A look at the Badshot Lea web site shows that Ashford have effectively been cast in the role of underdogs by their opponents tomorrow.  It is not a situation that Ashford have generally found themselves in this season but is possibly justified by recent form which has seen Badshot Lea on a long unbeaten run in recent months, after a terrible start to the season which resulted in a change of manager, whilst Ashford have stuttered in recent weeks.  Nevertheless Ben Murray’s team talk is as good as done, even though it’s probably just a bit of fun.

Ashford’s dip can almost certainly be put down to the loss through injury of both Mark Bitmead and Dan Fleming, with over 40 goals between them.  The good news is that Fleming is back tomorrow and Bitmead should return next week.  There is also the news that Ashford have signed striker Sam Baffour, from Chelmsford City, where he was recently released following a bad injury but he has plenty of Conference South experience behind him and he goes straight into tomorrow’s squad.  There could be some more good news next week.

Badshot Lea have a new ground coming up, which is an exciting development for them but for the moment they are continuing to ground share at Ash United, where Ashford enjoyed many stirring battles in the past.  The address of the ground is Ash United FC, Shawfields Stadium, Youngs Drive, Ash, GU12 6RE.  Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Ashford have received a home draw in the Quarter Final of the Surrey Senior Cup.  They will entertain either Westfield or Redhill, who have been trying for some weeks to get their match played.  The next attempt will be on Tuesday at Westfield, kick-off 7.30 p.m.