A new week starts and with it, the opportunity for the 1st Team to put aside the disappointment of Saturday’s eventual defeat at AFC Hayes, despite playing some of their best football of the season in the earlier stages of the match.  Our domination of that match at that point was so much that defeat was hard to take but our failure to take those guilt edged chances did for us in the end. 

Tuesday though is an opportunity to put matters right when we entertain our Middlesex colleagues, North Greenford United.  Our visitors have endured a torrid time this season and only recently sacked their manager with Neil Shipperley returning to the hot spot for a second spell.  That has resulted in some change of personnel and looking at our opponents’ web site, it would seem that they played with great determination on Saturday at Daventry losing only to a late penalty.  Indeed, there is always that determination to do well for a new manager so Ashford will expect nothing less than another tough match.  Kick off is 7.45 p.m.

Before that the Under-18’s are in action this evening (Monday) when they entertain their counterparts from Enfield Town in the 1st Round of the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup, kicking off at 7.45 p.m.  The prize for the victors will be an away tie at either Uxbridge or Northwood.

Although an important match, the “big” one for the Under-18’s is next Monday’s FA Youth Cup, 3rd Qualifying Round tie down the road at Staines Town when the winners will go into the hat with all the Football League teams in the 1st Round Proper.  Two of our team, namely Tyler Tobin and Luke Neville have been named in the Middlesex County squad to play against Sussex at Lancing next Sunday, with several others on the stand by list.  It is, of course, an honour to be picked by the County and the boys will regard it as such but whether we really want our players playing the day before the FA Youth Cup match is a debatable point, especially as Staines don’t seem to have anyone in the main squad, which seems highly odd given the quality of their squad.

Once again there is no Suburban League match in midweek, even though the team did not have a match on Saturday so Mick Snowden’s boys are not in action until next Saturday, when they travel into Hampshire to meet up with old CCL rivals Hartley Wintney FC.

Finally a big “well done” to the Ladies who secured their first win of the season by two goals to one over top of the table Hackney Ladies.  Ashford were two goals up at half time and then hit the woodwork twice in the second period, before conceding a disputed goal to their visitors.  We look forward to Stuart’s report with extra relish this week.