Ashford face another longish journey on Saturday when they travel to Royston Town in Hertfordshire.  The journey is one of 66 miles, so a bit less than last week, and the address of the ground is 8A Garden Walk, Royston, Herts, SG8 7HP.  Kick-off is at the usual 3.00 p.m.

Royston currently sit in 2nd position in the table, level on points with and with having matches in hand over leaders Farnborough.  They have recently enjoyed a successful run in the FA Trophy, finally losing at home in a replay on Tuesday evening against Dulwich Hamlet.  Last week they almost won at Dulwich before the home side scored two late goals to level the tie and ultimately take the game to a replay. 

It will obviously be a tough match but Ashford should be more or less at full strength, apart from a couple of longer term injuries and will also be buoyed by the availability of Scott Weight, back from suspension.  Just as importantly, the Tangerines have rather restored confidence over the last two games, banging in nine goals and not one of them from leading scorer Mark Bitmead who rarely goes too many games without a goal.  It is true that last week’s opponents Histon are rooted at the foot of the table but they have not lost too many other than by a solitary goal and despite them giving us a hard match we were generally very good value for the three points.  Despite the recent indifferent spell, hopefully now behind us, we remain the 3rd top scorers in the Division.

Our past record against Royston is less encouraging as over four previous encounters we have only managed two draws and two defeats.  The most recent match was in March 2014 when we drew two apiece at Royson, our goals coming from Scott Weight and Conor Moody.

Following tomorrow’s match, we face an equally tough match on Boxing Day, 26 December, when we entertain neighbours Egham Town at Short Lane, kicking off at 1.00 p.m.  We can hopefully look forward to a sizeable attendance for that one.

Beforehand though, we have the Christmas Draw this Sunday, the 18th, commencing sharp at 3.00 p.m.  There are lots of prizes this year and a big thank you goes to everyone who has been kind enough to donate a prize or two and thank you also of course, to everyone who has bought tickets.

Next Friday, 23 December, is party night when Father Christmas will be around earlier in the evening.  Everyone is welcome.

Finally, as a club, we send our commiserations to ex-Ashford player Andy Smith, who has now lost both mum and dad within a 2-3 weeks of each other.  Arthur, who reached the age of 94, used to be a regular supporter of the club and often used to regale us with tales of his seafaring days.  RIP Mr. & Mrs. Smith, well remembered at Ashford Town.