For the second week running, Burnt Ash put in a solid first half performance, although Ashford were the better side overall and create most of the chances.
was called into action several times, but Ed Andrews, Alan Atkin
, Stephen O'Hara
and particularly Dave Barker
put up a fine defensive wall.
Like so many walls, Berlin for example, they get broken down, and Ashford took a one goal lead into the interval after the ball crept under Nick Wellard
, and just past Alan Atkin
's reverse stick.
At 1-0, there was all to play for in pretty miserable conditions on a slow Erith pitch.
Ashford did manage to extend their lead, possibly as a result of a formation change confusing the reds defensive line. But the 'wall' didn't cave in like the Barking tidal wall breach of 1707.
The home side remained positive, and were rewarded with a penalty stroke after Alex Schofield
was prevented from a clear shot on goal having got to the end of Aiden Griggs
' bouncing cross. Mike Butler stepped up and saw his original short saved by the keepers stick, but then the backspin took control and found a gap between the stick and the left pole.
Ashford managed a third, a pretty well taken goal from the center-forward who found space on the front pole to deflect a cross - cue noticable disappointment from Mr Hanson.
stuck in a penalty corner with a few minutes left in the game, but Ashford held onto possession to prevent the home side taking at least a point - which would have been deserved for effort if nothing else.
Relegated, but hopefully not forgotten.