Luke Neville captains MiddlesexAnother busy week awaits the Club with three midweek matches, all at home. 

The programme starts this evening (Monday) when the Under-18s take on Staines Town U18 in a Ryman Youth League match.  This is usually a highlight of the season and it will be interesting to see how Mark Hughes’ team fares against our neighbours who have won the division for the last two seasons in a row.  Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

Four of our squad were in the Middlesex County FA side who played against Huntingdon FA on Sunday, namely Luke Neville, Sam and Conor Molyneaux and Tyler Tobin.  Luke had the honour of captaining the side to a one-one draw in the annual Harold Whiddon Memorial Trophy and is pictured above. 

On Tuesday evening it is the turn of the 1st Team who entertain Dunstable Town in an FA Cup replay, courtesy of Harry Knock’s thunderous effort in the closing seconds of Saturday’s match.  Judging by the summary from Dunstable that appears on our message board, our opponents feel they should have won with ease on Saturday and there is no denying that they are one of the best sides we have met so far this season.  That said, we had chances of our own on more than one occasion during the game and we shall doing our best to make home advantage count.  This time there will be both extra time and penalties if needed to determine who will go through to entertain St. Albans in the 2nd Qualifying Round on Saturday 22 September.

The midweek action is brought to a close on Wednesday when the Suburban side entertain Bedfont Sports.  Mick Snowden’s boys were within a whisker of beating previously unbeaten Harefield United on Saturday, but a last minute goal for the home side meant a draw two goals apiece.

In the meantime we have uploaded the match reports from the recent Under-18 matches at Camberley and Potters Bar to the site and thanks are due to manager Mark Hughes for preparing these.

The Ladies had their first league outing of the season on Sunday but after a very bright opening, went down by two goals to one against Islington Borough Ladies.  Islington went two ahead before Ashford pulled one back but were unable to get break through again.  Again, Stewart Cook has supplied a match report, with photos by Steve McCarthy