Ashford face what is likely to be their toughest test in the League so far this season on Saturday, when they look forward to the visit of neighbours Hanworth Villa.

Villa seem to be rejuvenated this season after only being saved from relegation last season by the transfer of AFC Croydon Athletic to another league but that is all in the past now and they will arrive at Short Lane unbeaten in the League all season.  The only points they have dropped came in their most recent outing when they drew at Chessington with neither side able to break the deadlock.  Their stand-out victory has been a 6-0 home demolition of Windsor.  They will have been disappointed to lose at Berkhamsted in the FA Cup but made progress in the FA Vase with a solitary goal victory against Desborough Town and will play at home to Oxhey Jets in the next round.  It should also be noted that Villa have conceded just the one goal in the League so far this season.

Our two matches against each other last season quite frankly were damp squids for the losers.  We gave probably our worst performance of the season in losing 0-3 at Hanworth, even though two of the goals came quite late, whilst here at Short Lane right at the end of the season, Hanworth had a dispirited look about them as they lost 0-2, both goals coming from Samad Kazi. 

We welcome any number of our junior teams and their parents this afternoon and thank you all for supporting the club.  If you enjoy the football on offer please come back and consider becoming a regular supporter.

Tuesday’s win maintained our position at the top of the table, although it means little at this stage.  Hot on our heels, as well as Hanworth, are Epsom & Ewell, Hartley Wintney, who seem to have gone goal mad so far plus Camberley, Horley, Colliers Wood and others.  We face some difficult away matches in October including visits to both Camberley and Hartley Wintney but we seem to be well prepared at the moment with a full squad and some great football being played in the last two home games, especially on Tuesday when the margin of victory over Farnham was arguably more convincing than the 2-1 scoreline suggests.

There is no midweek match for the 1st Team this week but the Under-18’s will be travelling to Northwood on Thursday evening in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup.  We have made little impression on that competition in recent times but this year’s new look team look to have something about them and we will be hopeful of progress.

Ashford Ladies, after scoring 30+ goals in their opening three league matches will be at home in the Greater London Womens's League on Sunday to London Phoenix, here at Short Lane, kicking off at 2.00 p.m. and will welcome your support.  A nil-nil draw seems unlikely!

British Airways are away on Saturday in the Middlesex County League in the Alex Smith Premier Division Cup to Kensington Dragons, who play at the Linford Christie Stadium.

Finally a big thank you to Mark Tobin and his gang for their work on the fences this week.  Hopefully all the work will be completed behind the goal in time for today’s match, with all the posts for the new fencing going in on Thursday, with the job intended for completion on Friday.