Victory key in sur­vival bid

REL­E­GA­TION BAT­TLE: Home win is es­sen­tial in ef­fort to avoid the drop in­sists Ash­ford goal­keeper Star­ley

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ASH­FORD men’s 1sts take on High Wy­combe at home on Satur­day (2.30pm) in their fi­nal South Premier League Divi­sion 2 game of the sea­son.

And Ash­ford know that, with the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle so tight, they need a victory to en­sure they stay up.

Ash­ford goal­keeper Keir Star­ley said: “The team that loses this game may well face the drop, so hav­ing home ad­van­tage is cru­cial and we are hop­ing for a big crowd to cheer us on.”

Last Satur­day Ash­ford boosted their sur­vival chances with a 1-0 win over Rich­mond – their fourth win in five matches.

But Ash­ford were grate­ful to their de­fence for keep­ing a clean sheet af­ter the for­wards were guilty of miss­ing sev­eral chances to have pro­duced a comfortable victory.

Af­ter a goal­less first half, Ash­ford scored the only goal mid­way through the sec­ond half, and it was a beauty by Sam Han­d­ley.

Pick­ing the ball up in the area and sur­rounded by four de­fend­ers, Han­d­ley clev­erly moved swiftly to his right and smashed home at full stretch.

Ster­ling per­for­mances from Josh Tutham and Dan Wells at the back then helped to en­sure that sin­gle goal was enough for an or­gan­ised Ash­ford side, who seemed to want victory more than their op­po­nents.

They will need to show the same com­mit­ment again on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: Martin Apps pd1555747

Ash­ford, left, go on the at­tack against Rich­mond last Satur­day

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