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In their first pre-season game at Short Lane on Saturday, Ashford enjoyed a reasonably comfortable match, winning by three goals to one against a youthful Woking side.

The outcome was largely determined within the opening ten minutes when Ashford took what turned out to be an unassailable lead.  Both were quite similar goals, coming from defensive mistakes by the visitors, as firstly Jack Beadle and then newcomer Janes Cottee, signed from Westfield, took full advantage, both producing crisp and confident finishes.

Ashford’s football at this stage was easy on the eye and a third goal arrived on 21 minutes when Jamal Harvey made no mistake.

Woking had plenty of skilful players on show but with Romario Jonas and Elliott Poley looking solid at the back, they were unable to make an impression.  Yahya El-Khabouche, previously with Corinthian-Casuals also took the eye in midfield alongside Tommy Brunton.

The second half, with its inevitable rash of changes became gradually more scrappy with Ashford unable to reproduce too many of the sparkling moments that had lit up the first period.  Woking looked more purposeful and seconds after Mark Bitmead had gone mightily close for Ashford, they had the last say as they went down the other end and pulled one back on 68 minutes.

That finished the scoring and Ashford now go on to what is likely to be a far tougher test when they entertain newly promoted Farnborough on Tuesday evening, at Short Lane, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  Admission will once again be £5 (£3 OAP’s and free for children under-16)

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Ashford continue their pre-season programme on Saturday with the first match at Short Lane this new season when Woking will be sending a mixed side along.

Ashford manager Ben Murray last night added two more new players to the list already signed and with nearly all of last season’s squad having re-signed as well, an exciting season could be on the cards.  Come along and have a look tomorrow – kick-off is 3.00 p.m. and admission tomorrow is just £5 (£3 OAP’s and free for children Under-16)

Most of the work off the pitch in the summer has centred on the changing rooms which, largely thanks to Jason Brown and his helpers, have been refurbished.  The pitch has benefited greatly from the recent rains and Is looking far better than at this stage last season.  Work is also underway to completely re-build the fence on the stand side, which may be closed off tomorrow.

On Tuesday evening we are at home again when Farnborough are the visitors, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Ben will be providing a summary of all the new signings once the squad has been finalised.

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Ashford made the short trip to neighbours Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday evening and won by 4 goals to 1, thanks largely to a an excellent second half performance.  Some regulars were missing for various reasons, including Max Webb, Jack Beadle (working away) and Samad Kazi (on honeymoon).

The match was competitive throughout the first half, a little too competitive once or twice, but for the third game in a row Ashford conceded first on 10 minutes when something of a mix-up, albeit a bit unlucky, between Joe Green and Russell Canderton allowed a dangerous cross to come in, duly converted.

Excellent work by Jabir Laraba led to an equaliser ten minutes later from Mark Bitmead.

Just before half-time up popped Joe Green and he converted at close range to give Ashford the lead at the break.

As always there were a number of changes going on throughout the second period but Ashford were starting to find the spaces and a superb individual goal from Dan Fleming after good work from Green made it 3-1.  Two minutes later with Spelthorne seemingly out of steam, Bitmead cracked in his second of the match.  Over the full match, the view of the goodly number of Ashford supporters present was that the stand-out Ashford player was Tommy Brunton.

In three pre-season games, Ashford have now scored ten and conceded ten so you can bet on a 0-0 draw on Saturday when we play at Short Lane for the first time against a Woking XI., kick-off 3.00 p.m.  Manager Ben Murray was back for last night and will finalise his squad shortly, following which there will be an update on the new players. 

There is still some work to be done around the ground before Saturday so if anyone can lend a hand, especially on Saturday morning, please do so.

 

In a hastily arranged friendly, an Ashford squad created a degree of unwelcome history by losing to Westfield on Saturday by the incredible score of 8 goals to 5.

The match was played on a small pitch at Egham Leisure Centre and Ashford had more or less two full squads present.  Assistant Manager Mark Green opted to start with the majority of last season’s side in the first half mostly all replaced by a squad of newcomers in the second period.  It was a normal enough match in the opening period and there were five goals, Ashford coming off ahead by 3 goals to 2.

Both sides though suffered something of a defensive calamity as the game wore on, especially Ashford.  The lead had changed on numerous occasions but when Ashford went ahead again at 5-4 with around 15 minutes left on the clock one wondered if that was the end of the scoring.  Far from it as some wretched defending and indifferent goal keeping, in particular, rather handed the match to Westfield on a plate as they scored four goals in the final minutes to finish three goals ahead.

Ashford won’t be too disheartened:  against a decent side they played some very good football at times and some of the newcomers showed enough to suggest they will come into serious contention.  For the record, Ashford’s goals were scored by Mark Bitmead 2 (1 pen), Max Webb and then in the second half by Jabir Laraba and Jamal Harvey.

Manager Ben Murray will be back for Tuesday’s match away to Spelthorne Sports, which kicks off at 7.45 p.m.  Ben will be providing an article upon the squad for the new season in due course once it has been finalised.

There is a change to the arrangements for Saturday.

Instead of Playing Ash United at Abbey Rangers, we shall now be playing Westfield FC at Egham Leisure Centre, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Westfield finished in 2nd place last season in the CCL and whilst doubtless both clubs will have plenty of players on trial, it should be a decent match.  The game yesterday evening at Abbey Rangers finished one apiece.  Played over three 30 minutes periods, (although the final segment was cut short by a few minutes as it was getting too dark and there was too much lightning around), it was a very useful exercise.  Ashford had enough players to field two separate X1's and some of the potential new players looked very good indeed.  A useful Abbey side eventually took the lead in the final segment only for Mark Bitmead to equalise with a free kick which took a slight deflection but it was enough to deceive the keeper.

Ashford would like to thank Abbey for their excellent hospitality after the match.

Please note that this evening’s match at Abbey Rangers will kick off at 7.15 p.m. and not 7.45 as previously assumed.

Pre-season training has now stepped up, with the first friendly next week on Tuesday 18 July, when we visit CCL side Abbey Rangers.  We played them last season on a very windy day in early August when we lost 1-2, our goal a penalty from Mark Bitmead.  It was clear they had the makings of a very good side which was demonstrated through the campaign as they went on to finish in 10th place last season in their first season in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League.

The address of the ground is Addlestone Moor, Addlestone, KT15 2QH.  It is assumed that kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

One additional friendly has now been arranged , when we will get the opportunity to play at Bedfont Sports’ superb new surface on Thursday 3 August, when we play against their tenants Deportivo Galicia.

Pre-season training has now stepped up, with the first friendly arriving on Tuesday 18 July, when we visit CCL side Abbey Rangers.  We played them last season on a very windy day when we lost 1-2, our goal a penalty from Mark Bitmead.  It was clear they had the makings of a very good side which was shown clearly enough as they went on to finish in 10th place last season in their first season in the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League.

The address of the ground is Addlestone Moor, Addlestone, KT15 2QH.  It is assumed that kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

One additional friendly has now been arranged , when we will get the opportunity to play at Bedfont Sports’ superb new surface on Thursday 3 August, when we play against their tenants Deportivo Galicia.

The League fixtures for the new season have been released this morning and Ashford commence on Saturday 12 August with just about their longest trip of the season, away to Cambridge City, who were relegated last season from the Premier Division.  We have never previously played against them.

Our first home match is on the Tuesday evening, 15 August, when Arlesey Town have a fairly long midweek journey down to Short Lane.

Bank Holiday fixtures see us paired against Egham Town at home on the late August Bank Holiday, 28 August, with the return “leg” at Egham on Boxing Day.

The matches on New Year’s Day and Easter Monday are certainly not local, with Moneyfields from Portsmouth coming to us on New Year’s day, 1 January, the return trip down to Moneyfields coming on Easter Monday.

We finish the season as we started it, with a fairly long trip, this time to AFC Rushden & Diamonds whilst we go to ex-CCL club Hartley Wintney on a Tuesday evening, just as we did two seasons ago.  They come to us in our final home match on Saturday 21 April. 

The full fixture list will be on the web site as soon as possible or you can view it upon the league web site.