Ashford beat Spartan South Midlands club Wembley on Saturday in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup by three goals to nil, and now await Monday's draw for the 1st Qualifying Round, to be released around lunchtime..

Wembley had beaten Windsor in the previous round with some ease but they were very much on the back foot at the start of the match, and Ashford, full of confidence, took the lead on 11 minutes.  It rather came into the “scruffy” category as the ball bounced around in the Wembley goal area and the keeper migt have done better but there was no clearance and eventually Scott Weight got the final touch for his first goal of the season.

The visitors were possibly fortunate to still have eleven men on the field as Ashford had shown their intentions as early as the first minute when Dan Fleming broke clear, only to be thwarted by what seemed a fairly obvious pull back, when he was in on goal.  Referee Mays though either didn’t see it or took a different view to most others of a tangerine persuasion and gave nothing.

That early incident may have been the starting point for something of a feisty match, with several stoppages.  The visitors came into the match though and certainly impressed at times, especially down the left flank, but they lacked any killer instinct on the day and although there was no further scoring before the break, Ashford doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half, when Fleming pinched the ball from a poor clearance and set up James Cottee whose impressive angled shot found the net.

Wembley were not done at this point and on another day might have had better reward but the nearest they came was an effort comfortably headed away from the line on one occasion.  Tyler Tobin also had to make a few dashes from goal but Ashford made the match safe on 85 minutes when Cottee, proving an excellent signing, found himself in the clear as Wembley argued too much about a free kick whilst Ashford actually took it.  He carefully steered the ball into the net for his second goal and was virtually a unanimous choice afterwards  for  the “Hitchcock & King Ashford player of the match” voted by supporters.

After a hectic week, Ashford now have a rest until next Saturday when they get another longish trip out of the way with a trip to AFC Dunstable, whilst on Bank Holiday Monday, neighbours Egham Town are the visitors to Short Lane when kick-off will be at the normal 3.00 p.m.  There will be more on these matches later but the Under-18’s get their season underway on Wednesday evening, with a Ryman Youth League match away to Hampton & Richmond Borough, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

British Airways have their first home match of the season this week also, when they play against Lampton Park FC, in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League on Wednesday,  kick-off 7.45 at Short Lane.

Ashford Ladies have been accepted into the Women’s FA Cup for the first time and have been drawn away to Headington Ladies, from Oxford, on 2 September 2017, in the 1st Qualifying Round.  The winners will be away to either Benson Lionesses or Wargrave Ladies in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

276 clubs – up from 254 last season – have been accepted into this year's competition, including a number of new entrants.

The first round qualifying sees 174 teams from top divisions of county and regional women's leagues go head-to-head to reach the second round qualifying, where they'll be joined by 11 more sides who've been given a bye.

The 47 clubs from the four regional leagues of The FA Women's Premier League Division 1 will enter at the third round qualifying, before the 24 teams in the Northern Division and Southern Division join in the second round proper.

The 20 sides taking part in this season's FA Women's Super League, including holders Manchester City, will enter the competition in the fourth round proper.