Ashford were unable to build upon the two previous home wins on Saturday, losing 1-2 away to Aylesbury United, at Chesham FC.

Ashford patron Russell Grant was in attendance but even he could not have predicted such a flat performance with too many experienced players off their game.  That said, the result could still be considered a little harsh as Ashford did enough to merit a draw but the form that sent Marlow crashing on Tuesday was just not there.

There were no goals in the first half, although an effort from Jacki Beadle was ruled out for offside.  In the second half though on a dreary day weather wise it was Aylesbury who went ahead from the spot when Samad Kazi’s desperate tackle from behind  was adjudged a foul.  This was on 54 minutes.

The goal saw Ashford come to life and it took just two minutes to equalise, a corner being met by a thumping header from the unmarked Max Webb, to make the scores level.

One hoped that this would be the spark for Ashford to take the match by the scruff of the neck and go on to win and the Tangerines certainly played better than in the first half.  There were two half hearted penalty shouts but they would both have been harsh on the home side who then further stunned the Tangerines with a second and ultimately the winning goal with six or so minutes left on the clock.

Ashford can do no more than congratulate their opponents who certainly did not look like a side close to the foot of the table and re-group for the next game which is not until next Saturday when another tough match is in the offing as we entertain AFC Dunstable, kick-off 3.00 p.m. at Short Lane.

There is no youth match this week so at least the pitch will now have a good rest now before Saturday’s match.