The Football Association has released the line-ups for 2017-18.  Ashford remain in the Central Division of the Southern League but there are six ins and outs from last season.

OUTS are Royston Town (promoted), Farnborough (promoted), Petersfield Town (relegated), Histon (relegated), Potters Bar Town (transferred to Isthmian League North) and Kidlington (transferred to Southern League South and West)

INS are AFC Rushden & Diamonds (transferred from Northern Prem Div 1 South), Cambridge City (relegated from Southern League Prem), Hartley Wintney (promoted from CCL), Hayes & Yeading United (relegated from Southern League Prem), Moneyfields (promoted from Wessex League), and Thames United (promoted from Hellenic League)

Of the clubs moving into the Central Division, we shall be facing three clubs against whom we have never played before, Namely AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Cambridge City and Moneyfields (from the Portsmouth area).

The full constitution is:

  • AFC Dunstable
  • AFC Rushden & Diamonds
  • Arlesey Town
  • Ashford Town (Middlesex)
  • Aylesbury
  • Aylesbury United
  • Barton Rovers
  • Beaconsfield Town
  • Bedford Town
  • Cambridge City
  • Chalfont St. Peter
  • Egham Town
  • Fleet Town
  • Hanwell Town
  • Hartley Wintney
  • Hayes & Yeading United
  • Kempston Rovers
  • Marlow
  • Moneyfields
  • Northwood
  • Thame United
  • Uxbridge

 

Ashford held their AGM on Thursday 11 May 2017.

Unlike one or two in the past, matters proceeded smoothly!  Paul Blair and Steve Clark were voted in as Football Secretary and Finance Director respectively, to replace Geoff Knock and Jason Brown, both of whom had indicated that they wished to stand down although both will be remaining on the General Committee.  Steve has been with the club right back to the 60’s and has performed many roles for Ashford, including long stints behind the bar in the past and is also an ex-player.  Paul was previously the Secretary of Ash United and is a councillor with Surrey County FA, specialising amongst other things, in Chartered Standard and Welfare.  He is also an active officer of the Combined Counties League Management structure.

All of last season’s directors and committee members were voted back in and there will be a new addition to the committee in the shape of Paul Mann, who, along with his wife, has been a faithful supporter of the club for a number of years.  Paul is an ex-referee who started to support Ashford when his son Jim Mann was playing for the Club.  The first meeting of the new Committee will be on Thursday 8 June (8.00 p.m. at the Club).

Two people were also elected to the honorary position of Vice-President.  One is Paul Burgess, now with Spelthorne Sports but who holds the records for the highest number of appearances for the club before going on to become manager.  Paul indicated a little while ago that he would be pleased to accept the invitation and the whole membership were unanimous in accepting the proposal.  We will name the other person once we have received his formal acceptance

The majority of the pre-season matches have now been resolved but we are still looking for an away match on Saturday 15 July against any club from Step 6 upwards and a home or away game against ideally Step 2/3 opposition on Saturday 29 July.  Anyone reading this who would be interested in filling one of these spots should please contact Alan Constable at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are still a few spare seats for the Presentation Evening tonight at the Meadhurst Club in Sunbury when all the awards will be announced and the medals given out.  Please get in touch if you would like to come at the last minute.

Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies lifted the Capital Women's Junior Cup with victory over Whyteleafe Ladies last Sunday at Bedfont Sports.

Holly Isaacs, Vicky James and Laura Huse scored in the convincing victory, but it was Lavana Neufville's two goals just past the hour mark which sealed the win for The Tangerines.

Isaacs latched onto Neufvilles corss to tap into an empty net with only six minutes played. Captain, James made it 2-0 ten minutes after when her rocket of a free kick rebounded in off the cross bar.

Steve Earl, the match day referee awarded a free kick again to Ashford just before halftime, this time James delivered a cross to the far post for Laura Huse to volley in. 3-0 at half time and Whyteleafe looked out of the game at this point.

H/T: 3-0

Ashford conceded a penalty early on the second half but when Lavana Neufville controlled Beth Sheehan's perfectly weighted cross, she managed to turn and finish to restore Ashford three goal deficit.

Ashford continued to drive forward with Charmaine Benham and Sheehan both forcing the goalkeeper into great saves.

F/T: 5-1

Great football from Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies who played very impressive football throughout. Whyteleafe were a credit to themselves demonstrating how strong a side they were by going close a number of times. We wish them luck next season and for a speedy recovery to their player who was taken in an Ambulance.

LINEUP: L Restel, A Luzar, L Huse, N Jacobs, J Boyd, V James, L Richardson, C Benham, L Neufville, B Sheehan, H Isaacs

SUBS: S Phillips, T Mills

Updated 16:32 - 8 May 2017 by William Boye

Ashford maintained their winning run and brought the season to a successful conclusion on Monday evening in the Final of the Middlesex Charity Cup, played at Hanwell Town FC, beating a full strength Wealdstone 2-1.

Ben Murray stuck to the same squad that had beaten Hampton & Richmond just six days earlier in the semi-final and in front of 332 spectators, Ashford could not have  enjoyed a better start, earning a penalty just 11 seconds into the match, when Dan Fleming was clearly pulled back.  Alex Fisher was on penalty duties and coolly finished for Ashford’s quickest goal of the season.  It could have been two just minutes later as Dan Fleming hit a fierce drive which went just over.

Overall, Ashford looked well up for the contest and possibly caught their opponents, who were maybe anticipating an easier ride,  on the hop by their overall application and it was not really a surprise when Dan Fleming, having a super game, latched on to a through ball and gave the keeper no chance, as he doubled the lead.

Wealdstone were rattled without a doubt but fought back, as was inevitable, and almost reduced the arrears when a fierce free kick rattled the bar.  Generally though, Ashford were defending stoutly and Tyler Tobin in goal was a competent keeper behind the back four.  Max Webb, a driving force for much of the time, picked up a knock and had to be replaced at half-time by Scott Weight, who added all his experience after the resumption.

The second half took on a different complexion though as Wealdstone pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when former Ashford favourite Ricky Wellard found himself unmarked at the far post as he converted a low cross.

The goal led to a sustained, long period of pressure as Wealdstone sensed blood and went all out for an equaliser.  There were many close things, including a disallowed goal, and a miraculous goal line clearance from skipper Russ Canderton, playing his 642nd competitive match for the Tangerines.  Ashford were largely restricted to breakaways but in one, an excellent ball from Jack Beadle gave Mark Bitmead the opportunity to make it safe but he couldn’t quite convert.

In the main though it was backs to the wall stuff and the whole team deserves great credit as they kept Wealdstone out with incredible determination, despite the allotted six minutes of stoppage time which was nearer to eight, but in the end Ashford held out to win the trophy for the third time in their history and end the season on a high, which promises much for next season, which begins in earnest on Saturday 12 August.  Details of pre-season matches will be published in due course.

The County named Dan Fleming as the “Man of the Match” which was well deserved after arguably one of his best ever performances for the club, especially in the first half.

Ashford would like to thank the County for their hard work in facilitating the Final, and indeed, Hanwell Town for their excellent hospitality.

That’s not it for cup finals, as the Ladies still have two to look forward to, the first being this coming Sunday in the Capital Women’s Cup against Whyteleafe Ladies, which is being played at Bedfont Sports, kick-off 2.00 p.m. which, coupled with the Charity match at Ashford in the morning, makes it an ideal double for the day.  It will also be an excellent opportunity to view Bedfont’s new 3G pitch which looks superb.

 

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our first ever 5 a side senior ladies tournament on Sunday 19th June 2016 at Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club.

To register your team(s) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form.

The entrance fee is only £15 to enter!

Our Venue
Ashford Town Football Club, Short Lane, Ashford.TW19 7BH
Car Parking will be available.
Hot & cold food, hot and cold beverages, refreshments etc will be available
The bar will be open from 10am

The Day
1st game will KO at 12pm
ALL teams to arrives 30 Minutes before the start of games.
5 aside round robin matches – no player swapping between teams.
Tournament rules will be discussed during the managers briefing before the   games start.

General Info
Confirmation email will be sent on receipt of application
Unsuccessful applications will be returned with payment.
Entrance fee is just £15.00 per team

If you have any question please contact Will Boye on 07572 439 048 OR Nick Bailey on 07876 686807.

With the news that Football League  club Barnet FC  will be sending a mixed side to Ashford on Saturday 30 July, the pre-season schedule is now complete, as follows:

Sat 9 July             a. Knaphill (3G)

Tue 12 July          a. Colliers Wood United

Sat 16 July           a. CB Hounslow United

Sat 23 July           a. Shoreham

Tue 26 July          a. Banstead Athletic

Sat 30 July           H. BARNET

Tue 2 August      H. MOLESEY

Sat 6 August       League Season starts

Message from Vice Chairman Nick Bailey
 
This Bank Holiday Monday we are holding a Family fun day at the club, everyone is welcome to attend.
 
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY BAR DEAL: 
2 bottles of Fosters Gold or Corona for £5.00 
Pint of Fosters for £3.00
 
Don't forget we also have Speckled Hen (5.2%) on draft at the moment.
 
BBQ 
The BBQ will be manned by Simon for the day all we ask is that you bring something to chuck on it - I will bring a few boxes of burgers, if you want anything else bring it along and Simon will cook it. Rain or shine the BBQ will still be running as we will have it covered by a marquee. 
 
Goal will be put up for the kids, the music will be on and the bar will be open from 11am
 
Everyone welcome
 
See you on Monday. 
 
Nick. 
 

Ashford held their annual Presentation Evening on Friday evening at a superbly equipped Kempton Park.

Understandably, with promotion having been achieved, everyone was in high spirits and following the food everyone was ready for the speeches and presentations.  Up first was Vice-Chairman Nick Bailey who spoke about the Under-18 side, who, in the very tough Ryman Youth League, had not enjoyed a massively successful season in terms of results but several of the players had gained experience, including being part of the 1st Team squad, especially Harry Herdman, who was expected to come into the 1st team reckoning on a regular basis next season.  Indeed the “Manager’s Player of the Year” award duly went to Harry, whilst the “Players’ Player of the Year” went to Kasey Williams, whose consistency was duly rewarded.

Up next was Will Boye, highly successful Ladies Manager.  In their first season with the Club, the ladies had regularly notched up more than ten goals and had won their division of the Greater London Women’s League by the beginning of January.  They had also reached the Final of their County Cup, losing only on penalties in a rare defeat and had been a credit to the club.

Although she is far too modest to describe herself as such, the star of the side is undoubtedly Ashley Cheatley, whose goal scoring exploits had led to selection for the County side.  She was recognised by her team mates, winning the “Players’ Player of the Year” award and also selected by Will as the winner of the “Most Skilful Player”.  The Manager’s “Player of the Seaon” went to Vicky James, another well deserved award.  She also won the “Best Trainer” award and the accolade of scoring the best goal of the season.  There were various other awards for Amber Luzar, Tia Prior, Charlotte McGregor, Irisha Smith, Frida Larsson.  

Up stepped 1st Team manager Ben Murray who was his usual entertaining self.  He spoke about the season and how proud he was of the players in achieving promotion and felt that we were in good shape for the challenge of Step 4 football next season, despite the fact that we would be up against some big clubs in the next campaign.  Club Captain Rusell Canderton, who will achieve his 600th appearance for the club next season also spoke and gave an excellent speech.

The quality within the squad was possibly emphasised by the fact that three different players took the main awards.  The “Supporters’ Player of the Season” was presented by Chad Beadle to Samad Kazi, who had still reached double figures in the goal scoring stakes, despite spending half the season playing in central defence, whilst the choice for the “Players’ Player of the Year” went to Scott Weight,  whose experience had been invaluable throughout the season.  The Manager’s “Player of the Year” though went to the popular Jack Beadle who had barely missed a match and had made a vital contribution with 22 goals from midfield.

The goal scoring abilities of both Mark Bitmead (42 over the season) and Dan Fleming (27) were duly recognised, whilst Tyler Tobin had made 59 appearances out of 60, with Alex Fisher just behind him on 58.

Finally we came to the “Jack Constable Clubman of the Year” award, which has now been going strong since 1983.  This is awarded annually to the person considered by the committee, who cast their votes in 1-2-3 order, to have most enhanced the club over the season.  It is often won by a member of the Committee but can also go to a member of the Management or the Playing Staff or even a supporter.

As usual the voting was close, with no less than 12 people receiving votes which rather demonstrates just how much work is put in by various people in the club, but the overall winner this year was Dan Butler, whose untiring and varied efforts were duly recognised.  Just behind him were our dynamic Vive-Chairman Nick Bailey, followed by Chad Beadle and Chris Canderton, with honourable mentions for Liam Balmer, Emma Bailey, Sue Cox, Mark Green, Ben Murray and others who all received votes.  Chairman Dave Baker stepped up to present the award.

The Chairman was also on hand to present five of our hard working ladies with bouquets to recognise their efforts, namely Sue Cox, Kate McNally, Louise Munns, Debbie Beadle and Emma Bailey.  Without these ladies, it would be hard for the Club to function, so our grateful thanks go to all of them.

The evening went on with dancing to the Jake Taylor disco.  Our thanks go to Kempton Park and their hard working staff  and also to Nick Bailey and Ben Murray who had organised matters to the last detail.

Don’t forget that the club is open every day except Mondays and with the refurbishment almost complete, it is now a venue to be proud of but we need people to use it, so please come down whenever you can.  The next major function is on Bank Holiday, Monday 30 May, which will be a barbecue and which we hope will be well supported.  There will be more about that on the web site in due course, as will a detailed list of our pre-season friendlies, most of which are now confirmed.  We are still looking for a Step 2/3/4 side to come to us on Saturday 30 July, but if one doesn’t materialise soon, we have had offers from two or three very good Step 5 clubs and a decision will be made this coming week.

 

As part of all the ongoing development, members and customers at Ashford will soon be able to pay their bar bills by credit or debit card if they wish to do so.  The agreement was signed today and we should be up and running within the next 10 days.

There may be a very small charge for using your credit card but it will not cost anything if you use a debit card.