Fielding an unchanged line-up, Ashford came close but were just unable to sustain their unbeaten run on Saturday, losing by the only goal of the match to a resilient and impressive Dunstable outfit whose goal was an unstoppable effort from Leon Cashman midway through the first half, although quite where the Ashford defenders were at the moment he picked the ball up wide on the left will remain a mystery.  He nearly did exactly the same a little while afterwards but this time Tyler Tobin pulled off a magnificent save and Cashman put the rebound wide. 

There is though no reason to think that Ashford’s fight against relegation has wobbled.  With Chertsey and North Greenford both losing by bigger margins, it could reasonably be argued that Ashford actually improved their position slightly by only losing by one goal, and it would not have been a travesty by any means had the Ash Trees managed a draw against arguably the best side in the league, as they largely got on top of the match in the final twenty minutes, aided by the stiff breeze behind them.  The visiting defence, in which central defender Marc Leach stood out, was though extremely well marshalled, and whilst Ashford had plenty of the ball there was a little too much hit and hope and thus insufficient craft to make the vital break through.   Dunstable of course had chances of their own, inevitably, but as in previous matches, Ashford generally rode their luck, defending doggedly apart from the one aberration.

We now have three consecutive away games starting on Tuesday evening away to Northwood.  They lost at home on Saturday to Beaconsfield SYCOB by the only goal of the game but have generally enjoyed a good season and are currently ninth in the table.  The address of the ground is Northwood Park, Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, HA6 1HR.  Chertsey are without a midweek match, whilst North Greenford entertain Slough.

We have to end upon a very sad note, having learnt of the death on Thursday of ex-club goal keeper and stalwart, Malcolm Pate, who had been ill for some time.  Malcolm made one last visit to us a few weeks ago and whilst he had not generally been able to attend matches for some time, he will be remembered by all of us who knew him as a great character, liked by all. 

RIP Malcolm.