The Club has made three new signings all of whom will be well known to Ashford supporters. Firstly Scott Harris has signed for the Club on a dual registration with Slough Town. Slough have first call upon his services but it is an open ended agreement and we are delighted to welcome him back to Ashford for the time being.
Hatchett’s last match for us was on 10 April 2010 when he was badly injured at Hendon FC in our Ryman Premier days and was out for the remainder of the season and all the following season. When he finally recovered we were a little disappointed at the time that he went on to play for Godalming instead of us but it’s water under the bridge now and we will be very pleased indeed to see him wearing the tangerine and white again.
Also back is Samad Kazi, who flirted with one or two other local clubs at the start of this season but is now firmly back with us. His blistering pace will be a significant asset in the CCL.
Completing the trio of signings is Clark Thorley, a young player of great promise, who made a few substitute appearances last season and will be remembered for scoring a superb free kick at Chalfont St. Peter last season.
Manager Ben Murray is delighted to have the new signings on board but stressed that the new players will have to earn their place in the starting line-up, bearing in mind that Ashford have fielded an unchanged team for the first five matches of the season, winning the last four in a row and conceding only one goal and that an og.
That said, it is important to have a sufficiently large squad with all the matches coming up, especially this Bank Holiday weekend, with games on both Saturday and Monday.
On Saturday Ashford make the short trip to play Knaphill FC for the first time ever in a competitive 1st Team match. Knaphill are an excellent club who have been making steady progression both on and off the field in recent seasons, culminating in promotion from Division One to the Premier Division at the end of last season. They received something of a drubbing in their first match this season, losing heavily to Camberley, but have since settled with worthy draws at both Frimley Green and Raynes Park Vale. They topped that last week with an impressive 3-1 victory at Hellenic League Fairford Town to earn themselves a place in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup next week when they will entertain Badshot Lea.
The address of the ground is the Brookwood Country Park, Redding Way, Lower Guildford Road, Knaphill, GU21 2AY and kick-off is at 3.00 p.m. A couple of players spring to mind who have played for both clubs one currently being Joe Green, who figured regularly in our Under-18 team, and is of course the son of Mark Green, and also Micky Walter who was a stalwart for our Reserve team over many seasons before he ended his career at Knaphill. Also in their current ranks is David Johnston who was the Chertsey manager last season.
There is not too much recovery time as the Bank Holiday Monday sees a home match against Bedfont Sports, managed of course by Mick Snowden, who we understand has not been well lately. Hopefully he will be fully recovered in time for Monday, when kick-off is 11.30 a.m.
Sports, of course, also have a number of ex-Ashford players within their ranks, including Robbie Sitch, Tommy Mooney, Danny Byron and Jamie Read amongst others and we welcome them especially as they were all good lads when they played for Ashford, always giving of their best. Mick did superbly well last season when he saved Sports from relegation when they looked doomed at one point and they have carried on that good form, with just one league defeat so far this season.