The importance of not getting carried away with a single result, good or bad, has been stressed often enough but last night’s display at Short Lane against Fleet Town, who themselves had enjoyed a resounding 4-0 win in the League at the weekend, was certainly one to remember for Ashford supporters.

From the first whistle, Ashford looked dominant, the only surprise being that it took until five minutes before half-time to take the lead.  Fleet, who to be fair, never stopped trying to play football, had defended valiantly and with some good fortune, but could not stop Dan Brown finally opening the scoring on forty minutes.

It was 2-0 early in the second period when Kofi Lockhart-Adams tangled with a defender at the near post as both strove to reach a low cross, the ball ending up in the net and just two minutes later it was Mark Bitmead with arguably the best goal of the match, who made it three with an impressive strike.

After that, with Ashford playing some really good stuff at times, it looked only a question as to how many more they might notch in the time that remained.  In the event it was two more, one from sub Joe Bennett coolly finishing within two minutes of his arrival on the pitch, and the final one, fittingly, from Dan Brown who had been a major threat to the Fleet rearguard all evening.

The pitch was in superb condition which must have helped, no goals were conceded for the third match in a row, there were no cautions and the three points took Ashford into the play-off positions, with a game in hand on those above.  The Suburban side also won at Cobham in the Suburban League Cup by a solitary goal, so it was almost a perfect evening, at which it was good to see previous club stalwarts Alan Hughes and Mark Vaughan in attendance.

The previous evening, the Under-18’s returned from Camberley with a creditable one-one draw, ours coming from leading scorer Eva Batousal.  Report to follow.