Ashford get off the mark, and the goal drought off their back, with a well earned point against Barking.
It’s much better reading for the Tangerines after a hard fought game against another side battling at the wrong end of the table. The match belied a bottom of the table clash though as both teams looked to get forward with some exciting attacking football. Barking could have grabbed the lead as early as 30 seconds but for a fine block by Sam Mason in the Ashford goal. He was then called in to action again shortly after as Barking raced out of the starting block.
Ashford settled after the rocky start though and gradually took more control of the game. Numerous corners, and some dangerous attacks, put the Barking defence under pressure but still the Tangerines could not break their goal drought! It was almost broken on the half hour mark when Dan Brown came close with a shot forcing the keeper in to a low save for another corner. Barking then almost snatched the lead on 35 minutes when a rocket of a shot from well outside the box crashed on the Ashford bar. Even though it was 0-0 at the break the half had been anything but dull.
Both sides made a change at half time, with Ashford giving a debut to defender Darryl Harrison who came on for the injured Will Boye. And it was the home side who pressed forward from the restart, finally breaking their goalless run on 48 minutes when Dan Brown got on the end of a beautiful left foot cross from Matt Surmon, scoring with a well placed header to make it 1-0.
You could see what the goal meant to Ashford as all the players celebrated together. Unfortunately the lead did not last for too long though as Barking pushed forward looking to get in behind and at the Ashford defence. Their pressure was rewarded in the 58th minute with a goal from Abs Seymour, as he got himself on the end of a fine deep cross to control and fire and past Sam Mason. There were further chances for both sides to take the lead, the best of which fell to Ashford with a fine double save from Barking keeper Montel Joseph. Another fine cross from Aaron Petch found Dan Brown whose shot was saved, with the resulting follow up from Ivan Machado also somewhow kept out by Joseph.
Overall it was a great attacking game, and obviously a much better result for the Tangerines after recent weeks. There are a lot of positives to take forward in to the next game on Tuesday night when Chertsey Town visit the RPS.