Ashford are at home again on Saturday when Kempston Rovers will be the visitors to Short Lane. It will be as tough a match as last week’s albeit for a different reason as Kempston have their sights on a play-off place by the end of the season. They are currently just one point away with a match in hand over Marlow, who currently occupy the final play-off place.
It was only recently that we visited Kempston, on a Tuesday evening, when we lost 0-2, both goals coming in the second half. We can point to a little bit of a patched up side on the night but we defended well in the first half. Kempston scored though, soon after half-time and were deserved winners on the night. Last week’s defeat has seen us drop back to 13th place but a win today could see us back to 11th.
We now know that we will be entertaining Hampton & Richmond in the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup on Tuesday 25 April, as they beat Spelthorne with some ease earlier this week by 5 goals to nil. The Final will be between ourselves or Hampton against Wealdstone or Uxbridge and is to be played on Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May, at Hanwell Town.
Next Saturday we go to Aylesbury in what will be another important match for the opposition with them trying to stave off the challenge of Histon at the bottom of the League and we then play Farnborough here on Easter Monday, kick-off 3.00 p.m. Farnborough will almost certainly have clinched 2nd place in the Division by then but it will be a big day for us, with it having been designated “Charity Day” when members from the HASAG charity who have given great help to our Chairman Dave Baker, will be present. We hope that your generosity will help us to swell their coffers in a very worthwhile cause.
We shall also be saying goodbye as far as the Physio role is concerned to Pat Munns, who has now given this club 50 years’ service, both on and off the field. Take the writer’s word, Pat was as good a keeper as we have ever had at Ashford, which is saying a huge amount, and it was only his loyalty that prevented him playing at a far higher level. Pat will have two of his grandchildren, Alfie and Hope, here on the day, to act as mascots.
As most will be aware, Royston have now clinched the divisional title and we send them our congratulations.
There are myriad junior fixtures on Sunday including our County Cup winning Under-13’s who will be gracing the main pitch tomorrow as a reward for their efforts
These are the games:
Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 1
Chris U8s v Bedfont Eagles 10am
Ashford Town 5 – 5 Pitch 2
Neil U8s v Whitton 10am
Steve U8s v CB Hounslow 11am
Ashford Town 7 – 7 Pitch
Ryan U9s v Hampton Youth 10am
Ashford Town 9 – 9 Pitch
Graham U11s v Kingston Town 11am
Ashford Town – Outfield
Simon U16s v Ashtead 10am
Ben U16s v Sheen Lions 11.30
Conor U16s v Ashtead 1pm (double header)
Ashford Town– Stadium
Paul U13s v Woodmansterne 10am
Ladies v New London Lionesses 2pm
Cass U8s v Manorcroft
Matt U10s v Sandgate
Kirk U11s v Met Police
Larry U13s v Corinthian
Fin U14s v Shelton Athletic
The Ladies’ match is in the semi-final of the GLWFL Trophy against New London Lionesses, kicking off at 2.00 p.m.