The new squad has started to gel as they overcame a mixed Farnborough side by two goals to nil on Monday evening at Short Lane.

Ashford started with just four of last season’s regulars on display but it was the newcomers who were the subject of most interest.  A physical first half suggested that Ashford will not be lacking in that department as both teams showed considerable endeavour.  The visitors possibly had more of the ball but neither keeper was unduly troubled and it remained stalemate at half-time.

The second half though saw Ashford playing the more controlled football and it was the Tangerines who took the lead on around 56 minutes from the penalty spot.  James Cottee made no mistake.  At this point Ashford were in the ascendency and it wasn’t too long before they doubled the lead, this time newcomer Sam Adams slotting home from close range.

Farnborough had a excellent opportunity to reduce the arrears but a weak effort was saved and the match ended soon afterwards.  As with the previous friendlies, the result is of no significance but it has started to look as if manager Ben Murray has recruited wisely.  The proof of the pudding will, of course, come on Saturday at home to Hertford Town.

If anyone can spare any time either tomorrow evening or on Thursday evening, there is plenty to be done to ensure everything is ready for the new season.  Finally thank you to Farnborough, who lent us their goalkeeper when Tyler Tobin had to rush off after his mum was taken ill.  They will always be welcome at Short Lane.