Goals from Keji Adenive and Jamie Walters helped Ashford’s Under-18’s to a 2-1 victory away at top of the table Staines Town on Thursday evening in the Ryman Youth League

 

Fielding a squad consisting of six first year players plus four Under-16’s, which bodes well for the next two seasons, Ashford scored their two goals in the opening 20 minutes and could have scored more.  Staines though pulled one back some 10 minutes into the second period, following which Ashford had to do plenty of defending, although they still had chances of their own.  It was an excellent win though and well done to Sean Caldwell and his management staff.

 

Just to show what a tough league it is in which they play, Ashford’s next match is at home to Aldershot Town U18 next Wednesday, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  It would be good if a few people could come along and support this new look team.

 

On to the senior side and firstly is the news that Ashford have been drawn away to Merstham, who beat Colliers Wood 2-0 on Wednesday evening, in the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup on a date to be advised.  The other tie will see Badshot Lea or Molesey entertaining Met Police.  We actually played at Merstham in last season’s competition when we lost 1-3, our goal being a penalty scored by Cyril Ocansey, after Scott Weight had been sent off for a very bad tackle.  Merstham are an excellent side pushing strongly this season for promotion to Step 3 but it will be a very different Ashford side that takes the field this season.

 

Back to this week and on Saturday Ashford make the short trip (they’re all short this season!) to Cobham to meet Mole Valley SCR.   Two goals from Mark Bitmead (one a pen) and one from Jack Mullan enabled Ashford to win the home game by three goals to one  but Mole Valley are a long way from being the worst side in the CCL and on their own patch, or rather Cobham’s, they will undoubtedly provide stiff opposition.  The address of the ground is the Leg of Mutton Field, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, KT11 1AA.  There is very limited parking at the ground and the pathway leading to it is heavily rutted as you get closer to the ground, so unless you arrive early, it may be sensible to park halfway along the approach road and walk the last 200 yards or so.  Cobham’s pitch used to be such that it was very rare for a match to be postponed there but that has not been the case for some seasons now so it might be worth checking before travel, given the recent rainfall.  The ground phone number is 01932 866386.

 

Ashford have to do without the services of young Alex Fisher on Saturday as he has been selected to play for Middlesex County U18’s in their FA County Youth Cup semi-final match away to Lancashire FC, to be played at their County ground in Leyland near Manchester, kicking off at 1.00 p.m.  We obviously wish Alex and the County the best of luck but why these sort of matches have to be played on a Saturday, depriving senior clubs of their players, when they could surely be played on a Sunday, who knows.

 

On to matters more positive and discussions went well yesterday evening as a result of which it looks very promising that we will once again be fielding a senior Ladies’ side next season.  We have made it clear that we do not want to be let down this time in terms of player availability and that seems unlikely with what we have been told.  The potential new side though need to appoint a Ladies’ Secretary and it may be that someone already with the Club would be interested in this doubtless rewarding position.  If so, please make contact.