Ashford will be itching to get back on their own pitch this evening (Tuesday) when they entertain Cockfosters FC from the Spartan South Midlands League in the re-arranged semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup from last season.  The situation, you may recall, came about following the discovery that Enfield Town had inadvertently played a suspended player against us back in January and were eventually expelled from the competition.

Tonight’s match now serves as a useful competitive match before the start of the season proper on Saturday 8 August and there is the added bonus for either ourselves or Cockfosters of a Cup Final on Saturday against Harrow Borough FC, which, rather disappointingly, is actually being played at Harrow, who will thus have an inbuilt advantage, quite apart from now playing their football two levels above either ourselves or Cockfosters.

Cockfosters last season did not enjoy a particularly successful season finishing in 18th place in their league, with 37 points but that will count for little this evening as we understand they have a new side and a new manager in Dean Barker who is reported as being pleased with his side’s efforts so far in their pre-season matches.  Meetings between our two clubs have been very infrequent over the years with just two to recount.  Back in September 1992, we were drawn at home to them in the Middlesex Senior Cup but in the absence of lights at the time, the match was played at Hampton & Richmond when we managed to win by two goals to nil, courtesy of goals from Andy Smith and Ian Miles.

The other meeting was far more recent and was in the 1st Round of the Charity Cup in October 2013.  It ended in a 1-1 draw, ours coming from Kofi Lockhart-Adams, but Cockfosters triumphed in the penalty shoot out, winning by four goals to two, our scorers being Joe Hughes and Jamie Connor.

Kick-off this evening is 7.45 p.m.

Forthcoming Events

25 Nov 2017
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (H)
28 Nov 2017
07:45PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (a)