It’s back to the League on Saturday as Ashford welcome visitors Mole Valley SCR for their first ever competitive match at Short Lane, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Last season Mole Valley flirted dangerously with relegation and needed a point from their final match of the campaign, at home to Horley, to maintain their Premier Division status.  By an amazing co-incidence, Horley also needed just a point, a draw being good enough to keep both teams up, leaving Ash United in the final relegation position.  The League and Ash were present at the match to ensure fair play but there was no need as both teams went for the win, hell for leather and in the end a remarkable match, in which the initiative swung from one to the other, finally finished in a 4-4 draw.

This season our visitors have done far better and will arrive today in 9th place in the table with five wins and five defeats from their fourteen league matches to date.  Their best result in terms of goals alone, has been a 4-0 home win over Westfield, and their worst a 0-6 defeat at Windsor.  They experienced a hiccup on Tuesday evening, slipping to a 2-5 defeat at home to Horley.

For Ashford, it would seem that Ben Murray has an almost complete squad from which to pick his side, including possibly a new player, and inevitably, no matter who he selects, the team should be full of confidence, having hit four goals last Saturday at Epsom & Ewell and then another four against a strong Spartan S. Midlands side in Harefield United on Tuesday.  Indeed we have hit three goals or more in all but one of the last ten matches which takes some doing and  is a great credit to all the players not just the forwards.

Other matches on Saturday include Molesey at home to Guildford City, Cove at home to Horley and Camberley at home to Epsom & Ewell and it will be a surprise if any of our main challengers drop points this week.  Spelthorne are away to Farnham Town, who have shown signs of improvement lately whilst Windsor are this Saturday’s “odd man out” without a game.

Ashford’s next match is, of course, the FA Vase clash against Loxwood next Saturday but we can start to contemplate that one next week.

Our very young U18 side is getting closer to their first win, losing 2-3 to Chertsey on Wednesday evening, the visitors scoring the decisive goal in the 90th minute.