Ashford faced an in-form Bedfont Sports on Saturday and just managed to come out on top, winning by three goals to two in an intriguing match, in front of a sizeable attendance, augmented by a number of junior players and their parents.  Thank you for your attendance.

All the goals came in the second half, although Ashford came closest in the first period when Samad Kazi, pushed further forward for this match, almost broke the deadlock with the last kick of the half as his excellent effort hit the post and rebounded to safety.  He also had another effort disallowed for offside.  There were other opportunities whilst for the visitors Matt Baxter always looked dangerous but there were no goals at the break.  Ashford supporters were happy though that Ashford were performing far better than they had at Raynes Park Vale on Tuesday evening.

The second half started with a bang as the visitors took the lead.  A miskick allowed Baxter in and he made no mistake.  Two minutes later though Ashford were level.  An effort from Scott Weight was only partially cleared and with a defender confusing his keeper, Jack Beadle was on hand to knock the ball into an empty net.

Ten minutes later Ashford went in front when Perry Luckins, unmarked at a corner kick, smashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Bedfont though were no spent force and levelled the scores, once again through Baxter, who scored from close range when Ashford failed to clear.

Ashford continued to press though and a rather odd goal four minutes from the end of normal time secured the winner and it was Ashford “man of the match” Samad Kazi who scored it from a cross, nipping in front of the keeper although it was unclear which part of his anatomy actually put the ball in the net.

The result was all important, as it got Ashford back on the winning trail and with a decent performance generally against opponents who are building a strong squad under Paul Johnson.

It’s one match at a time of course and the next one comes up very quickly, on Monday evening, away to Sutton Common Rovers.  More on that one later.

Contrary to a recent statement, Monday’s match will not be the first time Ashford have played a competitive match on an artificial surface as we did, of course, play several games at the old Feltham Arena against Feltham FC.  One or two of our older supporters have been quick to point that out.