http://www.ashfordtownmiddlesexfc.com/media/bearleague/bl1341699261966.pngIt is a quiet week for once for Ashford, with just one game in midweek, being the Suburban League match away to Dunstable Town Reserves this evening (Tuesday).  The match was recently brought forward from Thursday to Tuesday, which wasn’t really good for us, with manager Mick Snowden only returning from holiday today.  He will probably make it to the game eventually but in charge will be Bobby Barnes and, making a welcome return to the club after a long absence, ex-player Simon Brand who will be assisting with the Suburban team from now on.  Simon has been with a number of clubs in the intervening years, after making 25 appearances for Ashford in the 86-87 season, most recently Cove and we welcome him back to the Club.

There was some confusion last week as to exactly where Grays Athletic, our opponents in the FA Trophy on Saturday are currently based.  They actually moved into a new ground for the start of this season and the address is Rush Green Stadium, Rush Green Road, Romford, Essex, RM7 0LU.  More on that one later in the week.

Well done to the ladies upon securing their first point on Sunday against Clapham Rovers.  This coming Sunday they have their first away match, against Petts Wood Ladies FC.

Following their hard fought victory over Hayes and Yeading in the previous round, the Under-18’s will be making the short trip to Northwood FC in the 2nd Qualifying Round, to be played on Thursday 4 October.  Once again they are fellow members of the Ryman Youth League, West Division and we managed to win the home league match over them at the start of the season by three goals to nil, although that is no reason for complacency.

In case anyone is interested, in yesterday’s FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round draw, St. Albans were drawn at home to Lowestoft Town and we wish them well.

Finally, if you can’t make the Suburban match this evening, Staines Lammas are in action at Short Lane tonight (Tuesday), when they will be entertaining Molesey in the Combined Counties EL Records Premier Challenge Cup.  Molesey, of course, are in the Premier Division and have lost just the once all season, so Lammas have a challenge on their hands.  Following the resignation of Nathan last week, which could not have been an easy decision, Lammas are now under the control of ex-Ashford players Ben Whatford and Steve Willmore, who started with a decent win at Farleigh Rovers on Saturday.  Kick off is 7.45 p.m.