Barton RoversAshford travelled to meet Barton Rovers for the first time this season on Tuesday evening and came away with all three points winning by two goals to one.

Several players were unable to make the trip due to injury or work, including Kofi Lockhart-Adams, Bairoh Conteh and Javonne Molloy.  Antonio Simeone was back at the heart of the defence though and proceeded to score the opening goal on 22 minutes, powering home a fierce header from Mark Bitmead’s corner.  At this stage, Ashford were dominant, arguably playing some of their best football all season.  Barton had come into the match on a four game unbeaten run and were no mugs, but it was not a surprise, given the pattern of play, when Joe Bennett, enjoying his best form of the season, finished off a slick move to double the lead before half-time.

The second half saw Barton playing down the slope and pegging us back.  On 65 minutes they scored from the spot, when Simeone was adjudged to have handled.  One wondered if Ashford were going to throw away all the hard work of the first half but even though Barton had more of the possession, there were not too many scares and Ashford continued to look dangerous whenever they broke.  Indeed the visitors almost had the last word when Matt Baxter smashed an effort against the cross bar and might also have had a penalty when he seemed to be bundled over.  Referee Mellor disagreed, stating afterwards that he felt it was no more than a collision.

It didn’t matter though as the final whistle went soon afterwards.  Ashford will have the chance to complete the double over their Bedfordshire opponents as quickly as Saturday, when Barton visit Short Lane. There is certainly no room for complacency though.

On Wednesday evening, the Suburban team were unable to maintain their momentum, which has given them a real chance of winning their division.  They drew two apiece with a very young Berkhamsted side, despite taking the lead on 22 minutes through Javan Alexander who finished coolly and looks a fine prospect.  It looked as if a comfortable win might then be on the cards but two goals in rapid succession from the visitors quickly changed that perception and try as they did, Ashford simply could not get their game going, although they did manage to equalise in the second half when a wicked free kick from wide right found its way into the net from James Stenning.  Either side might have had further goals but the final result was a draw, two goals apiece.

It can now be confirmed that the ladies lost the first game against Tottenham on Sunday by two goals to nil but with a bare eleven did well to share the points in the second match of the double header which finished one each.