What’s gone, gone and Ashford now have to put the County Cup defeat behind them and prepare for the visit to Windsor FC on Saturday.  With all the top five suffering unexpected defeats in the League recently, the championship race looks far more open than it did a couple of weeks ago and at the moment there is still everything to play for.

After seeing what a good side Windsor can be in the home match against them when, similar to Tuesday, Ashford threw away a half-time lead only to go down 2-3, it was a surprise to see them losing to both Frimley and, less so perhaps, given the respective positions in the table, Spelthorne in the League in the last three weeks.  In between though, they polished off Hanworth Villa by 6 goals to 1 so who knows what to expect on Saturday.  Windsor may now regard their promotion hopes as dashed but that won’t make Saturday’s task any easier and like every other club, they will fight to the end.

In the first half at Merstham on Tuesday, Ashford looked a cut above Step 5 with their slick passing and absolute determination, and that was against probably the best side they will face this season.  The trick is obviously to do it for the full 90 minutes and once again the Tangerines will have a superb surface upon which to play on Saturday.  Bobby Dormer will be available again after being cup-tied on Tuesday whilst Elliott Jones should be fully fit, hopefully leaving Ben Murray with a near full strength squad.

The address of the ground is Stag Meadow, St. Leonards Road, Windsor, SL4 3DR but a word of warning.  Apparently the average Sat Nav cannot be relied upon to take you to the exact spot.  There are excellent directions on the Windsor web site but from Ashford, the best way is to go down the Staines by-pass towards Junction 13 of the M25.  When you get there come down the slip road to the roundabout and then take the3rd exit along the A308 towards Windsor, past the Runnymede Hotel and then the Bells of Ouseley.

Follow that road for a couple of miles and after crossing the Long Walk, turn left at the roundabout as if you were going away from Windsor itself.  Than take the 1st right (Bolton Road), turn left at the top and the ground is then a little way on the left hand side.  There is ample parking available.  It shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes from Short Lane.

Having lost two matches in a row after going unbeaten for so long, Camberley have a tough trip to Cove on Saturday, so 1st plays 2nd.  Cove will doubtless be smarting following their stoppage time loss at Molesey on Tuesday whilst the Moles themselves are away at Bedfont Sports.

Well done to the Under-18’s on Wednesday, who drew one apiece with Camberley.  The visitors scored in the second half but Ashford equalised two minutes later.

Just a reminder that the next Meat Draw is on Sunday at 3.00 pm and tickets are available now at the Club.  Thanks go to Simon Munns who won twice last Sunday and has donated one of the prizes back to the Club to go into the draw on Sunday, at around 3.00 p.m.  Don’t forget that the winner of the 1st prize will also receive a bottle of wine if he or she is in the bar at the time of the draw.

Also, manager Ben Murray is organising another Race Night to take place on Friday 10 April.  The evening starts at 7.00 p.m. with the first race at 7.40 p.m.  There is also going to be a Grand National sweepstake with horses at £5 each and £100 to the winning owner.