The League will be put to one side on Saturday when Ashford travel to Hoddesdon Town, members of the Spartan South Midlands League, in the 1st Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup, having managed to see off the challenge of two United Counties League sides, Wellingborough Town and AFC Kempston Rovers.

Hoddesdon beat both Sawbridgeworth Town and Romford (after a replay and penalties) to reach this stage and they are currently in 13th place in their table, having won two and lost two of their five league matches to date.

The address of the ground is Lowfield, Park View, Hoddesdon, EN11 8PX  (Tel:  01992 463133).  The journey is just under 49 miles via the M25 and the A1(M).  At the last time of checking there were just a few spaces left on the coach (£10 per head) which is leaving Short Lane at midday sharp.  The nearest railway station is Broxbourne.

Hoddesdon were founded back in 1879 and are the third oldest club in Hertfordshire.  Their main claim to fame though is probably the fact that they won the first ever FA Vase competition back in 1975, beating Epsom & Ewell in the Final by 2 goals to 1.  Also they were (are?) renowned for producing a massive programme that took several awards in the National Programme Competition over a number of years.

There is no extra time tomorrow, so if the scores are level after 90 minutes, it’s all back to Short Lane on Tuesday evening when there will have to be a definite result.  We do not know who the winners will be facing in the next round.

If there is a definite result on Saturday, the 1st Team will resume their league programme on Tuesday evening, at home to Farnham Town.

The Under-18’s in their first competitive match drew at home to Wealdstone U18 on Wednesday evening, four goals apiece.  In one sense, it was a disappointing result for Ashford as they were 3-0 and then 4-1 up, before allowing a very useful Wealdstone side back into the match, and in the end it was Ashford who were more pleased to hear the final whistle!  That said, most of the lads have not played in such a high standard competition before, being fresh from Sunday football and they acquitted themselves pretty well overall, with some deadly finishing in the first half.

The next match for Ashford Ladies is on Sunday 13 September, when they will travel to Club Langley FC, in the Greater London Women’s League, whose ground address is  Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, BR3 3SR.  Ashford have hit 19 goals to ensure maximum points in their opening two matches to go top of the table.

Our partners British Airways FC will be playing at Short Lane tomorrow (Saturday) at home to CB Hounslow United Reserves in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.  BA have made a good start to their league campaign, with three wins and a draw from their opening five matches and are nicely tucked in at 5th place in their bid for promotion at the end of this season.