Ashford gave their promotion seeking rivals Barton Rovers a good run for their money on Saturday but succumbed to another defeat when the Bedfordshire side scored the only goal of the match immediately after the break.  The goal was unfortunate as the ball ricocheted around as clearance after clearance seemed to be charged down, before it ended up on a plate for Barton’s Anderson to strike the vital blow.

It seemed that the home cause was well and truly over when Jim Mann found himself sent off for retaliation midway through the second half but Ashford seemed to get stronger after the incident and certainly seemed to enjoy the greater possession as the visitors apparently concluded that they would look after what they had got.  Ashford were without Conor Moody, injured at Kettering on Tuesday but re-introduced Harry Driver from the bench and plenty of chances were created, but no-one could put the ball in the net, sadly of course, the story of the season.

As always there were some positives, not least the performance of Elliott Jones is his new role at full back, whilst Tyler Tobin was confident in his handling especially at the start of the match when he turned over three dangerous looking efforts from the visitors.

There was additional consolation with the news that Chertsey and North Greenford had also lost, so no further ground was conceded but the matches are running out and Tuesday’s game away to AFC Hayes has assumed a greater importance as Ashford look to re-gain the determination that saw them lose just one match in eight until the last fortnight or so.