Ashford Town (Middlesex) stretched their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Aylesbury.

The Moles arrived at the Robert Parker Stadium having won their six previous matches but it was the Ash Trees who started well, Kofi Lockhart-Adams heading over just seconds into the match.  That was the first of several chances created by the home side, but Ashford failed to score and were made to pay for it in the 27th minute when an excellent counter-attack set up Sonny French, whose finish was exemplary.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, the game did not offer much to warm the cockles.  The play was bitty, punctuated by stoppages and unusual weather that hindered Ashford's efforts to play their brand of football although debutant goalkeeper Kyle Merson did catch the eye with his distribution of the ball.

When Ashford did create a goal, it was a memorable strike.  Joe Bennett struck a wonderful cross from the right wing, which Mark Bitmead volleyed home in spectacular fashion. After that, the hosts looked likelier to score a winner, but were unable to do so.  The talking point of the closing minutes was a serious-looking injury to the Moles' Jamie Connor, who was stretchered from the field.  Happily, the injury does not look to be too serious and he was able to walk unaided after treatment.

A full report, plus a new Tank End Talk podcast, will follow.