Jack MullanThings looked bleak for a depleted Ashford side at the start of Saturday’s match at Godalming, with the home side taking the lead in just the second minute.  Ashford then lost Harry Knock to a late tackle, to swell the growing injury list although his replacement, Rob Curtis, who has not figured in the 1st Team since the early part of the season settled so well that Harry was not unduly missed.  Three other players from the Suburban side made up the squad.

A direct Godalming side, including a number of ex-Ashford players, seemed intent upon imposing their physical attributes with some very poor tackles early on and Ashford looked in danger of crumbling with Godalming doubling their lead before the half-hour mark and scorning further opportunites.

Scott Weight was though an inspirational figure for the Tangerines as they realised they would have to start getting their own tackles in, and it actually became a decent match with certainly no holds barred.  Without their skipper Adam Foulser, the home side did not look that solid at the back and Ashford got the lifeline they needed on the stroke of half-time when Jack Mullan (pictured) got the vital touch, following a somewhat soft free kick, taken by Alex Duffy whose lofted ball caused consternation in the home ranks before Mullan made it count.

That gave Ashford the impetus to go at their opponents in the second period down the slope, and it was not a major surprise when Ashford man of the match Scott Weight headed in the equaliser soon after the hour mark.  Mario Quiassaca, energetic throughout, then missed an open goal whilst a realistic penalty appeal was turned down.  Godalming were not exactly a spent force though and when a snap shot and to be fair a very decent effort from Warren Harris found the corner of the net with nine minutes on the clock, it seemed that all Ashford’s efforts had been in vain.

To their great credit there was no slacking of effort and in the first minute of stoppage time the visitors secured a deserved equaliser when Pietro Palladino somehow got the ball into the net from an acute angle via the post and it just crossed the line before a defender cleared the ball. Fortunately the assistant was on hand to confirm that the ball had indeed found the net although there was no real argument about it.