ASHBOURNE were edged out 2-1 in a close-fought local derby with Uttoxeter Town in Division One of the Staffordshire Senior County League.
Both sides showed their intent early on at JCB Lakeside but neither was able to force a clear-cut opening.
Ashbourne forward John Ford did well to plough through the visitors' defence but his effort did not trouble the keeper.
Paul Spencer then found himself through on goal for the hosts but he was denied by a last-ditch tackle.
Uttoxeter nearly took the lead when their number nine headed just wide.
But they did score when Ward prodded home from six yards after a corner had been headed against the bar.
Ashbourne were level before half-time, Sam Archer's free kick from the left picked out Ford, who steered the ball home after his header had been parried.
Ashley Wood fired over after Ford's pass sent him clear early in the second half but Uttoxeter regained the lead following hesitancy in the Shrovetiders' defence, Harvey finding the net at the second attempt.
Ashbourne reacted by upping the pace and the crowd were treated to some good football.
Ford again found his way through on goal but was denied by Ward's tackle.
Ford was then sent off following two incidents in quick succession, with around 15 minutes to go.
Despite this, Ashbourne had a great chance to equalise in the dying minutes but substitute James Ingram saw his close-range effort blocked by the keeper's leg when he looked certain to score.
Ashbourne host Knypersley Vics today (6.30pm) and leaders Leek CSOB on Saturday (2.30pm).
The club would also like to thank those who attended the recent race night, which was also supported by local businesses Brailsford Stores & Post Office, N J Fearn Building Contractor and IGF Decor Ltd.