Daventry TownAshford travelled to Daventry on Saturday but came away with nothing, losing by two goals to one.

Matt Baxter gave Ashford the lead with a clever lob over the home keeper but Daventry equalised shortly afterwards from a free kick.  This spurred the home side on and matters looked ominous at the start of the second half when they took the lead just two minutes in.  For a while it was all hands to the pump as far as Ashford were concerned but they rallied and at the end of it deserved better than to lose this game, although to an extent they can only blame themselves, squandering so many chances to score.

Referee Evans also had a big hand in it.  He was the referee who singled out Chris Robinson at Rugby for a dismissal but he capped it at Daventry yesterday by refusing an absolutely blatant penalty in the final moments of the match when Matt Baxter was fouled.  No-one could quite believe that he didn’t give it.

Two days earlier, Ashford fought out a 1-1 draw at home to Thatcham.  Ashford were well on top in the first half and led by a special goal from Joe Bennett, who cut in past three defenders before striking home a fierce left foot shot from the edge of the area..  Thatcham though equalised very soon after half-time and after that either team could have won, most agreeing that a draw was the appropriate result.

We now go on to play Barton Rovers for the first time this season on Tuesday evening, at their ground with the return at Short Lane next Saturday.

It is another busy midweek, with the Under-18’s at home to Wingate & Finchley on Monday evening, and the Suburban side at home to Berkhamsted on Wednesday evening.  The Suburban lads have a great chance of not only gaining promotion but winning their division, so please pop down and support them if you can.