It has become a regular problem this season and on Saturday it happened again as Ashford, playing well, took the lead against Cambridge City only to concede two in a minute and lose the match 1-2.

Ashford’s gamble of allowing free entry for all was justified by an attendance of 193 and the burger bar running out in the end.  We would also like to thank the plenty of Cambridge supporters who made the journey and did their bit by buying Ashford Christmas draw tickets in lieu of paying to get in.  There will be a full results list on the website shortly.

There was team news before the match, with both Will Boye and Yah-Ya El Kabouche having left the club in a playing sense, although Will will still be running the Ladies’ side.  Will is looking for regular 1st team football and is likely to join one of the top CCL sides while Yah-Ya has joined Uxbridge, after joining us at the start of the season.  We thank both of them for their services to the club.

Coming in the opposite direction and returning to the club is Mitchal Gough who has signed on dual registration with Kingstonian.  Missing regulars Romario Jonas, Max Webb and Dan Fleming all returned to the starting line up after being missing in midweek.

In the first half Ashford did well enough against their promotion seeking opponents but neither side was able to break the deadlock and there were no goals.  Fifteen minutes into the second period though Ashford took the lead.  A corner was swung in by Jack Beadle and in attempting to clear, a visiting defender could only nod it across goal where Alex Fisher was stationed at the far post and he reacted well to nod home from close range.

It had been a tight game and more than one person had opined at half-time that whoever scored first would win the match.  Unfortunately it was wishful thinking as far as Ashford were concerned and on the hour mark Cambridge equalised through Ross Pattinson.  It was a decent effort as the defence seemed to have gone missing.  Before Ashford could settle down, the visitors then turned the game on its head as only Tyler Tobin reacted to a lofted ball but James Hall was first on to it with a well finished effort.

It was a familiar situation with Ashford now chasing the match and although the likes of Gough, James Cottee and others all went close, the writing seemed on the wall.  As always, there were plenty of honourable (and some not so honourable) misses but in the end Cambridge defended their lead and avenged their defeat against Ashford in the opening match of the season and by the same scoreline of 2-1

After Saturday’s away win, Ashford suffered a frustrating defeat on Tuesday evening by two goals to 1 away to Hanwell Town.  A number of regulars were on the missing list, no doubt for good reasons, but perhaps the player missed most was Max Webb presumably out after taking a knock on Saturday.

The opening goal was conceded before the match had really got going, when a inswinging corner was not dealt with by Ashford’s on loan keeper Marcin Brzozowski, leaving Hanwell’s  Charlie Mitchell to put his side ahead.

The match settled down and it was a largely even contest at that stage.  Kam English was starting to make his mark down the right flank though as the Tangerines started to press that bit harder to restore parity.  The next goal though was also scored by Hanwell.  A huge clearance looked a simple one for Will Boye to clear but the ball somehow went over his head and bounced nicely for Glen Yaya-Bloasie who will probably never hit a ball as cleanly again as his effort gave Brzozwski little chance as it flew into the top corner from distance.

It was frustrating as Ashford had hit the woodwork twice and seen another effort cleared from the line but it’s goals that matter and Ashford had it all to do in the second period.  The boys did their best but bad luck and continued wild shooting undid their efforts.  English gave us the most exciting moment when he dribbled through at pace from the hallway line only to see his effort beat the keeper and then go inches wide of the far post.

As all sides do Hanwell, especially their keeper, who had looked vulnerable in the first half, wasted time to an irritating degree and whilst referee Bodell added on six minutes of stoppage time, he did nothing about it at the time.  To be fair both sides maintained their discipline and there were no cautions in the match but why do officials not show a yellow card for the first bit of obvious time wasting and then it would stop for the rest of the game.

Ashford continued to press throughout the half but Bodell had found his form and the ball simply would not go in.  James Cottee, arguably Ashford’s best player on the night, finally broke the deadlock, glancing home a deft header from Tommy Brunton’s deep cross  on 88 minutes but it was too little too late.  Everyone was down at the end but that’s football and the opportunity to bounce back comes on Saturday when we will entertain one of the front runners in Cambridge City.

ENTRANCE TO THIS MATCH WILL BE FREE FOR ALL SPECTATORS , so please use your extra cash at the tea bar and/or by buying a book or two of Ashford’s Christmas Draw tickets (just £1 a book).  The draw will take place as soon as possible after the match.

Following Saturday’s game, we are at home again on Saturday 30 December when Moneyfields FC are the visitors for their first visit ever to Short Lane and then again on Tuesday 2 January when Marlow come to Short Lane.

As far as is known, there are no problems with this evening’s match away to Hanwell Town, which kicks off at 7.45 p.m.

The address of the ground is the Powerday Stadium, Perivale Lane, Greenford, UB6 8TL

Ashford travelled to Arlesey Town on Saturday and returned with all three points in a 3-1 win.

Arlesey did well to get the game on with several other matches being postponed but the pitch was perfectly payable.  It was distinctly colder that little bit further up north but both sides conspired to give the fairly meagre crowd a decent match to watch.

Ashford’s injury situation has eased with Scott Weight being the latest player to return and manager Ben Murray immediately put him back in the starting eleven.  Ashford also had two debutants in the starting line up, namely goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, plus defender Hussain Heidari who has signed on a permanent basis from Hampton & Richmond.  Both were impressive in their first match for the club and they certainly made up for the missing Tyler Tobin and Alex Fisher.

Arlesey are firmly rooted at the foot of the table but they did not look like it as they played some very good football and enjoyed at least as much possession as Ashford but what they lacked was any kind of killer instinct in front of goal, whereas Ashford always looked dangerous when they attacked.

That view was demonstrated as early as the 7th minute when, in virtually their first attack, Max Webb picked the ball up just outside the penalty area and was allowed to drill a low shot past the keeper.

Seven minutes later, Ashford scored again.  This time it came from a penalty when Romario Jonas had his legs whipped away in the area.  In the absence of both regular penalty takers, Mark Bitmead and Alex Fisher, James Cottee stepped up but saw his effort pushed aside.  Great credit though goes to Jack Beadle who was the first to react and he slid the ball back across goal for Cottee to tap it home.

Given their position and going two down so early, one might have expected the home side to capitulate but they didn’t and one of their forwards missed an opportunity to score when the goal was gaping.  Ashford were on the back foot for a while but regained their momentum before half-time and effectively made the match safe with a third goal on the stroke of half-time.  Once again Cottee was involved and he won a difficult header to set Kam English away and the latter responded by advancing and unleashing an unstoppable shot that flew into the net before the keeper could react.  It was undoubtedly the goal of the match and English’s first since returning to the club from Marlow.

The second half was a quieter affair as Ashford rarely looked like squandering their lead despite Arlesey’s best efforts.  Sub Jabir Laraba, on up front, ran his socks off for the Tangerines as usual but will be kicking himself for missing what looked a very simple opportunity to increase the lead, while Brzozowski found himself quite busy at times.  The result rarely looked in doubt though until a minute from the end when Nathaniel Fowler pulled one back for the home side.  It was too late though and the match was soon over.  It was played in a good spirit and well refereed by Mr. Donnellan, who officiated with good humour and never once found it necessary to go to his notebook.

Ashford now go to Hanwell Town on Tuesday evening.  After last season it is a major surprise to see them at the wrong end of the table but as Arlesey showed on Saturday, there are no easy games.  There will be more on that game later.  Also, this evening (Monday) the Under-18’s are at home to Northwood U18 in the Ryman Youth League, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

The holiday bar times will be announced shortly by our new bar sub-committee but for those who like to maintain the tradition of a drink at the Club on Christmas Day, it can be confirmed that the Club will be open on Christmas morning from 11.00 to 2.00.

As at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday we have not heard anything from today’s opponents, Arlesey Town, so hopefully this afternoon’s match at Arlesey will be on.

The address of the ground is Armadillo Stadium, Hitchin Rd, Arlesey SG15 6RS and it is a 50 mile journey between grounds, leaving the M1 at Junction 10 and then using the A1081 and A505.

The injuries are gradually reducing, and there is great news that Mark Bitmead is ahead of schedule in his recovery and may yet be back before the end of the season.  There will be a change in goal today with Tyler Tobin unavailable.  The hole has been more than adequately filled though by the signing of QPR Under-23 keeper Marcin Brzozowski on loan.

Concerning domestic matters, the Club has formed a bar-sub-committee consisting of Chairman Dave Baker, Finance Director Steve Clark and Sally Mash.  If any members have any enquiries concerning any aspect of the bar, then get in touch with one of the people mentioned so that the matter can be looked into.  Christmas opening hours will be announced shortly but it has been confirmed that the Club will be open on Christmas Day from 11.00 to 2.00 as is tradition.

The annual party takes place on Friday 22 December when Father Christmas will be on hand to dish out presents, along with his normal array of beautiful elves.  He has been advised to concentrate more on the children this year rather than the elves!  All club members and their guests are welcome to attend.



This evening's league match at home to Aylesbury United has been postponed, following an inspection by match referee Andy Bennett.

At the time of the inspection the pitch was hard but arguably playable but with the temperature likely to deteriorate and taking the journey of our opponents into consideration, Andy took the common sense approach and decided the match should be off.

The next game, therefore, is on Saturday when we travel to Arlesey Town.  In terms of temperature, the weather is scheduled to warm up a bit, so hopefully that one will be on.  The Aylesbury United match will be re-arranged in due course by Club Secretary Paul Blair in conjunction wiht his counterpart at Aylesbury.  Those given a voucher for a free hot dog or burger at tonight's match should hold on to them for when the Aylesbury match is re-scheduled.

There will be a pitch inspection on Tuesday afternoon around 2.00 p.m. when the match referee Mr. Bennett will attend, to see if the match against Aylesbury United can go ahead.

We welcome Beaconsfield Town (previously SYCOB) on Saturday and the first thing to note is that they have yet to lose an away match in the League this season.  Indeed if their home record was anything similar, they would be right at the top of the table.  As it is, they will arrive at Short Lane in 3rd place in the table so it will be a tough match.

If he is playing, we will see the return of Kofi Lockhart-Adams today in Beaconsfield colours.  Kofi’s name, of course, is permanently sealed in Ashford’s history following his arrival on the field at half-time in the Middlesex Charity Cup Final against Northwood a few seasons back, when he proceeded to score four goals after we had been three down at the break.  Another player in their ranks is Michael Peacock who was with us for a while on loan, although some time ago now.

Last season honours were even between us.  At home, on the same Saturday as this season, a goal from Kam English was not enough to rescue us from a 1-2 defeat but away, in March 2017, we came out on top by two goals to nil, both from Mark Bitmead.

We have another home match on Tuesday, against Aylesbury United and there is a special offer on the table.  If you have paid £9 to come in against Beaconsfield, make sure you collect a voucher to enable you to pay just £5 on Tuesday.  For OAP’s who have only paid a fiver today, you also need a voucher as the entrance on Tuesday will be just £1, whilst season ticket holders will receive a free hot dog or burger on Tuesday if they collect a voucher today.

We are a little bit late this year but Christmas Draw tickets will be available from tomorrow, priced at just £1 per book.  Also players and committee personnel should please collect your allocation this afternoon.


Here are the junior fixtures for this forthcoming Sunday.  Also the Ladies, who beat Bromley Ladies last Sunday to maintain their position at the top of the table, are at home on the Stadium pitch on Sunday against Brentford Ladies, kicking off at 2.00 p.m.

Ashford Sports Club - Club House 11-a-side Pitch

FC Hatton 10:30

Craig U15s v Stoneleigh 12:30

Steve U15s Met Police 2pm

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

Fin U14s v Ruislip 10am (COUNTY CUP)

Martin U16s v Stoneleigh 12pm

John U14s v Worcester Park 1:30pm

Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 1

Chris U7s v Claygate 10am

Colin U8s v Ruts 11am

Michael U8s v Sheen 12pm

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch 1

Sam U9s v Hampton 10am

Steve U9s v Abbey 11am

Chris U9s v Bedfont & Feltham 12pm

Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch 2

Andy U10s v Carshalton 10am

Matt U10s v Epsom 11am

Rhys U10s v Hampton 12pm

Ryan U10s v Barnes 1pm

Ashford Town 9 – 9 Pitch

Darren U12s v SCR Colts 10am

Andy U12s v Merton 11:15am

Ashford Town– Stadium

Ladies v Brentford 2pm

Away Games

Cam U7s v Lyne

Bill U9s v Met Police

Neil U9s v Manorcroft

Iain U11s v Sutton

Ian U13s v Carshalton

Paul U14s v Football Samurai (COUNTY CUP)

No Games

Matt U11s

Graham U12s

Fin U15s 


Frustration is all part of the game in football but Ashford felt it more keenly than usual on Tuesday evening, when they allowed neighbours Egham Town to grab an equaliser in the 93rd minute, after more or less dominating proceedings for the whole of the second half, in which the Tangerines played some excellent football but could not manage the second goal that would almost certainly have made the match theirs.

With skipper Russell Canderton’s back still causing him problems, Ashford fielded the same side as the one that beat Barton on Saturday and were soon into their stride.  Both sides had chances but Ashford generally looked to have the edge and Aaron Bufton in Egham’s goal was the Sarnie’s saviour more than once.

Ashford finally got their noses in front just before half-time and it was a quality strike from Dan Fleming, who seems to have re-captured his zest and when Dan is on form he is a threat to any defence at this level.  So it proved as he unleashed a thunderbolt from distance that gave even the excellent Bufton no chance as it rocketed into the top of the net.

The second half saw Ashford upping their game and at times it was a pleasure to watch against opponents who are certainly no mugs.  Indeed Egham defended with their lives, with Reece Yorke, who played one match for the Tangerines on loan 3-4 seasons ago at the heart of it.  When Egham were able to mount any kind of forward momentum, it usually came from a long ball which on this occasion created few problems for the visiting defence.

As time went on, with an acrobatic goal line clearance preventing a second goal, it looked as if Ashford would have to settle for a solitary goal win but a one goal lead is always precarious and in the 3rd minute of stoppage time, Egham won a corner on their left flank.  In it swung and it was the Sarnies’ Mitchell Wiseman who reacted first to head home and give his side a share of the points.

It seemed a crushing blow in that moment as Ashford at times had looked back to their best.  On reflection though it was four points from two successive away matches and re-gained confidence as Ashford look forward to the home game against Beaconsfield Town (previously SYCOB) on Saturday, followed by a further home match against Aylesbury United next Tuesday.

The “Hitchcock & King Ashford player of the match” as voted by supporters went to Elliott Poley who has waited a long time for his chance but is starting to look extremely confident in the right back role.  There was no-one who could be criticised though last night.

It is not always so easy to find the money just before Christmas but Ashford have a special offer on for supporters for the next two matches.  Anyone paying the full entry price on Saturday of £9 will receive a voucher entitling them to pay just £5 for the match on Tuesday against Aylesbury United.  There will be a similar reduction for concession tickets, with OAP’s only having to pay £1 on Tuesday if they obtain a voucher at Saturday’s match.  In addition, season ticket holders attending on Saturday will be given a voucher entitling them to a complimentary burger or hot dog on Tuesday.

Ashford Town Albion U13s have won the annual Surrey Sports Awards - Young Sports Team of the Year Award.  Congratulations to Paul, Rob and the whole squad who have again done the club proud.

Ashford returned to winning ways on Saturday with a hard earned 2-1 victory away to Barton Rovers.

It was a cold, gloomy day but a reasonable number of Ashford supporters made the journey and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Jack Beadle advanced down the left flank, turned inside and powered a fine shot home to open the scoring.

For a while, Ashford looked as if they might overwhelm their opponents but Barton came into the game, which became an even affair.   Ashford rarely looked too troubled but some sloppy play in the 32nd minute led to Dan Jarvis equalising and the teams turned round level at half-time.

The crucial winning goal though came as early as the second minute of the second half.  Alex Fisher, enjoying a fine game, came over to the right to deliver one of his trade mark free kicks and it was Max Webb who re-acted first to provide the finishing touch.

Ashford were aggrieved when a dubious off-side flag robbed Kam English of a possible goal as he raced through whilst Barton put in a number of dangerous crosses and corners but all to no avail as Ashford defended well when they had to.  Despite everyone’s best efforts, that was the end of the scoring and when the whistle blew, Ashford were more than satisfied with the three points, and no cautions in a match devoid of any stupidity by either side.

This may turn out to be the final league match we play at Barton, given the pending re-structure, which would be a shame, as they are certainly one of the most welcoming clubs we play.

Attention now turns to Tuesday evening, when we make the short trip to play our neighbours Egham Town, who just came out on top of an enthralling match, 4-3, earlier in the season at Short Lane.  Like ourselves, Egham have had some disappointing results in November and lost at home to Thame United on Saturday.  We were well beaten at Egham last season though and will need to be at our best to get anything from the match.  Kick-off is at 7.45 p.m.

The Under-18’s, despite signing a number of new players, have still to record a win this season but they continue to strive and will be at home to Camberley tomorrow evening (Monday) in the Lucas-Fettes League Cup, kick-off 7.45 p.m.   

Ashford will be away to Barton Rovers on Saturday, kick-off 3.00 p.m.  The address of the ground is 3-7 Luton Rd, Barton-le-Clay, Bedford MK45 4LQ  and it is a journey of 46 miles each way and another one that we will probably be making for the last time, given the pending re-structure at the end of the season.

Barton have been amongst the clubs in the upper half of the table in recent times but they have not fared quite so well this season and are currently in 20th place in the table.  Recent league form though shows an indication of improved form with a 1-0 win at Aylesbury, followed last Saturday by a defeat but only 1-2 against Hayes & Yeading United.  They also lost 1-4 to a Luton side in the Bedfordshire Senior Cup in midweek.

Last season, we beat them 6-3 at home in quite a remarkable match, that saw Barton take the lead, only for Ashford to turn it round and lead 5-1 in the second half.  We suddenly conceded two goals and it wasn’t until Kam English had the final say with our sixth goal that we finally secured the points.  It must have been galling for Baton’s Elliott Bailey, who scored a hatrick, including two from the spot.  It was a far less entertaining match at Barton where the sides fought out a 1-1 draw.

We have our most local derby coming up this Tuesday, 5 December, when we make the short trip to Egham Town, kick-off 7.45 p.m.