With Ricky Farnden unavailable, Ashford were delighted to see Lewis Taylor back in defence, partnering George Marks against Raynes Park Vale on Saturday.  Up front Bradley Wainwright was given another opportunity to make his mark with Dan Fleming kept in reserve on the bench, along with Russell Canderton and Scott Weight

The game started with a bang, with no less than three goals in the first eight minutes.  The visitors got the show on the road with just three minutes on the clock with the Ashford defence seemingly frozen.  It took just two minutes though for the Tangerines to level with Wainwright being barged off the ball to give the referee an easy decision to award a penalty.  Up stepped Alex Fisher who duly scored to make it his second from the spot in as many matches.

Three minutes after that Samad Kazi was in the right place to make it 2-1 and when Jack Beadle made it 3-1 with barely twenty minutes on the clock, Ashford supporters settled down in the anticipation of a goal fest.  The match though lost its intensity to a degree and the visitors showed why they are in 6th place at times as they mounted some attacks of their own, hitting the woodwork twice and seeing Tyler Tobin making two good stops.  Overall though, Ashford remained in the ascendancy and both Wainwright and Kazi missed opportunities to increase the lead.

The second half did not have the excitement that the early stages of the first half had provided and the game seemed to be just meandering along.  With an hour on the clock though, Ashford were jolted out of their complacency when Callum Forbes drew his side back into the match with a second goal for the visitors.

Ashford remained calm though and restored the two goal margin, arguably with the goal of the match, when Tommy Brunton hit a rocket with his right foot to give the keeper no chance and that was it.  Young sub Harry Herdman came on showing some nice touches and he may well get more 1st Team exposure as the season progresses.

There were no further goals and whilst the victory suggested that Ashford are now just about back on form, there was a lingering feeling that the margin of victory could have been higher.  Samad Kazi was voted by supporters as “Ashford Man of the Match” although there was more than one contender

There is another home game on Tuesday evening when Ashford will meet Epsom Athletic from Division One for the first time ever, in the 2nd Round of the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  More on that one and news on the Ladies tomorrow.