Ashford returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard earned 2-1 victory away to Barton Rovers.

It was a cold, gloomy day but a reasonable number of Ashford supporters made the journey and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Jack Beadle advanced down the left flank, turned inside and powered a fine shot home to open the scoring.

For a while, Ashford looked as if they might overwhelm their opponents but Barton came into the game, which became an even affair.   Ashford rarely looked too troubled but some sloppy play in the 32nd minute led to Dan Jarvis equalising and the teams turned round level at half-time.

The crucial winning goal though came as early as the second minute of the second half.  Alex Fisher, enjoying a fine game, came over to the right to deliver one of his trade mark free kicks and it was Max Webb who re-acted first to provide the finishing touch.

Ashford were aggrieved when a dubious off-side flag robbed Kam English of a possible goal as he raced through whilst Barton put in a number of dangerous crosses and corners but all to no avail as Ashford defended well when they had to.  Despite everyone’s best efforts, that was the end of the scoring and when the whistle blew, Ashford were more than satisfied with the three points, and no cautions in a match devoid of any stupidity by either side.

This may turn out to be the final league match we play at Barton, given the pending re-structure, which would be a shame, as they are certainly one of the most welcoming clubs we play.

Attention now turns to Tuesday evening, when we make the short trip to play our neighbours Egham Town, who just came out on top of an enthralling match, 4-3, earlier in the season at Short Lane.  Like ourselves, Egham have had some disappointing results in November and lost at home to Thame United on Saturday.  We were well beaten at Egham last season though and will need to be at our best to get anything from the match.  Kick-off is at 7.45 p.m.

The Under-18’s, despite signing a number of new players, have still to record a win this season but they continue to strive and will be at home to Camberley tomorrow evening (Monday) in the Lucas-Fettes League Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m.