Kofi Lockhart-AdamsAshford’s new found determination ensured a draw against second placed Royston Town who were visiting Short Lane for the first time.  The visitors soon showed why they are where they are in the table playing good controlled football but found it difficult to break down an Ashford back four, buoyed by the excellent Kyle Merson in goal.  Kyle pulled off one tremendous save but Ashford were well in the game and eventually took the lead.  Joe Bennett made the goal with a determined run down the right flank, sending over a low cross that saw Kofi Lockhart-Adams sweeping home from close range.

In the early part of the second half, the visitors once again had the greater share of possession, leading to an equaliser when the otherwise excellent Bairoh Conteh gave away a free kick just outside the area.  Merson made a great save to keep out the first effort but it was a Royston man, Ryan Lockett, who was quickest to the loose ball, to level the scores.

In the end that was it:  Ashford were more in the match in the latter stages and Mark Bitmead, often deadly from free kicks, had two opportunities but saw one effort go high and wide and another come back off the wall.  Royston also hit the woodwork with an effort that initially looked as if it was going comfortably wide but Ashford who worked incredibly hard to a man, will not be too disappointed with their efforts, which keep them in the top half of the table and extend the latest unbeaten run to four matches.

Two more tough matches now follow:  on Tuesday, Ashford go to AFC Wimbledon in the Surrey Senior Cup whilst next Saturday they are on the road again at the latest table toppers Rugby Town.  More on both matches during the week.