Ashford’s recently discovered momentum was competently maintained on Saturday as they recorded a reasonably convincing win over Leighton Town by three goals to one, thanks to goals from Scott Weight, Rhys Price and Tommy Brunton.  With fellow relegation rivals Chertsey and North Greenford both losing, it gives Ashford heart that with still thirteen matches to go and now just six points adrift of the latter, that momentum can be maintained and what seemed inevitable relegation a few weeks ago, avoided.

Great credit must go to manager Ben Murray who has stuck to his principles and is finally being rewarded.  Much of the improvement can probably be put down to the new forward pairing of Conor Moody and recent arrival Rhys Price, whose previous club was British Airways in the London Combination.  He had been out of football for some time but has quickly become a favourite and with Moody (the new “Hatchett”) finding his feet as a converted striker, Ashford suddenly have a front pairing that look capable of troubling any defence.

On Saturday there was an immediate set back as Leighton took the lead inside the first minute.  A veil must be cast over the manner of the defending for the goal which was well taken but it took Ashford just ten minutes to equalise when Scott Weight nodded home.  Leighton had their moments without a doubt but when Ashford went ahead just two minutes into the second half through Price, his first goal for the Club, it looked as if there would only be one winner and so it proved with arguably the best goal of the match with thirteen minutes left to play.  A flowing movement, probably the best bit of football from either side, saw Tommy Brunton heavily involved and it was he who swept the ball home.  It was entirely fitting as Tommy is another one who has found form after months in the cold and he was a constant thorn in the side of the hard pressed visitors’ defence.

A strong claim for a penalty when Moody appeared to be clattered was waved away by referee Creswick, who had an excellent game apart from his constant warnings to players to “be careful” or “go steady” which was a bit overdone, in this writer’s opinion at least.

The next test comes on Tuesday and it couldn’t be any tougher with top of the table Rugby Town visiting Short Lane.  Ashford lost by a solitary goal at Rugby earlier in the season but it was one match where we did give a decent account of ourselves, the only goal coming some eight minutes from the end.  We have always enjoyed our encounters with Rugby and apart from tomorrow, we wish them every success in their quest for promotion at the end of the season.  There is no denying that any points for Ashford tomorrow will be a bonus given the league positions but with the unbeaten run now into three matches, the team will be giving it their utmost which is all that can be asked.

Prior to that, there is a Suburban League match at Short Lane this evening (Monday) against Uxbridge Reserves, kick-off 7.45 p.m. whilst the Under-18’s make the short trip to play Staines Town in a Ryman Youth match.  Two such matches on one night, with the 1st Team game tomorrow will stretch the club’s resources quite frankly but we will have two teams out doing their best.