Following last week’s reasonably comfortable win against Camberley Town, Ashford look forward to entertaining Hartley Wintney this afternoon.  Just as Camberley did last week, they arrive here with two big wins under their belt, against Guildford City and Colliers Wood, with striker Rob Argent having scored eight goals in those two matches

It is far too early to concede the championship but that said, it is for our visitors to throw it away, coming into today’s game as they do, with a six point lead and two matches in hand.  There is still plenty of football to be played though, with a further 24 points to be contested as far as Ashford is concerned anything can still happen.  There seems to be speculation around the League that our visitors may not be able to carry out all the ground improvements they require for promotion in time and perhaps they will shed some light on their situation this afternoon.  We cannot worry about that though as it is out of our hands but just in case it is true, second place would then obviously assume far more importance and we have to strive to the end, irrespective of this afternoon’s result.

We played at Hartley Wintney in midweek soon after the start of the season when we lost 0-2.  Although the first half was even enough, we rather disintegrated in the second period and the scoreline could have been worse.  There was a degree of mitigation as there was a major road accident that evening resulting in players arriving late and with our opponents unable or unwilling to put the kick-off back for a short period, we never seemed composed and the situation was not helped by a bad injury on the night to Mark Bitmead, who found himself carried off the pitch for the second season in a row at Hartley Wintney.

Whatever the result today, we have another match in 48 hours time away to Chertsey Town, when the kick-off will be at 12.30 p.m.  They have pulled away from the relegation area recently and we shall need to be just as up for it on Monday as doubtless the squad will be today.

The Under-18’s endured a disappointing result on Thursday, losing 0-8 to Staines Town who, admittedly have a strong team.  It was never going to be an easy game but frankly some of the players let their manager down and they need to do a lot better this coming Wednesday at home to Bedfont Sports.  The result was particularly disappointing coming, as it did, after the fine 5-2 win at Northwood the previous week.

The pressure for 1st team results will not ease next Saturday when we travel to Horley Town, who were in the hunt for promotion until quite recently.  Talking to their Chairman at Hanworth Villa earlier this week, they have now conceded that they will not achieve that this season but they have been a thorn in our side on more than one occasion.  It is probably our longest trip of the season but still seems quite local in comparison to some of the trips we made in the Southern League, often in midweek, to places like Daventry, Rugby etc and in the early 2000’s out to Taunton and Willenhall near Walsall.  It is a different world at Step 4 and we need to be ready for it, on and off the field, just in case it becomes relevant.

Forthcoming Events

02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament