Ashford were unlucky not to get something from a close fought game against near neighbours Chertsey Town on Tuesday night.
Much improved again, Ashford possibly had the better of the play in the first half against Chertsey. Both sides did create opportunities though and each keeper was called in to action to keep the score goalless at half time. Although there were no real clear cut chances it was end to end with both teams playing some good football and competing well.
Unfortunately for Ashford, Chertsey caught them napping after the break and took the lead on 47 minutes through Samuel Murphy. This woke the Tangerines up though and they pressed straight back from the kick-off. Great attacking play down the right wing taking the game to Chertsey saw them level soon after. A great run from Rylan Myers breaking in to the box saw him fire a low cross for Dan Brown to hit first time, grabbing his second goal in two starts. Ashford continued to press after this with Rylan having some great attacking runs down the right, and Aaron Petch the same down the left.
The shape of the game changed in the 68th minute when Scott Todd was forced off through injury, and Ashford seemed to lose their momentum for a short while. Chertsey forced their way back in quickly and caught Ashford out again in the 72nd minute from a set piece. Casey Maclaren heading home at the near post from a corner to give the visitors the lead again. The Tangerines pushed on and tried to get back in to the game, working hard for another equaliser. It wasn’t to be though with Chertsey seeing out the game to return home with the 3 points. All in all another much improved performance from Ashford, and if the same desire and attitude continues it surely won’t be long until they get the results they are looking for.
Next up is Saturday’s away trip to South Park where Ashford will be looking to build further on these recent improved performances.