Ashford will go into this evening’s home match against Arlesey Town FC full of beans following their win at Cambridge City at the weekend.  Kick-off at Short Lane is 7.45 p.m. and admission prices are unchanged from last season (£9 adults, £5 OAP’s and children under 16 free).

We have come up against our Bedfordshire rivals on nine previous occasions in both the Isthmian and Southern Leagues and honours are even with four wins apiece.  There was also one cup meeting, in the FA Cup in season 2008-09, when goals from Scott Harris (2), Byron Harrison and Ricky Wellard (penalty) saw us through in a 4-2 victory.  Our first meetings with our opponents in 2000-2001 saw us defeated both home and away but we managed to turn the tables last season with a fairly comfortable away win, 3-0 but a much tighter game at Short Lane when we scraped home by 2 goals to 1, with goals from Bailey Mummery and Tommy Brunton.

We have two more games at Short Lane this week, one on Thursday when we play a ground breaking friendly against Tianjin FC all the way from China.  Given that we are playing this evening and again on Saturday in the FA Cup, of necessity, we will be fielding a mixed side but entrance to the game is entirely free so please come along and enjoy this historic occasion.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

We finish off the week on Saturday, playing at home to Wembley FC from the Spartan South Midlands League in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, Wembley having beaten Windsor 4-1 in the previous round.  Although they play one level lower than ourselves, rest assured they will be difficult opponents in what is a very important match for both sides given the financial rewards on offer for progress in the FA Cup.

For the moment, though, we need to concentrate upon this evening’s game.  The League has allowed clubs to publish their match day programmes on line this season and we have taken advantage.  There is a first class publication for tonight’s match available on the club web site, thanks to Gareth Coates, Paul Blair and Graham Felce and you can read it by clicking here.

By being able to do this we will save a lot of money over the season.  In recent seasons fewer and fewer people have been buying programmes and last season, with the cost of production at around £70 a time, a figure not matched by sales, we will be saving around £50 on each and every home game. 

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)