It was all smiles for Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies Football Club yesterday afternoon as the Greater London Division 2 (South) champions came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and record a historic treble.

Battersea & Hammersmith went ahead in the first fifteen minutes after pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty box. They scored their second shortly after when a flick eluded the back four and the Battersea & Hammersmith forward struck on the half volley.

The Tangerines began to find their feet and just before the half time whistle, top goalscorer Lavana Neufville popped up and headed in Vicky James' corner.

H/T: 1-2

Ashford came out in the second half with an extra spring in their step and before they knew it Neufville got her second of the game.

The Tangerines were in the driving seat and continued to create opportunities at will.

Ashford completed the remarkable come back when Beth Sheehan lobbed the goalkeeper from close range.

F/T: 3-2

This victory capped off a treble winning season for Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies winning the GLWFL Division 2 (South), County Cup & League Cup.

LINEUP: L Restel, T Mills, L Huse, N Jacobs, J Boyd, V James, C Benham, S Phillips, B Sheehan, H Isaacs, L Neufville

SUBS: A O'Sullivan, C Dalrymple, L Richardson

Ashford Ladies will hope to crown a highly successful season on Sunday with their second cup final victory of the season, this time against Battersea & Hammersmith Ladies in the Greater London Women’s League Trophy Final.  The match will take place at Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, Beveree Stadium, Beaver Close, Hampton, TW12 2BX, kicking off at 1.15 p.m.  B & H Ladies play at the same level as our ladies and have just finished in 2nd place in the Northern section, having won 11 and drawn 4 of their 16 league matches, so it should be a close match.

It is one of three finals taking place at the same venue tomorrow and parking is always tight at Hampton but there should be plenty of room around the side roads if you can’t get into the very small car park.

The Club is pleased to announce its “Early Bird Special” scheme for season 2017-2018.

You can purchase a season ticket for just £75 and this will entitle you to attend all 1st Team home matches and all Under-18 matches throughout the season, the only exception being FA Cup and FA Trophy games, due to FA rules requiring everyone to pay.  To be eligible for this scheme, you need to make full payment BEFORE 30 June.  Season tickets bought after this date will cost £100, and although still a considerable saving, the “Early Bird” offer will save you a full 25%.

Payment can be made over the bar but please include your name, address, phone contact number and email address.  The latter will enable you to be added to the official emailing list which in turn means you will receive news, information and all sorts of things involving the club.

We hope that all committee members will also embrace the scheme, as per the email to committee members yesterday.  Two members have already made payments.

It would be very helpful if anyone buying a ticket could email our Membership Secretary, Chris Canderton,(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  so that he can arrange for your ticket to be available in good time for the new season.  If you wished to pay by post please send your cheque to Ashford Town (Mx) FC, c/o 3 Craigwell Cose, Staines, TW18 3NP.

Ashford’s pre-season schedule of matches has been arranged in accordance with the Manager’s plans and is as follows:

Sat 15 July                      tba                                             PSF                                                                                                  

Sat 22 July               a     AFC Hayes                                PSF                                                                                                                  

Tue 25 July              a     Spelthorne Sports                   PSF                                                                                                                  

Sat 29 July               H    WOKING XI                               PSF                                                                                                                  

Tue  1 Aug               H    FARNBOROUGH                       PSF                                                                                                                  

Sat  5 Aug                a     South Park                                PSF                                                                                                                  

Sat 12 Aug                                                                                                                  League starts                                                

There is also likely to be a match against Deportivo Galicia FC who are hoping to be promoted into the Combined Counties League for next season.

The only date still to be filled is Saturday 15 July when we are trying to arrange an away match.  Anyone interested who can host us should please call 07956 930719.

The league season starts on Saturday 12 August and we can expect to receive the annual fixture list in mid-July.  If the FA Cup is arranged along the same lines as last year, the draws for the opening rounds will be released in early July.  We will have a bye in the Extra-Preliminary Round, but can expect to be playing in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 19 August.

We shall be entering the same cup competitions as last season, namely the FA cup, the FA Trophy, the League Cup, The Middlesex Senior Cup, the Surrey Senior Cup and the Middlesex Charity Cup.

Ashford held their end of season Presentation Evening on Friday 12 May at the Meadhurst Club, Sunbury, the whole event having been superbly organised by Graham and Sue Cooley, with assistance from manager Ben Murray and others.

Around 120 people were present to see the following awards presented.

First Team – Manager’s Player of the Season – Mark Bitmead

First Team – Player’s Player of the Season – Mark Bitmead

First Team – Supporter’s Player of the Season – Samad Kazi

First Team – Young Player of the Season – Bayley Mummery

Under 18s – Player of the Season – Nathan Pooley

 

As voted for by the players and management-

First Team – Goal of the Season – Bayley Mummery vs Royston

First Team – Funniest Moment of the Season – Tyler Tobin vs Guildford City

 

Many of Will Boye’s Ladies side were also present to celebrate their record breaking season, having won their league without losing a match, and winning one cup final 5-1 with another to come on 21 May.  The presentations were as follows:

 

Players player of the season: Beth Sheehan

Managers player of the season: Lauren Restel

Most Improved player of the season: Lauren Richardson

Young player of the season: Sequoia Belworthy

Goal of the season: Vicky James

Golden Boot: Lavana Neufville

 

The coveted Jack Constable “Clubman of the Year” award went to Nick Bailey, with Emma Bailey in 2nd place and 1st Team manager Ben Murray.

 

Chairman Dave Baker presented bouquets to Louise, Emma, Kate and Sarah all of whom work so hard for us behind the bar or tea bar,

 

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.

 

Forthcoming Events

23 Dec 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Cambridge City (H)
30 Dec 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (H)
06 Jan 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Aylesbury United (a)