With both clubs seeing their matches postponed on Saturday, albeit for different reasons, both Ashford and Harrow Borough will be hoping that Tuesday evening’s match in the Quarter Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup can go ahead.  A cautionary note has to be sounded though.  Although the pitch is in excellent condition the current weather forecast for Tuesday suggests that the temperature will not rise above 2 degrees all day and that it will be below freezing by 6.00 p.m.  We shall just have to wait and see.

Let’s not jump the gun but if it did have to be called off, it would seem that it will be next Tuesday as the County Cup has precedence over league fixtures.  One person who will be hoping we are OK tomorrow evening is Gareth Coates (Beano to you and me) who will be taking the tannoy for the last time for the moment pending his move to Liverpool.  That has not stopped him though taking on the role of Company Secretary for the Club, following Keith Balmer’s resignation.  Keith sadly is still in hospital, now transferred to West Middlesex and hopefully there will be better news soon.  Better news from Larry our U12 manager who is now back home after his recent heart attack and hopefully recovering well.

It will be good to meet up with Harrow again after a number of clashes in the past in both the Ryman League and in various cup competitions.  It will be interesting to see how our squad competes against a side two levels above them as we have certainly been doing well at our current level recently, with just one defeat in eleven matches and that was in the Surrey Senior Cup when arguably we did not have our full squad available.

Our visitors do not appear to have actually played a competitive match since Boxing Day when they drew five apiece against local rivals Hendon, which sounds some match.  They were due to travel to Suffolk based Leiston on Saturday but that was postponed so they now face a 230 mile round trip on a Tuesday later in the season.  They currently sit in 16th place in the Ryman table with 36 points from their 26 games played.

To get to this point in the Senior Cup they had to overcome Wealdstone which they did by three goals to two.  We have also arrived at this stage thanks to two 3-2 victories, over Hanworth Villa and AFC Hayes respectfully.

Two players you may be aware of who play for Harrow are Marc Charles-Smith who previously played for Staines and is a proven goal scorer and Michael Peacock who had a loan spell with us a few seasons ago.

Of the previous matches between the clubs we have held our own managing to win four Ryman Premier matches against Harrow’s three with one draw over the four seasons in which we were in the same division.  In cups though they defeated us in the semi-final of the Ryman League Cup in season 2008-09, after we had managed to knock out Leatherhead, Kingstonian, Redbridge and Carshalton to reach that point.  Also bitterly remembered is the home defeat by 6 goals to 2 in the final league match of the 09-10 season, a result that saw us relegated.