Dunstable TownAshford have the welcome distraction of the FA Cup on Saturday but face a difficult match away to Dunstable Town, who are the current leaders of the Spartan South Midlands League, having won six and drawn one of their seven league matches to date.

The two clubs have only met in one previous season, in 2005-2006, when both were in the Southern League, Division One West.  The first meeting at Dunstable was notable for some unusual happenings:  firstly Ashford scored five without reply in the opening forty-five minutes.  That doesn’t happen too often but the fifth goal came from a penalty kick awarded for a foul by the Dunstable keeper on the stroke of half-time but in the melee that followed the incident, Jacob Mingle managed to get himself sent off.  As a result we played the whole of the second period with ten men and from what looked an easy win the situation developed into one of looking over our shoulders as Dunstable pulled two back with plenty of time left.  The home side also then had a man sent off and there was no further scoring.  For those who like to recall, our scorers that afternoon were Scott Todd 2 (1 pen), Ryan Lake, Jacob Mingle and Andy Frost.

The return match at our ground was a far tamer affair, a 1-1 draw, our goal coming from Gavin Smith.

We are well aware of the threat posed by Dunstable having watched them at least twice but Ashford will be buoyed up, following their recent form, culminating in Tuesday’s emphatic win over Fleet Town.  It could be a superb match between two teams in top form.  If the scores are level after 90 minutes, there will be a replay at Short Lane on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

For supporters travelling to Dunstable, the address of the ground is Creasey Park, Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1BB

The Suburban team are also away tomorrow and will be making the shorter journey to Harefield United in search of league points.

There has been a change of venue for the ladies on Sunday.  They were due to travel to meet Islington Borough Ladies but apparently there is a problem with their pitch, so the game will now be staged at Short Lane and will become the first competitive match for the team as Ashford Town Ladies.  Kick-off is 2.00 p.m. and admission is free so please come down and give your support if you can.