Scott WeightAshford were one of the few clubs to get their match on over the weekend and it all proved worthwhile with  a fairly substantial win over Northwood by four goals to nil.

There was a degree of trepidation at the start, with three of Wednesday’s back four all missing, namely Russell Canderton (one match suspension), Alex Duffy (unavailable) and Harry Knock (taken ill).  There was no need for concern though, as Ed Thomas resumed his familiar full back role, and Jim Mann and Chris Robinson both justified their selection with excellent matches.  Also starting on the left of midfield was Perry Luckins whose incisive running and precise crossing should have brought more goals.

As it was, Ashford had much of the possession throughout the first half and on that basis should have turned round rather more than one up at the interval, scored by Pietro Palladino, his first since returning to the Club.  He might  have had a hatrick in that first half, just failing to convert two dangerous crosses both from Luckins.

Northwood, always trying to play football, upped their game for periods in the second half and one wondered if the one goal was going to be enough.  They rarely looked too dangerous but it was a relief when the second goal arrived on 74 minutes, this time an unstoppable header from skipper Scott Weight (pictured) from a corner taken by Mark Bitmead.

Four minutes later Ashford were three to the good, when Kofi Lockhart-Adams was on hand when the ball rebounded from the bar and it was Kofi again, at the death, following yet another superb run from Ed Thomas.

Ashford’s points tally would by now have had them in the play-off positions in many leagues but as it was they only went up by one place to ninth in the table.   If the same determination manifests itself in matches to come though, Ashford supporters could be in for an exciting second half of the season.

The next test is a severe one, when, subject to the weather, Ashford travel to Burnham on New Year’s Day (kick-off 3.00 p.m.).   Burnham were top of the table for a while before Christmas but have recently slipped to fourth place.  Having played there already in the Red Insure Cup though, Ashford know it will be a tough match.

Please contact the club (01784 245908) for any news concerning any possible postponement as the writer is unlikely to be able to put any information on the web site on this occasion.

On the player front, Staines have kindly allowed Kyle Merson to stay with us for another month, so he will hopefully be available for much of January.