It’s back to the League for Ashford on Saturday, with a home match against Raynes Park Vale on offer at Short Lane, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

Following the successive victories over Cove and Chessington, Ashford seem to be back on track after a little wobble and will relish the opportunity of being at home on a pitch that may be soft but will certainly be in as good condition as could reasonably be expected at this time of the year.  As far as is known, manager Ben Murray has a virtually full squad to choose from, with just Rob Curtis possibly still on the sidelines, along with Ryan Dearden, out longer term.

Just as Ashford gained some ground back on Cove last week so the other challengers in the shape of Molesey, Windsor and Camberley in particular have all crept up lately and it would be a bold man who would bet on the final outcome for some time yet.  Ashford’s visitors have not been on such good form recently but it must be remembered that, to date, of the few clubs to have beaten Ashford in any competition this season, they are the only ones to have done it by a two goal margin.  Since beating Ashford in November though, the Vale have lost three of their last four games, including a 0-5 drubbing at home last Saturday against Windsor.

Two dates have been confirmed for cup matches to come.  On Tuesday 20 January, Ashford will entertain Southern League SW Division side Fleet Town in the quarter-finals of the Aldershot Senior Cup whilst on Tuesday 3 February the Tangerines will make the short trip to play CB Hounslow United in the quarter-final of the Southern Combination Cup

The match of the day tomorrow is surely the clash between Windsor and Molesey at Stag Meadow whilst  Cove and Camberley are both on the road, at Colliers Wood and Farnham respectively.