Following Saturday’s postponed match away to Farnham Town, which has been re-arranged for Tuesday 24 February, Ashford’s first match of the new year will now be this Tuesday (6 Jan) at home to Enfield Town in the 2nd Round (Quarter Final) of the Middlesex Charity Cup.  The winners will be at home to either Cockfosters or Staines Lammas in the Semi-Final, with that match also scheduled for this Tuesday.

Enfield Town currently play their football two levels above Ashford, in the Ryman League Premier Division, in which they currently sit in exactly mid-table in 12th place having won 11, drawn 3 and lost 12 of their league matches to date.  A glance at their web site suggests though that our visitors have experienced a loss of form in recent weeks, having won just one of their last seven matches, that being a 1-0 home win against Bury Town.  Like us, they were also off on Saturday but before that they lost by a solitary goal against Wingate & Finchley and sustained a heavy defeat at Billericay Town by five goals to nil.

We have occasionally met before in either the Senior or Charity Cup, including last season when we managed to win at Enfield in the Senior Cup, goals from Adam Turner, Cyril Ocansey and Scott Weight seeing us through to a 3-1 victory.  The very first meeting between the clubs was in May 2002 when we lost by 3 goals to 2 in the semi-final of the Charity Cup.  There have only ever been four meetings between the two clubs, all in the cups mentioned.

The match has to be settled at the first attempt but for whatever reason there is no extra time if the scores are level after 90 minutes.  Instead we go straight to penalties.

We, of course, reached this stage with a hard fought win at home to Southall, who were surprisingly good on the night, only tiring towards the end, whilst our visitors defeated North Greenford United by a solitary goal back in October when Enfield were in the midst of a nine match unbeaten run in all competitions.

There is some player news to report with Conor Moody having moved to Spelthorne Sports last week.  Conor was frustrated at not playing regularly and a parting of the ways became inevitable, for the time being at least.  Conor made a total of 59 1st Team appearances, scoring 8 goals in his two spells with the Club.