Ashford’s poor luck in terms of away cup draws this season is set to continue on Saturday when we visit AFC Hornchurch in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.

That said, we always enjoyed our visits to Hornchurch in the past when both sides were in the Ryman Prem and where there was always a warm welcome from the home club.  These days we are both playing at Step 4 and given the relative league positions of both clubs one would assume a fairly close match.  Hornchurch play in Division One North of the Ryman League and currently sit in 8th place, having won five and lost three of their twelve league matches to date.

Our two clubs have previously met on seven occasions and we are slightly ahead on “points” with four wins to two, with one draw, although the match that may stick in some people’s minds would be the opening match of the 2007-2008 season which we lost at Short Lane by 5 goals to 4, our scorers that day being an o.g., Ricky Wellard, Matt Baxter and Rob Hughes.  We have met once before in the FA Trophy, in our best ever run in the competition in the 2010-2011 season, when we scraped a win in the closing seconds thanks to a goal from Jones Awuah, after Hornchurch had dominated much of the preceding 89 minutes.

The address of the ground is the Hornchurch Stadium, Bridge Avenue, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2LX.  It is a journey of 61 miles around the M25, leaving at Junction 29 (the road to Southend) and turning left soon afterwards towards Hornchurch.

There is a mini-bus for players and management, leaving Short Lane at 11.30 a.m. and there may be room for one or two supporters.  Otherwise it is down to private transport and maybe anyone intending to travel and who has room in their car and is willing to convey a fellow supporter or two can put it up on Ashford’s Facebook page.

As with the FA Cup, there will be no extra time on Saturday so should the scores be level after 90 minutes, there will be a reply at Short Lane on Tuesday evening to see who then travels to Tonbridge Angels in the next round.



Forthcoming Events

26 Mar 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Northwood (H)
31 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Uxbridge (H)
02 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (a)
04 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Wealdstone (a)
07 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Chalfont St Peter (H)
11 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Hendon (a)
14 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Marlow (a)
15 Apr 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Bedfont Sunday Vets
16 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Staines Town (H)
21 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (H)
22 Apr 2018
10:30AM - 05:00PM
Middlesex FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
28 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
07:30PM -
Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament