Frustration is all part of the game in football but Ashford felt it more keenly than usual on Tuesday evening, when they allowed neighbours Egham Town to grab an equaliser in the 93rd minute, after more or less dominating proceedings for the whole of the second half, in which the Tangerines played some excellent football but could not manage the second goal that would almost certainly have made the match theirs.

With skipper Russell Canderton’s back still causing him problems, Ashford fielded the same side as the one that beat Barton on Saturday and were soon into their stride.  Both sides had chances but Ashford generally looked to have the edge and Aaron Bufton in Egham’s goal was the Sarnie’s saviour more than once.

Ashford finally got their noses in front just before half-time and it was a quality strike from Dan Fleming, who seems to have re-captured his zest and when Dan is on form he is a threat to any defence at this level.  So it proved as he unleashed a thunderbolt from distance that gave even the excellent Bufton no chance as it rocketed into the top of the net.

The second half saw Ashford upping their game and at times it was a pleasure to watch against opponents who are certainly no mugs.  Indeed Egham defended with their lives, with Reece Yorke, who played one match for the Tangerines on loan 3-4 seasons ago at the heart of it.  When Egham were able to mount any kind of forward momentum, it usually came from a long ball which on this occasion created few problems for the visiting defence.

As time went on, with an acrobatic goal line clearance preventing a second goal, it looked as if Ashford would have to settle for a solitary goal win but a one goal lead is always precarious and in the 3rd minute of stoppage time, Egham won a corner on their left flank.  In it swung and it was the Sarnies’ Mitchell Wiseman who reacted first to head home and give his side a share of the points.

It seemed a crushing blow in that moment as Ashford at times had looked back to their best.  On reflection though it was four points from two successive away matches and re-gained confidence as Ashford look forward to the home game against Beaconsfield Town (previously SYCOB) on Saturday, followed by a further home match against Aylesbury United next Tuesday.

The “Hitchcock & King Ashford player of the match” as voted by supporters went to Elliott Poley who has waited a long time for his chance but is starting to look extremely confident in the right back role.  There was no-one who could be criticised though last night.

It is not always so easy to find the money just before Christmas but Ashford have a special offer on for supporters for the next two matches.  Anyone paying the full entry price on Saturday of £9 will receive a voucher entitling them to pay just £5 for the match on Tuesday against Aylesbury United.  There will be a similar reduction for concession tickets, with OAP’s only having to pay £1 on Tuesday if they obtain a voucher at Saturday’s match.  In addition, season ticket holders attending on Saturday will be given a voucher entitling them to a complimentary burger or hot dog on Tuesday.