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Ashford travel to Herne Bay FC on Saturday in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, having managed to get the better of Shortwood United in the previous round.

After tackling the cows on the road in deepest Gloucestershire, not to mention the narrow path leading to the football club at Shortwood, we now have to contend with the closure of various motorways in Kent tomorrow to remove the bridge that collapsed last weekend.  Because of that the coach will now be leaving Short Lane at 10.00 a.m. an hour earlier than envisaged to allow for the anticipated delays.  We would like to thank Herne Bay Match Liaison Officer, Peter Guise, for his assistance with travel details and the motor way closure.

The address of the ground is The Altira Park Stadium, Winch’s Field, Stanley Gardens, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5SG.  In normal circumstances it is a journey of around 96 miles each way, although it may be a little longer tomorrow due to the diversions, so supporters travelling independently probably need to allow plenty of time.

Apart from an FA Youth Cup tie some years ago, we have never met with Herne Bay before but they are members of the Ryman League, Division One South, in which they have finished in 9th and 8th positions respectively, since their promotion from the Kent League as it was then known.  Last season they reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup before bowing out to Hastings United following a replay, whilst this season they overcame East Grinstead Town by a solitary goal to reach this stage.

In the League this season, they endured a rather heavy defeat last Saturday at the hands of Faversham Town but suffered two sending-offs, including the keeper, so there were mitigating circumstances.  That has been their only league defeat so far, as they have won one and drawn two of their previous matches.

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, there is no extra time and we will proceed to a replay at Short Lane on Tuesday evening.  Otherwise there is no match in midweek for the 1st Team.

The Under-18’s threw away a 3-1 lead in the Ryman Youth League Lucas-Fettes Cup on Wednesday when a strong Bedfont Sports team scored three times late on to turn the tie around.  We wish them the best of luck in the next round.  Ashford should not be too disappointed though as in the two matches so far this season, the squad under Mark Oliver certainly looks stronger than in recent seasons and if we stop conceding late goals they should be fine.

Our Junior section kick start their season this Sunday with an internal friendly day against our neighbours CB Hounslow.

Then at 14:00 in the Stadium our Ladies play Surrey Eagles FC in their first match of the new season. 

There will be refreshments on offer during the day and the bar will be open from midday.

Come and show your support. 

Fixtures below: 

U7s (5V5)

CB v Ashford Micheal 10am 

U8s (5V5) 

CB Green v Ashford Neil 10am 

CB Whites v Ashford Chris 11am 

U9s (7V7)

4 team mini 7v7 tournament

1- CB 

2- Ashford Andy 

3- Ashford Matt 

4- Ashford Ryan 

1v2 10am 

3v4 10:20am

1v3 10:40am 

4v2 11am

1v4 11:20am

3v2 11:40am 

U10s (7V7)

3 team mini tournament 

1- CB Green 

2- CB White 

3- Ashford Matt 

1v2 12pm 

2v3 12:15

3v1 12:30

2v1 12:45

3v2 1pm

1v3 1:15

U11s (9V9)

CB White v Ashford Kirk 10am

CB Osterley v Ashford Nelson 11:15am (use the 9v9 pitch marked inside the 11v11 pitch) 

CB Green v Ashford Graham 11:15am 

U12s (9v9) 

CB White v Joe 10am (use the 9v9 pitch marked inside the 11v11 pitch) 

 

Ashford departed the FA Cup for this season on Saturday, losing 1-3 away to Herne Bay.

With crucial motorway closures, the journey to the North Kent coast, with three and a half hours on the bus, did not help the situation but it did not seem to bother Ashford in the first half, as the Tangerines took just 8 minutes to go ahead.  Sparkling work from Jack Beadle led to a pull back to Max Herbert, who found the net for his first ever goal for the Club.

Ashford were without regular keeper Tyler Tobin, injured by falling off a ladder, whilst Samad Kazi, the standout Ashford player against Egham on Bank Holiday Monday was absent on holiday.  Bailey Mummery was also still away and skipper Russell Canderton still injured but Romario Jonas was able to return, forming a generally solid partnership with Will Boye at the back.

In those early stages the absentees were not unduly missed as Ashford piled on the pressure and can only blame themselves for failing to add to the tally.  Herne Bay though had started to come into the game as the half progressed, even though more than one of their supporters were unhappy at half-time with the home performance.

One half sensed that one goal would not be enough and that sense crystallised as Ashford found themselves on the back foot almost from the resumption.  Despite Herne Bay dominating the possession though, Boye and Jonas looked solid, and with Scott Weight, in a defensive mid field position, looking equally strong, there was speculation amongst the Ashford supporters that Herne Bay had given it their best.  That proved not to be the case though as the equaliser arrived with 20 minutes left on the clock when keeper Kav Keedle, who had been playing well, misjudged a long throw and was unable to clear his lines, the ball ending up in the net courtesy of Mark Lovell.

Ashford had started to look strangely out of sorts at times but nevertheless, soon afterwards  the visitors had two golden opportunities to go ahead again.  Both fell to Dan Fleming but Ashford’s usually reliable striker saw his first effort supremely well saved by the home keeper and then put the rebound just wide.  Herne Bay went straight down the field and as another long throw caused problems, the home side found themselves in front for the first time as a half-clearance was volleyed straight in with gusto by Sam Hasler.

Ashford’s general play was screaming out for someone to get on the ball and pass it and it seemed strange that Tommy Brunton, ideal in the role, was held back until basically it was too late.  Kam English had also come on and he certainly had his moments down the left flank but the match was sealed with two minutes on the clock as Ashford were caught on the break, the scorer once again being Hasler

Ashford now have a full week to prepare for the next challenge which will be at home to Kidlington in the League next Saturday.  We thank Herne Bay for their hospitality and also for acknowledging the spotless way we left the dressing room, thanks to Luke Munns who has taken on this role whenever we travel.  This was the message received from Herne Bay:  Just a brief note to say a huge thank you to your team.

I have never seen the away dressing room at our ground looking so tidy after a game.  Our match day assistants are very grateful to your team. They have set an excellent example.

Good luck for the rest of the season.”

Likewise in turn we wish Herne Bay good luck in the next round.

With the 1st Team inactive during the week, the Under-18’s will take the spotlight on Thursday evening when they travel to play the Under-18 side of Potters Bar Town in the FA Youth Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  One day we’ll get a home draw in an FA competition!

 

It’s match day again and this afternoon Ashford entertain Kidlington FC as we return to league action.  Without repeating ourselves, Kidlington were one of the best teams we faced last season, deservedly knocking us out of the FA Vase and it is a surprise to see that they have made a poor start to their Evostick campaign, even to the extent where their very successful manager has left the club, leaving the experienced Jermain McSporran in temporary charge.

We are under no illusions though and expect a tough match, although Ben Murray will have close to a full squad to select from, the only known absentees being Samad Kazi, away, and Tyler Tobin, out for a few weeks following his fall from a ladder.

It is disappointing to result that the Under-18’s sent out of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday, losing 2-5 at Potters Bar Town but the Ladies last Sunday got their season up and running with an opening day league win over Surrey Eagles by three goals to one.  The girls are at home again tomorrow when the visitors for a Greater London League match will be Balham Panthers, kick-off 2.00 p.m.

After the match, it was just about everyone’s view that they would not have seen this result coming at half-time.  Just before the break Ashford had got their noses in front for the second time but Kidlington were certainly very much in the game at that stage and had they not missed a penalty early in the second period, which would have given them a second equaliser, the outcome might have been different.  That miss though seemed to click Ashford into gear and for the remainder of the game, whilst not a classic, loyal supporters were treated to some excellent football from the Tangerines as their visitors visibly wilted.

Ashford were still without Russell Canderton and Samad Kazi but Bailey Mummery was back and he started on the bench.  Manager Murray did a spot of tinkering with both Tommy Brunton and Jack Beadle starting the match, which was relatively even for the first half an hour.  On 26 minutes though, Ashford drew first blood when a free kick wide on the left, taken by Mark Bitmead, eluded everyone and nestled gently in the back of the net.

It took the visitors just three minutes to equalise when a misplaced header from Dan Fleming seemed to catch everyone out, even though it was nearer the half-way line than Ashford’s penalty area and Kidlington’s Lewis Cole took full advantage to bring his side level.

Both Will Boye and Alex Fisher found themselves in the book for fouls but on the stroke of half-time, Fleming did what he does best and, finding himself in the clear, hit a low effort that hit one post and ended up in the back of the net at the other post, to put Ashford ahead again.

It is always good to score just before half-time and the anticipation was that Ashford would resume very much on the front foot but it wasn’t like that as Kidlington enjoyed most of the early pressure at the start.  Fisher slightly mis-timed a tackle inside the area but as stated, the visitors failed to make the most of their opportunity, a poor effort allowing Cav Keadell to make a good save and keep Ashford ahead.

The match changed from that point and the Tangerines went 3-1 up when a mazy run from Kam English took him close in and his cross led to an unfortunate defender turning the ball into his own net.

Kidlington’s cause was not helped when Coyle received a straight red for what looked an elbow on Tommy Brunton, although the player maintained his innocence afterwards.

It was all Ashford now and five minutes later it was 4-1.  Superb approach work between Bitmead and English led to the latter getting himself on the score sheet.  Max Herbert on for Fleming in the closing stages then finished the scoring off as he pounced on a poor clearance following a corner and drilled the ball home to ensure an emphatic three points for the Tangerines, now up to 8th place in the table.

Again, there is no midweek match so the next outing is on Saturday when Ashford travel to Bedford Town for only their second ever visit, whilst the following Saturday, another trip to Bedfordshire awaits when we go to Arlesey Town.  There will be a summary regarding the ladies and the Junior teams in the next report.

It was the opening day of the Junior season last Sunday, and there were plenty of matches involving the junior tangerines.   As might be expected, the results were mixed and here they are:

Chris U8s 9-0 Staines Town

Andy U9s 3-2 Kew

Matt U9s 9-3 AFC Westend

Ryan U9s 6-1 Whitton Wanderers

Matt U10s 6-0 AFC Westend

Graham U11s 3-4 Old Isleworthians

Kirk U11s 1-7 Woking Town

Joe U12s 0-8 Hanwell

John U13s 5-3 NPL

Paul U13s 12-0 CB Hounslow

Craig U14s 14-4 SCR Colts

Martin U15s 0-5 AFC Westend

Ben U16s 6-0 Headstone Youth

Simon U16s 0-9 Teddington 

 

Well done to all the winning sides.

 

Ashford Town Ladies, promoted to Division 2 South of the Greater London Women’s League have started as they played last season and recorded a 7-1 home victory over Balham Panthers to go top of the fledgling league table, with maximum points after 2 matches.

Whilst not completely new ground, as there was a pre-season friendly between our clubs on 10 July 2006, which ended one apiece, Ashford will be meeting (almost) new opponents on Saturday when they travel to Bedford Town in search of league points to augment their current 8th place in the table.

The address of the ground is The Eyrie, Meadow Lane, Cardington, Bedfordshire MK44 3LW.  Kick-off is at 3.00 p.m. and it is a journey of just over 60 miles mostly M25 and M1.  Bedford currently sit in 15th place in the table with two wins and five defeats in their eight league matches to date, but every single defeat has been to an odd goal, including to AFC Dunstable in the FA Cup.  For this level they are well supported with an average home attendance this season of 205, second only to Farnborough.

The Tangerines will be in good shape following last Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Kidlington and to the writer’s knowledge there are no new injuries.

 

Ashford travelled to meet Bedford Town on Saturday, for the first time in ten years and for the first occasion in a competitive match and came away with a point following a 2-2 draw.

Overall that was probably the fairest result with Ashford having to batten down the hatches for much of the first half as the home side often laid siege to the away goal, a situation enhanced by Ashford giving away too many unnecessary free kicks in dangerous areas.  The second half was completely different as Ashford got on top for much of the time and deserved the two goals that rescued the situation and indeed, should have scored the winner right at the death when Mark Bitmead, through on goal, was only able to direct his effort straight into the arms of the grateful home keeper.

Ashford were without key players in Scott Weight and Dan Fleming, for reasons unknown to the writer.  Kav Keadell retained his place in goal whilst Bailey Mummery started, as did Samad Kazi, back from holiday.

On an excellent surface, Ashford did not start too badly with Kam English causing a problem or two with his pace but it was not too long before Ashford started to look somewhat lethargic and second best and it was no surprise when Bedford took the lead on 12 minutes through Lee Roache who finished off a decent left wing move.

Eleven minutes later Bedford doubled their lead following a very soft penalty award.  Keadell jumped for a high cross but could only get finger tips to it at best and he landed upon a Bedford forward.  It was completely involuntary but referee Cutmore, after taking an age, awarded a penalty to the home side, duly converted by their new signing, Nathan Frater.

Before half-time Bedford, who had ex-Ashford player Sam Balfour in their ranks, also hit the post and there wasn’t too much optimism within the ranks of the away followers at the half-time break.

However, no doubt heading the wise, if rather loud, advice offered by manager Murray, the Tangerines came out a different proposition for the second period and set about retrieving the situation.  The job became half done on the hour mark, when good work from Jack Beadle saw Bailey Mummery getting the deftest touch to divert the ball into the net.  The Bedford tannoy man credited the goal to Beadle but without Mummery’s touch, it would probably have gone just wide.

Although Bedford always looked dangerous when breaking, Ashford now had the bit between their teeth and Mark Bitmead found himself in on goal only to be pushed in the back in desperation by home skipper James Peters, leaving the referee with no option but to send him off.  Bitmead made no mistake and it was two apiece with around 20 minutes left, against ten men.

At that point it seemed quite likely that Ashford could well go on to take all three points but Bedford defended strongly and then out of the blue Tommy Brunton launched into a tackle that took just about everything and was sent off, thus evening matters up, personnel wise.  The referee said afterwards that Tommy’s feet left the ground and he was thus out of control. lThetwo sides bettled it out for the final ten minutes but neither could produce a winner even though, as mentioned, Bitmead had a golden chance to seal all three points.

There is still no midweek match so the next game brings another trip into darkest Bedfordshire when we make the journey to play Arlesey Town.  We next play at home on Tuesday 27 September when Fleet Town are the visitors, whilst on Saturday 1 October we entertain Uxbridge FC.  The game has been designated “junior day” with all our junior sides invited to the match and we also hope to welcome our guest of the day, Alan King of Hitchcock and King, who are have been our main sponsors for the last two seasons.

Ashford will travel into Bedfordshire for the second Saturday in a row, Arlesey Town being this week’s destination.  The address of the ground is New Lamb Meadow, Hitchin Road, Arlesey, Beds, SG15 6RS.  It is a journey of just under 50 miles via the M25 and the M1, leaving the latter at Junction 10.  These are the more precise directions on Arlesey’s excellent web site:  From M1 South Junction 10, take A1081 Airport Way onto A505 Hitchin Road towards Hitchin. Turn left onto A600 Bedford Road, past Hitchin Town FC, turn right at second roundabout to Ickleford. Go through village, bear left to Arlesey ground which is on the right.

Last week’s hard fought draw at Bedford Town enabled Ashford to climb one place in the table to 7th position, whilst Arlesey currently sit in 16th place, although the season is still far too early to draw any conclusions from that statistic.  Arlesey got off to an indifferent start, losing their opening three league matches but their most recent result shows a 6-1 home win over Petersfield Town, and, like ourselves, they drew at Bedford Town, so a close contest is almost certainly on the cards.

We have played each other in both the Ryman and the Southern League in the past, and also in the FA Cup.  Goals from Scott Harris (2), Byron Harrison and Ricky Wellard (penalty) gave us a 4-1 victory in the FA Cup in season 2008-09 but in league encounters Arlesey are ahead with 4 wins to our 1.  The most recent match between our clubs was on 26 March 2011, when we lost 0-3 at home.  Indeed we have never managed to beat them at home.

Arlesey play in dark and light blue so we will need to be in our normal tangerine kit tomorrow whilst the admission price is £9 (£5 concessions with all U-16’s admitted free of charge).

A satisfying performance at Arlesey Town on Saturday gave the Tangerines a comfortable 3-0 victory, the three points taking Ashford into 4th place in the table.

Following a fairly even start, Ashford started to click and a sustained period of pressure led to Max Webb sending in a low effort from the edge of the penalty area, to score the opening goal of the match on 22 minutes.

Given that Arlesey had recorded a 6-1 victory in their previous league match, they seemed to have little answer to Ashford’s determination on the day and it was little surprise that the lead was doubled on 31 minutes.  Mark Bitmead picked it up in midfield and was allowed time to put a superb through ball directly in front of goal for the unmarked Jack Beadle who made no mistake.

Further chances were missed and the scoreline remained unaltered up to the break.  Ashford expected the home side to react at the beginning of the second half and they did indeed make some inroads but without really looking like pulling the game round.  Indeed it was Ashford who scored the decisive third goal on 56 minutes, when Bitmead took advantage of a long ball from Ashford “man of the match” Scott Weight and finished with aplomb.

Arlesey did provide one scary moment for the visitors’ defence but Bailey Mummery was able to clear from the line and in truth Ashford should really have extended the margin of victory with shots whistling in regularly as the game went on but all failing to find the net.

All in all though, a 3-0 away victory at this level on an opponent’s ground, with no cautions (for either side) is more than enough and Ashford will now look forward to being back at home on Tuesday evening, when Fleet Town will be the visitors to Short Lane (kick-off 7.45 p.m.)

There is a very full programme of matches today (Sunday) involving Ashford’s junior sides, the Ladies and the Men’s Social Sunday side and here they are:

Ashford Town 5 - 5 Pitch

Bill U8s v Hampton Youth 10.30

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch

Matt U9s v Claygate 10am

Ryan U9s v Rhys U9s 11am

Ashford Town 9 – 9 Pitch

Joe U12s v Chertsey Town 11am

Ashford Town – Outfield

Gary Sunday Men 10.30am

Larry U13s v Spelthorne Sports 12.30

John U13s v Elm Grove 1.45pm

Ashford Town– Stadium

Ladies v Carshalton 2pm

Away Games

Micheal U7s v CB Hounslow

Chris U8s v Bedfont Eagles

Neil U8s v Halliford

Steve U8s v Kew Association

Andy U9s v Whitton Wanderers

Matt U10s v Bedfont & Feltham

Kirk U11s v Rocks Lane

Nelson U11s v Sandgate

Paul U13s v Farnham

Craig U14s v Whitton Wanderers

Fin U14s v Worcester Park

Martin U15s v Sandgate

Ben U16s v CB Hounslow

Simon U16s v Waddon Wanderers

Following the fine performances at both Bedford Town and Arlesey Town, Ashford surrendered all three points on Tuesday evening, losing 3-4 to Fleet Town.

It has to be accepted that if you concede four goals at home, you can hardly blame anyone but yourself and doubtless Ben Murray has emphasised that point to his players.   Unfortunately though, the outcome of the match was greatly influenced by an admitted error by the referee for Fleet’s opening goal on 19 minutes.  At both half-time and full-time Mr. Atkin accepted that he had made a big mistake in blowing his whistle for a goal when the ball was a yard or more from crossing the line.  Everybody stopped except Fleet’s Ben White who banged the ball in the net, only for the referee to award a goal when everyone thought he had stopped play to give Ashford a free kick.  The referee was eventually persuaded to speak to the assistant but apparently only to confirm that there had not been a foul of any kind, which there hadn’t been.  Why the assistant did not also tell the referee at the time that the ball was nowhere near crossing the line, when he was only too ready to confirm it later, God only knows.  At the time of the incident not everyone knew exactly what had happened but the sentences above were written exactly as the referee explained afterwards.

At the time Ashford had been enjoying the lion’s share of possession but the whole incident seemed to affect the Tangerines and Fleet, looking a useful outfit, belying their position in the table, took full advantage.  To underline that it wasn’t Ashford’s night something of a bullet header put the visitors two up.  Sadly the header came from Ashford’s left back Alex Fisher who was endeavouring to clear a dangerous looking cross.  Fleet then scored again on the stroke of half-time and it looked game over.

In the end it was but this Ashford squad possess incredible determination and on the hour mark they were given hope when a long ball forward to Samad Kazi on the right flank was skilfully headed on to Mark Bitmead, whose first effort was well saved but he put the rebound in with the keeper unable to recover.

The recovery then fell flat on its face when Fleet scored again with just 18 minutes left on the clock.  Kam English then scored the Tangerines’ second goal following a mazy run and the margin was reduced to a single goal in stoppage time when Samad Kazi notched his first of the season.  There was no time left though and the visitors left with all three points and well done to them.

Ashford will have an opportunity to put this match behind them on Saturday when Uxbridge are the visitors to Short Lane.

A new book chronicling the history of Ashford Town (Middlesex) FC has been released and is available to buy in paperback and Kindle formats.

From Albion to Zazzera has been written by the club’s former General Secretary Gareth Coates, who remains involved with the club as a Vice-President.

This new work fills a significant gap, as prior to the start of the project, the club’s own records dated back only as far as 1982. From Albion to Zazzera traces the roots of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club from their formation in 1958, summarising every season up to and including promotion from the Combined Counties League at the end of last season.

The book also contains brief profiles of the seven players who have gone on to play in the Football League or an equivalent abroad and the nine footballers who have won caps for their country and also worn the Ash Trees’ distinctive tangerine and white strip.

The book also includes profiles of a number of notable personalities from different eras, information about the seven known venues the club has used for home matches and also details the achievements of two clubs to have played in the local area prior to the emergence of the current club. A foreword to the book has been written by club Patron and television and theatre personality Russell Grant.

Author Gareth Coates stated: “This project has been a real ‘labour of love’ and to see the book in print after seven years of research, interviews and writing is a dream come true. It’s fantastic to know that there is a proper record of the club’s story available for anyone to read. It’s also been a fantastic opportunity to pay tribute to a handful of the many people who have helped to make the club the brilliant organisation that it is and I hope that the end result will bring pleasure to many people.”

From Albion to Zazzera is available to buy from Amazon in paperback at a cost of £9.99 and in a Kindle edition priced £4.99.

The book will be officially launched at Ashford’s home Evo-Stik League Southern match against Barton Rovers on Saturday 22nd October. This date has been selected as it falls the day before the anniversary of the highest-scoring match in the club’s history. That game – a 13-6 win over Trinity Sports Reserves – saw Graham Atkin score eight times, which remains the highest individual tally by an Ashford player in a single game. It is hoped that Mr Atkin will be in attendance at the match, which is also the latest “Junior Day”, where the club’s various teams for children will be celebrated for their contribution to the club.

A limited number of copies will be on sale at the game and supporters who wish to reserve one should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as the books need to be ordered in advance.

There will be the opportunity to place orders online for home delivery in the event that the copies on sale at the match sell out. 

A  preview of the 1st Team match at home to Uxbridge on Saturday will appear later today but here are the junior fixtures for this Sunday plus last Sunday's results.

Ashford Sports Club - Club House 11-a-side Pitch
Martin U15s v AFC Westend 10am
Paul U13s v Cheam Sports 11.30am

Ashford Sports Club – Short Lane 11-a-side Pitch

Carl Men v Wayfares 10.30 

Ashford Sports Club – 9 – 9 Pitch
No Fixture

 

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 1 
No fixtures

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 2

Chris U8s & Neil U8s v Bedfont/Halliford 10am (4 team tournament)

Bill U8s v Claygate/Corinthian/Epsom 12pm (4 team tournament)

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch
Andy U9s v Doverhouse 10am 
Matt U9s v Rhys U9s 11am
Matt U10s v Bedfont 12pm

Ashford Town 9 – 9 Pitch
Graham U11s v AFC Walcountians 12pm  

Ashford Town – Outfield
Larry U13s v Kew Park Rangers 10.30 
Craig U14s v SCR Colts 12pm  

Ashford Town Stadium
No fixture  

Away Games

Steve U8s v 4 team mini tournament (AFC Fulham)
Ryan U9s v Esher Wizards 
Kirk U11s v Oxshott
Nelson U11s v Lyne
Fin U14s v Ascot 
Ben U16s v Met Police 
Conor U16s v Woking Cougars
Simon U16s v Kingston Town

No Games
Micheal U7
Joe U12s

 

Results 25th September
Andy U9s 2-5 Whitton 
Matt U9s 3-2 Claygate 
Matt U10s 4-2 Bedfont & Feltham
Kirk U11s 3-3 Rocks Lane
Joe U12s 1-9 Chertsey Town
Larry U13s 7-1 Hampton Youth
John U13s 1-1 Elm Grove 
Paul U13s 2-4 Farnham 
Craig U14s 2-2 Whitton 
Fin U14s 2-2 Worcester Park
Martin U15s 3-4 Sandgate 
Ben U16s 1-2 CB Hounslow 
Simon U16s 0-5 Wadden

Ashford come up against local rivals from the other side of the airport on Saturday, in the shape of Uxbridge FC.  Kick off at Short Lane is 3.00 p.m.

The Tangerines will be hoping for a better outcome than the last season in which our two sides met which was  in 2013-2014, when we lost heavily on both occasions, 0-4 at home and 1-5 away.  Our solitary goal was scored by Joe Lynch on one of his few 1st Team appearances.  Indeed in 12 matches overall, we have only managed three wins, the most emphatic being a 3-0 win in February 2010, when Isiah Rankin scored twice and Jordan Kiffin notched the other.

Had we managed to win on Tuesday we would be coming into the match in 3rd place but, as it is, we stand in 6th position.  Our visitors are 14th at present but with a match in hand over most clubs so there is little to choose in terms of league results to date.  Uxbrodge have recorded something of a mixed bag in recent weeks, by far the most impressive being a 2-2 draw in midweek away to Farnborough.  On the other side of the coin they lost at home to Royston 0-2 last Saturday and also went out of the FA Cup at the hands of Harrow Borough.  Their other September result was a 1-1 draw against Marlow.

It was good to see Lewis Taylor back in our colours again on Tuesday after his horrific injury and we need to put that result behind us and indeed the refereeing decision that baffled everyone and presented a goal to the opposition.

On Tuesday we have a night off from league action as we travel to Slough’s new stadium in the League Cup.  We won’t be expected to win and can play with complete freedom.  They are now at their new ground, the address of which is:  Arbour Park, Stoke Road, Slough, SL2 5AY.  There are comprehensive directions on the Slough web site, as follows:  from the M4: Exit at Junction 5 (signposted Colnbrook/Datchet/Langley) and head west on London Road (A4). Pass the Sainsbury’s Superstore on your right hand side and drive straight over the roundabout, continuing on London Road. Pass the Tesco Slough Extra store and then the turning to Slough Rail station on your right and at the next junction, turn right onto Stoke Road (B416). Continue along Stoke Road for 0.7 miles, going straight ahead at the crossroads with Shaggy Calf Lane and Elliman Avenue (following the signpost to Slough Cemetery & Crematorium, Wexham Park Hospital and Stoke Poges). The entrance to Arbour Park is a few hundred yards further on the right hand side.

Annoyingly there is very little parking at the ground apparently, and their website suggests various places, all though with a minium10-15 minute walk.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

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