Ashford’s Suburban League team managed an astonishing turn round on Tuesday evening, when they turned a two-nil deficit with fifteen minutes left into a 3-2 victory against Barton Rovers, to keep their divisional championship aspirations on track.

It was an excellent match, well refereed, but it was Barton who got their noses in front after half-time and when they scored a second, it looked for all the world as if the points were returning to Bedfordshire.  However, the introduction of Luke Wilson and Javan Alexander from the bench seemed to inspire Ashford and it was the experienced Nick Hardy who pulled one back with just under 15 minutes left.  That was quickly followed by an equaliser when Tommy Mooney burst through to beat the excellent Richard Wilmot in the Barton goal.

Barton understandably looked shell shocked and the winning goal came soon afterwards, this time from the spot when the referee spotted a foul, deemed to be just inside the area.  Robbie Sitch took it and made no mistake to give Ashford a big victory.  It was good to see so many of the players staying behind after the match to celebrate the win, which puts Ashford level on points with Leighton Town at the top of the League with a game in hand.  Royston have a game in hand on Ashford and are four points behind.  The next one up for Ashford is a home game against Tring Athletic Reserves next Monday evening.

On to this evening (Tuesday) and Ashford 1st Team make the short trip to Chertsey Town, where they may encounter two previous Ashford players in Matt Holley and Arafat Kabuye, who made one appearance in Ashford colours at the start of the 2010-2011 season.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.