Ashford's Ronnie Dolan in action in the 1-0 defeat to Leatherhead on Saturday
Ashford Town failed to put breathing space between themselves and the Ryman League Division 1 South basement-boys after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Leatherhead at Homelands on Saturday.
The only goal arrived 13 minutes from time and an injury-hit Town could not find a response as the play-off chasing Tanners saw the game out.
Fourth-bottomTown lie two points clear of the relegation zone, but have four games in hand on the sides below them.
Folkestone Invicta's title chances were given a timely boost without even playing as leaders Croydon lost 2-1 at third-placed Worthing meaning Invicta are just a point off the top, with a home game against Croydon still to play.
Invicta's game at Walton & Hersham was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.