Ashford have just three league matches left this season and whilst the league championship now looks beyond them, barring some very unlikely results, they will be keen to finish as high in the table as they possibly can, to crown an excellent season.  Indeed, if Ashford can keep the bulk of the present squad and add maybe just a little more experience they will certainly be looking to go one better next season.

That’s in the future though and the immediate challenge could not be any tougher with Ashford travelling to Camberley Town on Saturday.  Ashford will be without suspended ex-Camberley player Bobby Dormer and just as annoyingly, young defender Alex Fisher (not Taylor – sorry about that error recently) who will be playing for Middlesex U18 Youth side who have reached the Final of the FA County Youth Cup.  That match is not being played on Saturday but on the Sunday and we wish both Alex and the County good luck but taking U18 players away the day before, which is what they are doing, for a competition that generates little interest unless you are involved in it, seems a little over the top.  It’s just as well that, for Ashford at least, the League championship doesn’t now rest on Saturday which it might well have done a few weeks ago.   We might have had a little more to say although doubtless authority would have won in the end as it invariably does.

At the start of the season Ashford beat Camberley at home by a solitary goal but played very well on the night.  Sadly the same could not be said of the match at Camberley in December, in the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup when Ashford departed the competition rather tamely in a 0-3 defeat.

For Camberley, of course, it is a vital match.  With Molesey dropping points over the weekend, although they beat a very ineffective Epsom & Ewell side on Wednesday, the championship and subsequent promotion is now in Camberley’s hands.  The exact situation is that Molesey have four matches left, including against Camberley on Saturday week, so could notch up a further 12 points, which would give them a total of 91 points.  They also have currently a better goal difference of eight over Camberley. 

The latter have three matches left and currently have 84 points, so they may need to win them all, to give them a total of 92 points, to ensure the championship.  In the League’s most exciting finish for years, there is then all to play for still and Molesey can be assured that Ashford will wish to give it their best on Saturday.  There has been a lot of talk on social media about Camberley being a long ball side and they certainly use that tactic well, especially through influential keeper Craig Bradshaw whose kicking from hands is exceptional, but they are a lot more than just that.  Another player to watch is Army man Keith Emerson at left back if he is playing and he is another player who particularly caught the writer’s eye in Camberley’s recent League Cup semi-final match at Windsor.  They have power and ability throughout their side but Ben Murray will be keen for his squad to show that they can match them and maintain their own challenge for prize money at the end of the season.

The address of the ground is Krooner Park, Wilton Road, Camberley, GU15 2QW and the directions on Camberley’s web site are as follows:

Exit the M3 motorway at Junction 4. At the end of the slip road, On taking the second exit off the roundabout there is an slip road immediately on the left signposted for Frimley. Take this slip road which takes you onto the Frimley bypass. Remain on the left hand side, this will take you to yet another roundabout. Turn left here onto the B3411, Frimley Road. Go under the motorway bridge and stay on this road, through two sets of traffic lights until you eventually reach a roundabout with an Esso petrol station on the corner. Turn left at this roundabout into Wilton Road. Follow Wilton Road, bearing right, all the way to the end where you will find the entrance to the ground.

There is plenty of parking available.

Ashford’s Under-18’s, with plenty of triallists, played a friendly on Wednesday evening against their equivalents from Abbey Rangers, who should become a CCL side next season, and the result was a 2-2 draw.

Just a further reminder to Ashford folk that the meat draw is going well every Sunday with plenty of money being raised for the Club and usually no less than six prizes to be won, plus a bottle of wine if the first prize winner is in the Club at 3.00 pm every Sunday when the draw is made.

Also the weekly Prediction Competition has not been won for weeks now and the prize money on offer for anyone who can successfully predict the results (not the scores) of six selected matches is now around the £300 mark, just for getting six results correct.  There are forms at the Club for you to enter and they need to be handed back over the bar no later than 3.00 pm on Saturday.