Ashford head to Chalfont St. Peter this afternoon and will be glad to get back to playing league matches, with a lot of catching up to do after the two cup runs in the FA Cup and Trophy.

Firstly, congratulations to Alan Hedley of Chalfont who will be playing his 500th match for the club.  In non-league football today, that is a tremendous achievement and we congratulate him upon it.  Whether our own long serving skipper Russell Canderton will be in action remains to be seen following his back strain incurred last Saturday.

Our opponents have hit some form with consecutive wins over both AFC Dunstable and Kempston Rovers recently as a result of which they have risen to 9th place in the table.  We are in 6th with at least two matches in hand over all the clubs above us.  A win today could see us in 3rd position this evening but defeat could see us dropping several places as it is all very bunched.

We can take little comfort in our recent playing record against Chalfont which can reasonably be described as ropey.  Last season, on exactly the same weekend we managed a 0-0 draw but we have now not beaten them in the last eight games.  Indeed it is necessary to go back to our second ever meeting which was in March 2001, when we last won, although that was a good one by eight goals to nil in our first season in the Ryman League Division 3.  One player scored five goals for us in that match, a certain D. Logie who had previously been a prolific scorer for Bedfont and we thought it was a real coup getting hold of him but he went on to disappear again after just five games.

Kick-off today is 3.00 p.m. as usual and the address of the ground is Mill Meadow, Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 9QX.  There is plenty of parking available and from ground to ground it is a journey of 17 miles each way.