An exciting match at Chertsey on Tuesday evening saw Ashford taking all three points in a seven goal thriller, the final score being 4-3 in favour of the visitors.  The Tangerines made two changes to their starting line-up with Scott Weight dropping out to an bruised foot, to be replaced by Jamie Connor, making his full debut and an impressive one it was, whilst Rob Curtis moved across to central defence to partner Russell Canderton, allowing Alex Duffy to return from his one match suspension, at left back.

It was end to end from the start with both sides belying their lowly position in the table but Ashford gradually got on top and were rewarded with a cracking opening goal.  Connor and Mark Bitmead combined to set up a raking pass for Samad Kazi (pictured) who latched on to it, came inside and hit an unstoppable shot past the home keeper.  Ashford looked to be getting on top but it was the home side who scored, equalising eight minutes before half-time.  Their joy was short lived though as Duffy hit a screamer just two minutes later, to restore Ashford’s lead.

When Ashford then made it three soon after half-time through Bitmead, one wondered if a substantial win might be on the cards but all credit to the home side who, far from wilting, came back strongly and on 66 minutes pulled one back, Ashford’s defensive frailities once again to the fore.  Very quickly though, Ashford restored their two goal advantage when Kazi, a live wire all night, hit their fourth and final goal.

Chertsey stubbornly refused to lay down though and reduced the arrears yet again with still 20 minutes left and one wondered just how many more goals there would be in the match.  Ashford had a determined look about them though and although they came close to extending the lead yet again, one miraculous clearance off the line being notable, there were no further goals leaving the visitors to take a much needed three points.

 

Ashford now go on to entertain Kettering Town on Saturday.