As predicted by manager Ben Murray, Ashford put the cup defeat against Camberley in midweek to the back of their minds, as they won a hard fought match at Windsor on Saturday by two goals to one.

Neither side did full justice to the excellent surface in the opening stages, play being quite scrappy at times.  Ashford had the greater possession and failed to take two excellent opportunities but it was the Stags who scored first on 18 minutes through Ricardo Cannon.

The second half saw Ashford step up the pressure and just after the hour mark, up popped Mark Bitmead with his 36th goal of the season.   It was mostly Ashford now but the quest for the winning goal was elusive and Windsor had chances of their own.  It was beginning to look as if the spoils would have to be shared but in the 88th minute, Samad Kazi’s pace enabled him to slot the ball home, to give the Tangerines all three points.  The goal was the 100th in the League whilst the three points gave Ashford four more points than they totalled last season with still three league matches to play.

There is now a very busy week to contend with.  On Tuesday evening, we make the short trip to play Hanworth Villa in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup.  Don’t forget that kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

We then have to travel to Redhill on Thursday evening because they had run out of available Tuesdays for re-arrangements. 

To complete a busy week, Sutton Common Rovers are the visitors for our final home match next Saturday.