Following the dual registrations of both Scott Harris and Billy Jeffreys, Ashford have signed Slough defender Reece Yorke on a similar basis and once again we are indebted to Slough for allowing this accomplished defender to wear the tangerine.  Reece is likely to go straight into the starting line-up for tomorrow’s match against Epsom & Ewell, kick-off 3.00 pm at Short Lane.

Epsom looked a decent outfit even though we managed to win at their ground earlier in the season and it is a bit of a surprise to only see them below the half-way mark in the table when they were certainly regarded as one of the teams to be in the mix at the end of the season.  They may still be, of course, with half the season to go.

Thanks to their excellent web site, we know that they have had some very poor luck at times this season, not helped by a recent rash of sending-offs, with suspensions obviously having an effect.  We had hoped they might take points from Windsor last Saturday but they ended up on the wrong end of a 0-5 defeat, although four of those goals came late on when a ten man Epsom obviously tired, but that does not mean they will not be very difficult opponents on Saturday.

Meetings between the clubs have been spasmodic but we made a little bit of history back on Sunday 17 October 1993 when we met in an FA Vase replay on a Sunday, with both teams having fulfilled matches the previous day.  Quite what the circumstances were for that to happen are obscured in the passing of time but we did manage to win that one by three goals to one after extra time, our goals coming from Keith Hoad (2) and Micky Scott.

Another notable occasion for us was in March 2009 when we played Epsom in the Semi-Final of the Surrey Senior Cup.  Goals from Billy Jeffreys, Scott Harris, Warren Harris and Ricky Wellard gave us a 4-1 victory and the right to play Woking in the Final at Met Police and Ashford supporters will be aware of the result of that one.

To redress the balance, Epsom beat us 1-0 here in Division 3 of the Ryman League in March 2001 and then, with both teams promoted to Division One of the League two seasons later, they beat us again by three goals to nil at their then ground, Banstead, in October 2002.

Tomorrow’s match ball is being sponsored by Heathrow Personnel, to whom we send our thanks for their ongoing generosity.  We would be nowhere without the kindness of our various sponsors over the season.