It is a bonus to complete the season with a Cup Final and, following the win over Hampton & Richmond last Tuesday, Ashford now look forward to the Middlesex Charity Cup Final against Wealdstone on Bank Holiday Monday, to be played at Hanwell Town FC, kick-off 7.30 p.m. 

Following a 1-1 draw on Saturday, away to East Thurrock, Wealdstone have just finished in 8th place in the National League South, so we are very much underdogs, as, of course, we were in the last two rounds against Wingate & Finchley and Hampton & Richmond Borough.  We have the bonus though of coming into the match full of confidence with three consecutive victories behind us, no injuries and just one defeat in the last nine competitive games.

One former player we may come up against in the Wealdstone squad is Ricky Wellard, who left us for AFC Wimbledon, for whom he played in the Football League and is now at Wealdstone.  Ricky left us at the end of the 2008-2009 season, with 190 appearances for the club under his belt and 25 goals.  This will be the first occasion we have come across him since then as a direct rival.

We have actually come up against Wealdstone in competitive games on 12 previous occasions, the most recent being in December 2012, when, after a nil-nil draw we managed to win the penalty shoot out by 5 goals to 4 in the Senior Cup, our penalty scorers on that night being Mark Bitmead, Joe Bennett, Kofi Lockhart-Adams, Jack Mullan and Perry Luckins.  We were competitors for three seasons in the Ryman Premier, until they went one way and we went the other, and we actually managed to complete a double over them in the 2007-2008 season.  All in the past, of course, and we congratulate Wealdstone and long serving manager Gordon Bartlett upon reaching their current level and having a good season that saw them on the edge of the play-offs.

Don’t forget that Ashford Ladies have two cup finals still to play, the details being as follows:

Sunday 7th May 2017 Capital Womens Cup
Fixture: Whyteleafe Ladies v Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies FC
Venue: Bedfont Sports Football Club (3G Pitch) TW14 9JR
Kick Off: 14:00

Sunday 21st May 2017 GLWFL Trophy
Fixture: Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies FC v Battersea & Hammersmith
Venue: Hampton & Richmond Borough FC (Grass Pitch) TW12 2BX
Kick Off: 13:15

Also a reminder that we have the annual presentation evening on Friday 12 May at the Meadhurst Club.  If you are coming and have not yet paid, please see Graham Cooley asap as places are limited.  We shall certainly have one cup to re-present, that being the County Cup won by one of our Under-13 sides a few weeks.

The Club AGM is the evening before, on 11 May at the Club (8.00 p.m.) when everyone with an interest in the club is very welcome to attend

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
07:45PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)