A battling performance from the Tangerines saw them draw two goals apiece with neighbours Egham Town on Easter Monday.  It was almost all three points with Ashford going 2-1 up close to the end, only for Egham to grab an equaliser at the death.

After several promising cameos from the bench, young Alex Fisher came in at left back and gave a confident performance.  Rhys Price was injured at North Greenford on Saturday so James Awofisan started up front.

Both North Greenford and Chertsey lost heavily but the profligacy of Saturday’s performance against the former had meant that to stand any chance of avoiding a bottom two finish, a win was required and whilst the manner of the draw was encouraging, it means that Ashford can now only overhaul Chertsey, if they can win or draw at Aylesbury United on Saturday and Chertsey lose their final game, which is away to Slough. 

Back to yesterday and Ashford’s  afternoon assumed a familiar look when, after doing quite well in the first half, a dreadful mistake by Russell Canderton ended with keeper Tobin taking out his man for a penalty to Egham.  Stanislaus for the visitors, made no mistake but perhaps of greater concern was whether the inevitable card would be red or yellow.  No doubt a biased view but referee Paterson, who was excellent throughout, with his calm unhurried approach, got it right with just a yellow.

Whatever else this Ashford squad lacks, it is not effort, and this time they were rewarded when Scott Weight poked home an equaliser on the hour mark.  Yet again Ashford’s supporters were magnificent in their support and it looked as if that support was to be rewarded when, with just  two minutes on the clock, Weight scored his second of the match to make the scoreline 2-1 in Ashford’s favour.  Within seconds James Awofisan  who had already missed one excellent chance, was clean through and had the opportunity to make the match safe but only he can explain why he put his shot so high over the bar that it ended up amongst the Esso oil tanks  behind the goal.

It was still just a question of playing out time but sadly Ashford were unable to do that, an effort from Stanislaus taking a deflection in stoppage time to ensure that the points were shared.

There is only one senior midweek match and that is this evening, Tuesday, when the Under-18’s complete their season with a visit to Potters Bar Town in the Ryman Youth League.

Also tonight though, the Sunday side are in action at Short Lane, against Wanderers FC, kick-off 7.45 p.m. and will be in good heart following a 13-3 winning scoreline on Sunday against AFC Ripley.  This is their final league match but they still have two cup semi-finals to look forward to.