Ashford find themselves entertaining second placed Dunstable Town on Saturday, having met both the first and third placed clubs in their last two home games, so it clearly will not get any easier.  However, following the victory over Daventry on Tuesday, Ashford will go into the match knowing that if they play well enough and continue to battle for every ball, they can give anyone a game now and that ethos will certainly be needed against today’s opponents, who racked up eight goals in the home match even though Ashford actually played some decent football at times in that game, which shows how good Dunstable were on that night.

Since then though and for whatever reason, Dunstable’s form has dipped to the extent that since the beginning of February they have lost as many as five leagues matches, at home to Egham and Barton Rovers and away at Barton again, Marlow and Slough.  Most recently they were pegged to a 1-1 draw at Potters Bar on Tuesday evening although they had to play with ten men for much of the match.

Our relegation rivals Chertsey and North Greenford are both at home today, with Chertsey possibly getting the backlash from Daventry, whilst North Greenford entertain St. Ives Town.  Our six match unbeaten run has enabled us to arrive within touching distance of both Chertsey and North Greenford and were we to pull off a win today and the other two lose, we would actually be out of the relegation positions this evening!  It’s a tall order but we should have our strongest squad available today.  There should be no panic though if we are not successful today.  Points against the top teams were not actually in Ben Murray’s calculation as to the total we need to haul ourselves out of the relegation zone, and in the last two home games we have managed four out of six.  Seven out of ten would be nice of course but we are playing an excellent team today who will wish to reinforce their championship challenge so there is no room for any over-confidence.

The Under-18’s maintained their improved form as well on Thursday evening, drawing one apiece at Bedfont Sports, our goal coming from Edward Umoh.