Slough have now scored four times in each of their last three games, the goals now starting to flow after an indifferent start to the season which saw the side lose their opening two home games.
In the early going, a cross from Warren Harris on the right was met at the near post by Smith, but his flicked volley went across goal and wide.
Johnnie Dyer, who grabbed his first Slough goals at the weekend, got in behind the defence following an error from Mann, but his shot from a narrow angle was beaten away by keeper Paul McCarthy. The Ashford custodian was on hand again to save his side when great interplay between Smith and Dyer saw the former played in, but Smith’s low shot was kept out by McCarthy’s legs.
With 26 minutes gone, skipper Dave Woozley powered in a header from a corner to give Slough a deserved lead – but almost immediately from the restart, Slough were caught cold as a vicious strike from Terrell Lewis found the top corner to level the scores.
Parity was only temporarily restored though, as eight minutes later, Harris worked hard to win the ball back and feed Ollie Burgess, who played a low cross to Smith at the near post. Smith converted to notch his seventh goal of the season and give his side a half-time advantage – but not before Lewis shot just wide to almost level the scores again. Slough could have extended their lead too, with Harris flashing a volley just wide of McCarthy’s left hand post.
The visitors were still well in the game going into the second period, but a handball offence in the penalty area led to them falling further behind. Duff was a guilty man, and Smith stepped up to nonchalantly chip his penalty kick in off the underside of the bar.
Both sides had half chances as the game opened up and the tackles came flying in - Ashford’s Weight and Lynch both booked for late tackles - before long-serving Ashford defender Russell Canderton pulled a goal back, pouncing on a rebound in the Slough goalmouth to slam home from a narrow angle.
Thirteen minutes from time, Slough looked to have made the three points safe as Smith completed a second hat-trick in three games. The striker’s shot was parried, and substitute Aaron Couch followed up, only to hit the post – but the ball rebounded invitingly for Smith to side foot in.
As Ashford looked to rescue something from the game, danger man Lewis had a shot deflected wide after getting past the challenge of Guy Hollis, and as Slough broke, Dyer released the excellent Harris, whose shot looked to have deflected wide via the hand of a defender, but only a corner was awarded.
Slough Town Line Up
- 1 Jake Somerville
- 2 Sean Fraser
- 3 Michael Blount
- 4 Guy Hollis
- 5 David Woozley
- 6 Ollie Burgess 16
- 7 Johnnie Dyer
- 8 Jamie McClurg
- 9 Edward Smith 15
- 10 Darren Wheeler 14
- 11 Warren Harris
Ashford Town (Middx) Line up
Paul McCarthy, Chris Robinson, Alex Duff, Russell Canderton, Jim Mann, Harry Driver, Jamie Connor, Scott Weight, Joe Hughes, Terrell Lewis, Mark Bitmead. Subs: Joe Lynch, Yemi Oviosu, Kofi Lockhart-Adams, Robbie Sitch, Tom Brouton.