Following the excellent performance in the FA Trophy last weekend at Hornchurch, Ashford slumped to a 1-4 defeat on Sunday away to AFC Dunstable who were apparently fully deserved winners and might have had more goals.  Ashford’s one goal came close to the end through Dan Fleming and, in looking for crumbs of comfort, did at least maintain our record of scoring in every match this season.

Beyond that, the writer cannot comment as, along with various other personnel, he was unable to be present on a Sunday.  Although in no way can it be used as an excuse, one hopes that we will not be selected for such an occurrence again.

Fortunately there is a quick opportunity to put matters right as tomorrow evening (Tuesday) we entertain North Greenford United in the 1st Round of the Middlesex Senior Cup – a rare home draw in a cup match!  We have, of course, played against North Greenford on plenty of occasions in the past in the Southern League and various cup competitions.  Our best victory was in October 2010 when we won by 6 goals to 2 in the FA Trophy (ours coming from Isiah Rankin 2, Jamie Lawrence, Mark Bitmead, Spencer Taffurelli and Russell Canderton) but in the last season in which we were both in the Southern League, in 2013-2014, we suffered a double defeat, losing 0-3 away and 1-2 at home.

NGU were relegated from the Central Division of the Southern League at the end of last season and did not make a great start back in the CCL.  However a very recent change of manager has seen a sudden and swift change in their fortunes with two impressive home wins, 8-0 no less, against Chertsey Town last week and then a 2-1 home win against fancied Epsom & Ewell on Saturday.  From our point of view, the match now possibly assumes a greater importance after Sunday’s defeat, prior to a resumption of league matches on Saturday at home to Barton Rovers, which has been designated as another “Junior Day”.

We also anticipate a rare visit from our Company Secretary, Gareth Coates, down from the frozen north, along with Ashford’s record ever goal scorer with 8 goals in a single match, Graham Atkin, who achieved the feat back on 23 October 1965 against Trinity Sports in the Middlesex Junior Cup, in a 13-6 victory.  It was a remarkable scoreline, given that this was a replay after a 1-1 draw the previous week.  Just for good measure, Graham went on to score another 7 goals against the same opponents in a league match later in the season, when Ashford won 15-0!  The occasion on Saturday will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to buy Gareth’s excellent book on the history of the club, recently published and available on Amazon.  He will doubtless have plenty of copies with him on Saturday.

There was to have been an Under-18 friendly this week but that has been cancelled.

Also on Friday when the pitch was being weed-sprayed, the operator somehow managed to knock down a portion of the wall.  We hoped to have had it repaired yesterday but the weather was not conducive to laying bricks .  It will not affect the game tomorrow as the wall was knocked down from inside the pitch but spectators are asked to take care even though the debris will be fenced off.

Forthcoming Events

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