With over three quarters of the match having passed, and no goals, few would have predicted the eventual outcome, which saw Ashford racking up another away win by three goals to nil at Hanworth Villa on Saturday.

With most of the missing players from Tuesday evening back in the squad, Ben Murray named a strong team, despite the absence of skipper Russell Canderton, who sustained a knock against Enfield Town and Dan Fleming, unavailable.

In a biting wind both sides struggled to put any meaningful moves together in the first half.  It is fair to say that Ashford enjoyed the greater amounts of possession and chances but neither keeper was in serious trouble.  The second half followed much the same pattern.  Villa always looked dangerous on the break but as the match went on, it was the visitors who looked more likely to make the break through, and so it proved in the 80th minute when excellent work by Mark Bitmead was thwarted by the ever competent Terry Buss in the Villa goal.  The ball ran loose though and it was Jack Beadle, later afforded the Ashford “man of the match” accolade, who finally latched on to it and struck home.

Villa had little time to react as within three minutes Max Webb elegantly slotted home the second goal.  Quite frankly it looked as it may have been offside but the assistant waved play on and it did not detract from the excellent finish.

To emphasise it was Ashford’s day a third goal arrived shortly afterwards and it was Beadle again whose curiously looped effort caught Buss out as it landed in the back of the net.  Again there was a touch of good fortune about the goal but the win keeps Ashford very much in the title race.  After conceding six on Tuesday, albeit at a Ryman Premier club, the defence was solid throughout with Will Boye and Samad Kazi dominant at the back, whilst Tyler Tobin’s handling was immaculate in goal.

The next match is due to be away to Chessington & Hook United in the quarter final of the League Cup on Tuesday but due to the problems they are experiencing with their pitch, the match may be transferred to Short Lane.  As soon as a decision has been reached, sometime later today, the information will be put on here.