Although two clubs were wiling to play us this Tuesday evening, the logisitics just did not work, so the next pre-season friendly will be on Saturday 30 July, when Ashford will face a Barnet FC X1, kick-off 3.00 p.m. This will be the first match on the hallowed turf for the new season and we look forward to welcoming our supporters who will hopefully wish to give our promotion winning side their support as they look forward to the challenges of the Evostick League. Ben has retained most of last season's squad and with one or two additions, one of whom supporters will be very pleased to see back at Short Lane. There will be a little more detail once the writer has seen confirmation of all the signings but it is looking good now the rustiness of the first two friendlies has been overcome.
Some incredible work has been done in the close season and if you haven't yet seen the refurbished bar area, you are in for a treat. IN addition the match officials' room has been extended in line with the new requirements due to come in on 31 March 2018 whilst the pitch is looking good. There is still some tidying up to be done before Saturday so if anyone can spare a few hours any time Wednesday to Friday, you will be very welcome. As previously reported, our main sponsors Hitchcock & King have doubled their sponsorship amount for the new season and we cannot thank them enough.