As anticipated, Ashford have been allocated to the Central Division of the Southern League for next season.

We will be playing against the following clubs:  AFC Dunstable, AFC Kempston Rovers, Arlesey Town, Aylesbury, Aylesbury United, Barton Rovers, Beaconsfield, Bedford Town, Chalfont St. Peter, Egham Town, Farnborough, Fleet Town, Hanwell Town, Histon, Kidlington, Marlow, Northwood, Petersfield Town, Potters Bar Town Royston Town, Uxbridge

Of the clubs in the Division there are four that we have never previously met, namely AFC Dunstable, Farnborough, Histon and Petersfield Town.  We have only played Bedford once before and that was in a friendly in July 2006.

Perhaps the “stand-out” clubs are for us Farnborough and Histon, both of whom have played at higher levels, plus Kidlington (just about the best team we faced last season on the day) who knocked us out of the Vase after a replay, and AFC Kempston, who we managed to beat in the FA Cup by a solitary goal, but they barely lost a match after that.

It will be good to play against local rivals Egham Town and Uxbridge again whilst, without completely working it out as yet, the longest journey is probably to Histon, in Cambridgeshire, a journey of around 80 miles.  The longer journeys that we used  to undertake when we were last in the league to places such as Rugby, Bedworth, Daventry, Woodford  etc. have largely disappeared as all the clubs mentioned are now in different leagues.

Our pre-season matches are gradually taking shape and they will be announced fully as soon as the arrangements are complete.  There will also be a report upon last night’s AGM shortly.

The clubhouse refurbishment will be virtually complete today with the flooring going down and there will be an unofficial opening this evening at 6.00 p.m., with everyone welcome.  Great thanks go to Vice-Chairman Nick Bailey who has master-minded the project and also to Bill and colleagues who have done the work for us at a discount or even free as far as the flooring is concerned which is greatly appreciated.

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)