Ashford made the short trip to leafy Woking in buoyant mood looking to secure another three points. On arrival the hospitality was excellent along with the facilities. Ashford donning their new away kit started very much as they finished in midweek taking the game to the home side from the whistle with Keeper Craig Bradshaw with a reputation as being one of the best stoppers in the CCL last term called upon several times in the early stages of the half. Westfield settled down and it was a pretty even game with both sides defending well and neither with any clear cut chances. Ashford raised the tempo in the final third of the half and looked the more likely to score.
After half time Ashford started in very positive mood and may well have found themselves ahead within minutes but for the impressive Bradshaw, Ashford now looking for the opening goal retained the ball well which had the home side chasing shadows at times and it wasn't to long before Alex Fisher was picked out in space on the edge of the box following some excellent interplay to beat Bradshaw at his far post with a sublime strike worthy of winning any game.
Westfield to their credit gave it everything to find the equaliser and will probably be glad to see the back of Mullan and Canderton whom where superb all afternoon. The officials inconsistency reared its ugly head and brandished a straight Red to Dan Taylor for an alledged off the ball incident for which only the officials will have an explanation as from where this writer was positioned there was not even a yellow warranted as it was a simple coming together and a free kick would have sufficed.
With Westfield now down to ten men and looking very tired they found themselves one on one with Ashford keeper Tyler Tobin who pulled off a superb save from a well struck effort down to his left. Westfield now looking out on their feet conceded a free kick outside the area,Joe Hughes took responsibility and did not disappoint with a wonder strike to beat Bradshaw and may well turn out to be goal of the season.
That was it Three points secured and it was a happy short journey home for the Ash Trees and they now look forward to the visit of Camberley Town on Tuesday for what will be another tough test for this very young but talented group of players.
M.O.M Alex Fisher