The first training session in preparation for life at Step 4 for Ashford will be on Tuesday 5 July, starting at 7.00 p.m.
Ben has added an additional pre-season game to the schedule and that will be away to Spelthorne Sports on Tuesday 19 July. The opening friendly is away to Knaphill on a 3G pitch on Saturday 9 July.
The Southern League season proper starts on Saturday 6 August with the fixtures due to be released on 15 July. The draw for the opening rounds of the FA Cup and FA Trophy are set to be released on 8 July and will appear here as soon as they are available. We will come into the FA Cup at the Preliminary Round stage this new season, rather than the Extra-Preliminary Round. We have entered the following cups: FA Cup, FA Trophy, Middlesex Senior Cup, Surrey Senior Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup plus the League Cup, of course.
Please note that there may be periods in the near future when the web site is unavailable or looking a little different. This is because webmaster Gareth Coates will be attempting to both freshen it up and make it more friendly when being viewed on a mobile.
Will Boye brings us some information regarding the Ladies’ side for next season.
After winning their division in January, the Ladies have now been promoted to Division 2 South of the Greater London Women’s League and will compete in three cups next season, namely the Russell Cup, The County Capital Cup (in which they reached the Final last season) and the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.
Friendlies have been lined up for 31 July (home Hemel Hempstead Ladies), 7 August (home Watford Development) and 14 August (home Hampton Ladies). One or two earlier ones were being pencilled in but as far as the writer is aware the main pitch will not be available prior to the end of July. More news on these in due course.
Competitive fixtures are likely to start on the third Sunday in August and all home matches will continue to kick-off at 2.00 p.m.