Ashford made the short trip to neighbours Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday evening and won by 4 goals to 1, thanks largely to a an excellent second half performance.  Some regulars were missing for various reasons, including Max Webb, Jack Beadle (working away) and Samad Kazi (on honeymoon).

The match was competitive throughout the first half, a little too competitive once or twice, but for the third game in a row Ashford conceded first on 10 minutes when something of a mix-up, albeit a bit unlucky, between Joe Green and Russell Canderton allowed a dangerous cross to come in, duly converted.

Excellent work by Jabir Laraba led to an equaliser ten minutes later from Mark Bitmead.

Just before half-time up popped Joe Green and he converted at close range to give Ashford the lead at the break.

As always there were a number of changes going on throughout the second period but Ashford were starting to find the spaces and a superb individual goal from Dan Fleming after good work from Green made it 3-1.  Two minutes later with Spelthorne seemingly out of steam, Bitmead cracked in his second of the match.  Over the full match, the view of the goodly number of Ashford supporters present was that the stand-out Ashford player was Tommy Brunton.

In three pre-season games, Ashford have now scored ten and conceded ten so you can bet on a 0-0 draw on Saturday when we play at Short Lane for the first time against a Woking XI., kick-off 3.00 p.m.  Manager Ben Murray was back for last night and will finalise his squad shortly, following which there will be an update on the new players. 

There is still some work to be done around the ground before Saturday so if anyone can lend a hand, especially on Saturday morning, please do so.