On Saturday, Ashford have their first home match for some time, when they will welcome Frimley Green FC to Short Lane for their first senior visit since December 1993, 21 years ago.  Ashford managed to win 6-2 on that day, thanks to a rare hatrick from Ian Miles, plus two from Keith Hoad and one from Lee Holman

With Frimley close to the bottom of the table at the moment after something of a turbulent season, one might be forgiven for anticipating a similar score line but a quick look at our visitors’ recent fortunes will quickly dispel that idea.  Since appointing a new manager in January, Frimley have done far better and it is unlikely that too many of the players we faced in our first encounter early this season will be on show on Saturday.  Before last Saturday when they were narrowly defeated in the “six-pointer” at home to Guildford City, they had won four league matches in a row, that run including victories over both Windsor and Badshot Lea.

The good news for Ashford is that, hopefully both Mitchal Gough and Dan Fleming will be fit to return.  Dan was less than happy we understand with the writers’ comments on the Hanworth Villa match so let the matter be hastily put right.  One of the main reasons that we have done so much better this season than last, is that we have had strikers this season who can put the ball in the net, and top of the tree at the moment, following his hatrick on Tuesday, before having to go off, is Dan, with no less than 29 goals so far.  Compare that to last season when our top scorer only managed 6 and you can see that, far from being maligned, Dan is highly regarded by all for the huge part he has played in turning our fortunes around.

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Other news is that the Under-18’s put up a spirited performance last night, despite going down 1-3 to Hampton & Richmond.

We are looking for Under-14 girls to play football for us next season as the current team, playing at Under-13 level has been unable to field a full team in recent matches.  If you are interested, get in touch with team manager Louise Munns on 07769 330917.

Still with the girls, a reminder that our new adult ladies side play their first match in Ashford colours next Monday, kick-off 7.45 p.m. against the ladies side of Norwegian Premier Club, Viking SK from Norway.  We hope to make it an occasion for all concerned and will be pleased to see as many people down as possible.  As stated, entrance is entirely free and there will be a social gathering afterwards.

The training area on the back side (not the pitch used for matches) will be out of bounds from Friday 17 April  and fenced off soon afterwards as work to renovate and provide a completely refurbished training area will commence shortly afterwards.  Lorries will be in and out delivering materials for a while so please take extra care.

Finally, thanks to Simon Munns, the repairs to the fencing are close to completion, prior to the deadline of 31 March, so a big acknowledgment to Simon and those who have helped him, especially Dan Butler, Chris Canderton, who procured the new panels, Stuart and Chad Beadle and probably others (sorry for missing anyone out).  Well done also to Dan Butler for fitting out the new medical room.