Before looking at Tuesday’s match, congratulations should be recorded for Max Webb who made his 50th 1st Team start on Saturday and to skipper Russell Canderton who hit the 550 mark in terms of overall competitive appearances.

For more than one season, Ashford, like a number of clubs, seemed to take their line from the Premier clubs in the FA Cup, in that the Senior Cups were almost seen as a nuisance and often fielded weakened teams, much to the annoyance of at least one supporter (me!).  That is unlikely to be the case on Tuesday when Ashford will need to be at their absolute best if they are to have a chance of winning through to the Final of the Surrey Senior Cup away at Merstham.  The Tangerines will though be able to draw inspiration from two of their best performances this season, when both Woking and Leatherhead were knocked out on their own grounds.

Merstham have firmly established themselves at Step 4 and this season are pushing for further promotion from Ryman Div One South, having virtually guaranteed themselves a play-off spot.  Manager Hayden Bird has been quoted in his local press as saying that Merstham against Met Police “would be right for the final” which will serve as a big incentive for both Ashford and indeed, Molesey, to upset the apple cart.

The match kicks off at 7.45 p.m. and the address of the ground is the Moatside Stadium, Weldon Way, Merstham, RH1 3QB.   There is a car park at the ground but it is very small.  There is though ample parking available in the side streets.

Ashford supporters contributed to the largest attendance of the day in the CCL on Saturday at Guildford and we would ask as many supporters as possible to travel to Merstham on Tuesday, not least because any profit from the match is shared in this competition!

Also this week, the Under-18’s are at home on Wednesday evening against Camberley Town U18, kick-off 7.45 p.m.  A better performance is required than last week’s dismal 0-6 loss away to Northwood, which was exceptionally disappointing after the team had just beaten Staines, who were top of the table at the time.