at the ground is starting on Tuesday afternoon at 3.30 p.m.  If anyone can get down to lend a hand, please get along to the ground