With Ashford players showing their absolute dedication with some Christmas Day morning training, everyone at Short Lane will look forward to the match against Windsor on Monday 28 December, kicking off at 1.00 p.m.

It is a “big” day at or near the top of the League on Monday, with Camberley taking on Hartley Wintney and Horley Town entertaining Epsom & Ewell.  Windsor will arrive at Short Lane in 8th place but they have lost just five league matches all season and on their day they are a quality team who play good football.  Within their ranks they have Jake Jenkins, son of Gary, of course, and he played in a couple of matches for Ashford in the 2011-2012 season but he is now a regular in the Windsor ranks.

It has been reported this week that our opponents have lost their captain Adam Kirby who is trying his luck at Step 4 with Chalfont St. Peter, where incidentally, he will be joining up with ex-Ashford players Kofi Lockhart-Adams and Jack Mullen, who are both at Chalfont at the moment.  One player doesn’t make a team though and Windsor have moved swiftly to appoint their goalkeeper Carl Dennison as their new captain.

Ashford will come into the match in excellent spirits after blowing away AFC Hayes by 5 goals to nil on their own pitch last week.  It was a specially meritorious victory as Hayes are not a poor side by any means but they had no answer last week and the win was all the more impressive, given the sticky and very soft surface.

Last season against Windsor, honours were shared, with Windsor winning at Short Lane by 3 goals to 2.  It was possibly not so easy for Ashford supporters to appreciate the quality of the game in the immediate aftermath of the match, because Ashford played superbly well in the opening half, going two up, only for Windsor to do even better in the second period, drawing level, and then scoring the winner right at the death.

There was a degree of revenge though in the match at Windsor, when Ashford triumphed by 4 goals to 3 back in March.

Following Monday, we are at home again on Saturday 2 January, when Knaphill are the visitors but there is a double doubt over our fixture away to Sutton Common Rovers on Saturday 16 January.  Firstly, they are still in the FA Vase but their opponents have still to be resolved following a number of postponements, so there is the possibility that their Vase match could encroach.  Also, if their landlords, Sutton United, recently restored to the FA Trophy, following the fielding of an ineligible player by their opponents, win their next round match on 2 January, they are then scheduled to be at home in the competition on Saturday 16 January, which would, of course, take precedence.  We obviously have an eye on the situation and will let everyone know as soon as the actual situation is established.